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AP: Santorum Is Out Of Step With The Nation

From the shameless wantons at the Associated Press:

On birth control, Santorum out of step with nation

By CONNIE CASS and JENNIFER AGIESTA
February 17, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans don’t share Rick Santorum’s absolutist take on abortion. He’s out of step on women in combat. He questions the values of the two-thirds of mothers who work. He’s even troubled by something as commonplace as birth control — for married couples.

Even among a Republican presidential field anxious to please religious conservatives, Santorum’s ideas stand out.

A Catholic father of seven whose kids are home-schooled [!], Santorum may seem to wear his conservatism as comfortably as his sweater vests. But he’s walked a careful path, keeping the more provocative opinions that helped sink his re-election to the Senate in 2006 mostly out of his presidential campaign

Now Santorum’s record on social issues is getting a closer look. On several matters, he’s outside the Republican mainstream. And if he becomes the GOP nominee, some of his ideas would likely be surprising, even puzzling, to general election voters.

Again, this is not supposed to be an editorial. (Except that in reality everything published by the Associated Press these days is an editorial.)

— Santorum: Says he wouldn’t try to take away the pill or condoms. But he believes states should be free to ban them if they want.

Actually, Santorum has said it would not be unconstitutional for states to ban contraception. Which is actually the case. (He also has said he would vote against such a ban, by the way.)

He argues that the Supreme Court erred when it ruled in 1965 that Americans have a right to privacy that includes the use of contraceptives.

What a crazy view. Nobody has ever questioned the Supreme Court’s ruling in Griswold v. Connecticut, which established "penumbras" and "emanations" that no legal scholars had ever imagined before.

Birth control, even within marriage, violates his beliefs as a Catholic.

It also violates Joe Biden’s, Nancy Pelosi’s and John Kerry’s beliefs. Or rather, it would, if they followed the Church’s teachings. (Cf. the Humana Vitae.)

Last year Santorum told the Christian blog Caffeinated Thoughts that as president he would warn the nation about "the dangers of contraception" and the permissive culture it encourages. "Many of Christian faith have said, ‘Well, that’s OK. Contraception is OK,’" he said. "It’s not OK. It’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. … If it’s not for purposes of procreation, then you diminish this very special bond between men and women."

Again, this is more lunacy from Santorum. There is no evidence that our sexual mores have gotten more permissive. And there is no evidence that this has led to any decline in our culture. Or that any of this has hurt the country.

In fact, our country has never been in better shape. Just ask the AP.

Santorum has campaigned on a pledge to end all federal funding of birth control, which low-income women in some states receive through the state-federal Medicaid program.

We have yet to see this. But even it if it is true, why should taxpayers fund ‘the morning after pill’ which is in effect an abortion, which can occur 63 days after conception.

— Catholics: Despite the church’s teachings, 84 percent of Catholics believe a person who uses artificial birth control can still be a good Catholic, according to a CBS News poll. And 89 percent of Catholic women favor expanding access to birth control for those who can’t afford it, the nonpartisan [sic] Public Religion Research Institute found.

— All Americans: … A mere 8 percent of Americans think birth control is morally wrong, according to a Pew Research Center poll this month. Four in 10 say it’s not even a moral issue these days

The AP refuses to understand the difference between making something illegal and mandating that the rest of us pay for it. Santorum is not trying to ban contraception. He just doesn’t see why insurance companies and taxpayers should be forced by the government to pay for it.

— Santorum: Spoke out against women in combat when the Pentagon announced plans to allow them to serve closer to the front…

— Republicans: Six in 10 would allow women to serve in units that engage in close combat; about a third are opposed, a Quinnipiac University poll last year found.

— All Americans: Slightly more favorable toward women in combat than Republicans.

Does anyone believe these polls?

— Santorum: Wants to reinstate the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy that banned openly gay service members…

— All Americans: An overwhelming number — 68 percent — favor allowing gays to serve openly, the same poll found.

Again, nobody outside of the ‘Bay Area’ believes this poll.

— Santorum: Favors amending the Constitution to ban abortion. He says that human life begins at conception and doctors who perform abortions should be charged as criminals…

— All Americans: Even less likely to say there should be no abortions at all — 16 percent support a total ban. About half of Americans want abortion to be legal in most cases, and almost as many say it should be mostly illegal.

In reality, most Americans oppose abortion. But the media always lard their push polls with questions about abortions after rape and abortions that involve the life of the mother, which few oppose. Then they use those numbers to say that everyone is for abortion.

But articles like this one is exactly why the news media do push polls in the first place. They then turn around and present their manipulated poll results as established facts. When their polling is usually nothing more than another propaganda tool being used to advance their agenda.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 17th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “AP: Santorum Is Out Of Step With The Nation”

  1. mr_bill says:

    Remember when the AP got “all wee wee’d up” about black voters not agreeing with nerobama’s positions? Wait, they didn’t.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDlJMtjMMvw

    8% (if one believes the AP’s numbers) believe contraception is morally wrong. Gays only account for about 1.5% of the population, but the AP never spends any time telling us how small that minority is.

