Rick Santorum is Not the Political Fighter We Need


Rick Santorum has thrown his hat into the presidential ring. I can’t understand how a politician has been out of a political job for nearly 10 years can all of a sudden thing he’s qualified to be president.

Rick Santorum joined the Cruz Busters when the Texas Senator was trying to rally his fellow Republicans to stop the Obama Express. During his appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, the former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 presidential candidate bashed Republican Senator Cruz “saying that Cruz’s crusade against Obamacare had been counterproductive. ‘I would say in the end, he did more harm. I think it was not his objective.’”

Cruz’s objective was to fight for the constitutional principles that he and every other Senator had taken an oath to uphold. They were elected by a majority of people in their districts and States to fight for constitutional principles. They have just as much of a right to oppose legislation as any other elected official.

Being “counterproductive” is to allow this train wreck of a national healthcare system to go forward, which it has without much Republican opposition.

Santorum went on to say:

“I think his objective was a laudable one. I think he didn’t do a very good job of planning it out. I think it’s one thing to have a goal and another thing to have a plan to get you to that goal…Unlike the Democratic party who has a leader, has the president, there isn’t a leader in the Republican Party right now. That’s part of the problem. That’s part of the mess and the confusion. But that’s always the way it is with a party out of power. You have lots of different faces and those faces, as we’ve seen, they come and they go.”

The “plan” was to organize other Republicans who had pledged to repeal Obamacare to stand with him. Cruz wanted someone to lead, and when no one stood up to lead, he took the mantle of leadership hoping that his fellow-GOP Senators would follow.

Did any of the other Republican Senators who argued that Cruz’s tactics were wrong come up with a new set of tactics? No!

So who does Santorum blame? Ted Cruz.

Rick Santorum has been described as a “pro-life statist.” Many conservatives supported Santorum because of his stand on abortion. He was opposed to it. Good for him. But when it came to fiscal issues, Santorum, by his own admission, worked with the Democrats on growing the government.

According to CatholicVote.org, as a senator, Santorum actively supported socialistic legislation in open cooperation with liberals.

One of the reasons he lost his Senate seat in Pennsylvania, in addition to supporting RINO Arlen Specter over the conservative Pat Toomey in 2004, was his support of earmarks. But when he needed the support of the Tea Party for his presidential bid in 2012, he said that he regretted these votes. “I admit it, I once was an earmarker. And I apologize,” he said.

Rick Santorum still wants a place at the political table, but he has little to offer when it comes to taming the Leviathan State. “If you want another big-government politician who supports the status quo to run our country,” Santorum’s nephew John Garver writes, “you should vote for my uncle, Rick Santorum.” Garver is a 19-year-old student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

In reality, Rick Santorum is a political insider who can’t be trusted when it comes to playing political hardball.

For more about Rick Santorum who has followed his political career for more than 20 years, see Jerry Bowyer’s “Rick Santorum Has Problems with the Truth.”

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