    When was the last time the AP talked about how far out of step nerobama is? Have they spent any time telling us about the overwhelming majority that oppose obamacare, his never-ending debt, his weaknes on foreign policy, his bowing to foreign sovereigns, his insulting of our allies, his lack of support for Israel, his softness on islamic jihad, his support of illegal immigration, his disdain of the Constitution, and his assault on individual rights?

    I happen to agree with Santorum. I guess I’m one of the crazy Republicans, too.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Santorum is proving himself unfit for further office. Or, as retired AF Officer and fighter jock Martha McSally said of Rick, “I wanna kick him in the jimmy”.

    I ‘m beginning to believe the Obama campaign promised Santorum a whole lot of loot if he would get in the race and f*** it all up.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    I like the way Rick is proactively handling this. He’s asserting his position clearly, which is that he is not going to legislate from the White House on this. When the media intentionally distort what he says, he doesn’t get exasperated, but points out the lie, restates what the premise of the controversy is really about, and explains why the Left want to gin up these divisions.

    I wrote months ago that if you’re going to be a strong representative of our side on the Culture Wars, then one best have their heart in it and their head on top of how the Left will battle it; and that Santorum might in fact be one of those few who can walk the walk genuinely.

    I think (or hope really) that the regime has overreached here. When reason can start prevailing through all this ginned up emotion again, people will understand what giving government these powers means. The Conservatives just need to stick to their message. The regime is the bunch of radicals.

    • canary says:

      Tranquil.night I agree. I know many conservatives who share the beliefs the media says of Rick’s and there is no way he’d legislate it other than for federal government not to pay for it.
      I agree with Rick more education needs to be taught of the dangers of birth control.
      The morning after pill warnings leave out the pill may lead to cystic fibrosis tumors in the wound which could lead to future premature births and need of hysterectomy’s or the new laser zap the tumors in order for a women to not end up bleeding to death during periods.

      Santorum didn’t use the evasive keep his mouth and website minimal to evade transparency as the other candidates. It comes down to which Republican can beat Obama.

  4. Melly says:

    I don’t believe that Santorum is under fire for his supposedly out of the mainstream social conservatism. I believe the ineloquent and intolerant way he expresses his Catholic beliefs and his record in the Senate make him look like a statist theocrat. His social conservative views are, by and large, in accord with the majority of Americans on most social issues. The tide has been turning on abortion for years, gay marriage is still unpopular with a majority of the electorate (including majority opposition to the Prop 8 ruling in California), and the majority of the country is opposed to the HHS mandate. Where Santorum evidently loses favor is his personal opposition to contraception explaining it is because he is a devote Catholic. Were he a devote Catholic, he would also claim that, for religious reasons, he does not believe in war but as President he will have the nation’s best interests in mind and exercise military strength if need be. Catholicism is tough – you are either in it or not. As a Knight of Magistral Grace of the Knights of Malta he frankly does not represent the Catholic Church well at all; in fact he is giving it a bad name. I think of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s quote when I hear Santorum speak of his Catholic beliefs. “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” Santorum is systematically adding to the number of people who hate the Catholic Church.

    • tranquil.night says:

      And they won’t vote Romney either! – because the vast Catholic theocratic conspiracy headed by the KoM, Knights Templar, Jesuits, and the Illuminati vis-a-vis the Pope are bigoted against and afraid of people being lead by a representative of the One True Religion!

      “Santorum is systematically adding to the number of people who hate the Catholic Church.”

      Nice projection and wish-casting. What an enlightened and respectful view you have of the average American.

      It’s funny to me how campaign groupies take on the personality traits of their nominee.

    • Melly says:

      tranquil.night – what a delightful human being you are…..warm, engaging, non-judgmental, even-tempered and ecumenical to boot. I feel that I am so much more enriched by having the honor of reading your printed words. You’ve left an incredible mixture of lasting impressions.

    • Steve says:

      Please, everyone. Let’s remember the name of this site.

      We have bigger fish to fry than each other.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “We have bigger fish to fry than each other.”

      Yes sir. That is why I reacted so forcefully.

      Melly is asserting a false perception about the church that is and has been popular among American non-Catholics for generations, backs up none of those assertions with sources, nor fully explains what she is insinuating with statements like “As a Knight of Magistral Grace of the Knights of Malta he frankly does not represent the Catholic Church well at all; in fact he is giving it a bad name.”

      But she is right: Santorum is going to be unfairly judged by many in the electorate because of his convictions just as Romney probably will be (even though Mitt is much more private about it), no matter how much he explains that he understands the limited role the executive has on these matters.

      My point is I don’t see much focus on the right on muck-raking over every controvertial legacy and belief of the mormons. Maybe it’s because people on the Right think these issues get trumped by the radical statist in the White House declaring it Jesus’ will that the rich pay their fair share in taxes.

    • canary says:

      Tranquil, I understand where your coming for. We would not want to hit Romney’s mormon beliefs and practice.

      We would not want to point out Romney dodged the draft to fight in Vietnam to live in luxury in France where he found it difficult to convert the French as they’d have to give up booze, coffee soda pop. Any communication with a female during this period is limited, and absolute abstaining from not only sex, but
      any close relationship.

      And speaking on the regulation of what they are told to eat, drink, & smoke, no romantic relations, hurdles to climb before they even date, we may be regulated to not even cook or clean a toilet one day every week. I think it’s Saturday.

    • tranquil.night says:

      I don’t believe Mitt was looking to dodge the draft Canary.

      I’ll leave it to the Left to ridicule and revile the beliefs, practices and history of others while their man sat in Rev. Wright’s pew for two decades and trust voters can still properly decide for themselves what is Backwards and what is Tolerant.

    • canary says:

      Tranquil. It’s in his book how he longed to go to Vietnam, but he was forced by his religious beliefs to
      go to France for 2 years to try and convert the French to be Mormons.

      Why he used the Mormon church won in against the federal government in number games to keep their young adult men to not register the draft in that it violated their religious rights for these young men to to do their 2 year bicycle stint, and avoid the draft when other religions did not do this.

      Nothing stopped the Mormon church from standing for fellow Americans and serving 2 years missionary work or 2 tours of duty to minister to our brave U.S. soldiers in Vietnam.

      As Mitt laughs, his stint in France was waste except for learning the language because the French like their wine.

      I am merely pointing out the lack of religious freedom and civil rights the Mormon church practices.
      I know of mighty fine Mormons, but more slimy Mormons (the higher in the church the worse).

    • tranquil.night says:

      “It’s in his book how he longed to go to Vietnam, but he was forced by his religious beliefs to go to France for 2 years to try and convert the French to be Mormons.”

      I don’t know how anyone could’ve ‘longed’ to go to Vietnam, but I know that’s what Mitt says. If I had to wager, it’s probably out of a sense of guilt for the situation.

      But there’s a lot of missing context to this issue, which of course won’t stop the set narrative once the Left runs with it in the general. But here we go:

      The premise of whether Mitt maybe received preferential treatment because of his political and religious connections is something I consider to be different than whether he was intentionally trying to “dodge” the draft, because it involves a much broader set of circumstances that were probably completely out of young Mitt’s control. Whether he benefitted from the situation, he was merely genuinely following his church’s long-established doctrine and command. Plus, he did eventually register for the draft, just was never picked.

      There are a lot of practices and positions of the LDS Church that I disagree with too, across a host of spectrums. Judging Mitt guilty by association for all of it strikes me as wrong as holding a Catholic responsible for everything that’s been done under the church’s name too.

      “I know of mighty fine Mormons, but more slimy Mormons (the higher in the church the worse).”

      Indeed, which can be said of many religious institutions. Especially religious institutions. The devil loves defiling God’s House. Not as a blanket statement, but generally, power corrupts.

      I already have enough of what I feel are worthy disagreements with Mitt on politics and policy. This ‘dodging’ Vietnam thing seems like a great distraction for the Left to sit there and say Republicans love promoting war because it’s never their own who fight them, when that’s bullshit.

      Canary, if you are willing, could you email me a chapter number or the general area of the book where Mitt writes about this? I’d so greatly appreciate it, as I’m just looking for a little clarity should Mitt be our nominee and we have to deal with it again. tranquilnighthawk@gmail.com

    • canary says:

      No harm can possibly done by Mitt’s choices as a young Mormon. Both Conservatives and Liberals will love it. Personally, I’ve been bribed to join the Mormon church so many times being told stories that they will pay my bills. I consider that “money changing”, and have never taken a penny from a Mormon, because I would feel guilty.
      There is good and bad in every profession to help man. Doctors, lawyers, politicians, preachers, teachers, etc. I am anti-abortion, my best and longest friend has had several. I am a Christian and some of my friends are atheists (they just don’t realize they got their good morals and values from the U.S.A.)
      I’ve missed a lot for a week or so and came in late. Pro is gone. I missed it all. But, do see that we are suppose to not be critical of candidates, and I won’t be critical of Santuram because of his beliefs.
      A key is the reversal of partial-birth abortions be banned immediately.

    • canary says:

      Easy way is to look up a Romney support site Setting the record straight. Click on Vietnam. You can donate too.

      http://whyromney.com/

  5. canary says:

    Melly, who did you vote for last presidential election.

  6. chainsaw says:

    Looks like the AP is finally getting around to dogging Santorum. That’s a plus in my book. Funny thing though, I don’t recall this same doggedness on Obama’s religious and social beliefs. Someone needs to remind the AP that their favorite young Presidnet was also a Catholic (what? JFK and his brother were Catholics of a different church? The one that supports abortion? Where is this church located?).


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