Quote of the day, from Santorum

“God has given us this great country to allow His people to be free. I offer a public thanks to God.”

– Rick Santorum, after his dramatic thisclose second place finish in Iowa last night.

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  • Klaire

    I ditto the public thanks to God. Not that Iowa is the end all by any means, but at least it gives me hope (in the American People), that there are still “ears to hear” the importance of social conservatism, especially in a country where the major source of of its problems are rooted in immorality.

    If the timing was ever “right”, for a big family in the white house, one which is guided by faith, trust in God, and marriage between a man and a women, this would be the time. Morality can’t be legislated, but good role models can certainly shape morality.

    It’s not only refreshing to see hard work pay off, especially against big money, but to never under estimate the power of Divine Providence, which Santorum has often said has been on his side in every tough election (maybe he needed to lose the last one to prepare him for this).

    Great job Rick Santorum! You give many hope that we can again be proud of America, the most blessed country on the face of the earth, especially if we never forget from whom we are so blessed!

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    His speech last night did bring a tear to my eye. I don’t think he’s going to win, but perhaps a Romney/Santorum ticket is in the works.

  • oldestof9

    An election is kind of like driving a car.
    You never fear getting in and driving to your destination…your always afraid of what the other drivers do or don’t do.
    We’ll see what the “other drivers” do in this election.

    Klaire,
    Thanks for your hopefull post.

  • naturgesetz

    As a practical matter, I think Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich are likely to be stronger candidates than Santorum or Paul, either of whom might well lose to Obama. So I’m hoping the Anyone But Romney folks will coalesce around Perry or Gingrich.

    That said, I think Romney is not perfect, but quite acceptable, particularly when the alternative is Obama, and I really think he’d be the strongest candidate.

  • Barbara P

    Mr. Romney recently said he would veto the Dream Act if ever passed by Congress. Do you find that an acceptable position? I find that difficult to accept.

  • naturgesetz

    “Acceptable” does not mean “perfect.” It is generally not based on an individual position, but on the totality of a candidate’s positions in the context of the electoral campaign. It means this is a candidate I could vote for at this time. If we insist that the candidate we vote for has to be right about everything, we’ll never vote.

    Romney’s position on immigrants is one of the few negatives about him in my mind. One reason I’d like to see Rick Perry or Newt Gingrich as the non-Romney contender is that their positions on illegal immigrants are better than Romney’s.

  • Barbara P

    I agree that a candidate should be viewed in the context of all his/her positions. But his promise of a veto on the Dream Act seems to lack compassion so that I wonder what it says about him as a leader. It also makes me wonder if he will say anything to get the vote of the conservative base.

  • Irish Spectre

    Romney doesn’t give a rat’s a$$ about the culture of life issues; anyone who suggests otherwise is unserious, to put it as kindly as possible. At best, Mitt gives those issues tepid lip service every once in awhile, and he never even did that before the last election, when he had to venture outside of the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, and begin posing as someone other than a Barry Goldwater Republican, which he unmistakably is.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    The Dream act is amnesty and rewarding illegal behavior. How is it uncompassionate to ask that people who are citizens of one country and illegally enter another be asked to return to their country of citizenship? Or at least get in line to legally immigrate. They have taken the place of someone who legfally wants to come to this country. Sorry, but the bishops are all wrong on this issue.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    Actually Barry Goldwater was much closer to a Libertarian and, though I don’t know for certain, might have actually been pro-abortion. The Republican Party back in the sixties was not predominantly pro-life as it is now. Romney was pro-life before being Gov of Mass, and given that the overwhelming number of Mormons are pro-life, I think the odds are that Romney is actually pro-life but modified his position to be Gov. His true position might be the one he’s running on. But it doesn’t matter. If he wants to keep republican voters he has to push pro-life positions if elected as a Republican.

  • Oregon Catholic

    Frankly, anyone who would compromise their pro-life position to get elected doesn’t have a “true” position, only a politically expedient one.

  • Irish Spectre

    Mitt Romney wrote the book on political expedience; the concept of compromising one’s pro-life position is at its heart oxymoronic. Further, as Governor, he had devices at his disposal to fight homosexual “marriage”, which for the sake of policital expedience, he refused to use. Oh, and don’t forget about his presiding over Romneycare, also!

    There’s a reason why Mit Romney was the two-term governor of the most liberal state in the union; he sadly epitomizes the metamorphosis of the GOP to liberalism lite.

  • Max

    Ah yeah, Santorum…

    The guy who wants to bomb Iran, has no national organization, voted to raise the debt limit 5 times, and endorsed pro-abortion and Obamacare voter Arlen Specter.

    Forgive me for not getting excited.

  • Irish Spectre

    I hear you, Max. I frankly was unaware of the debt limit votes, and was in the midst of the exhausting mental gyration of trying to rationalize for myself that Specter endorsement a few years back that quite deservedly cost him his Senate seat, and then he goes off the other day like a neocon jackass, threatening the commencement of yet another freaking war!

    I concluded long ago that politics really screws up peoples’ minds.

  • Barbara P

    The Dream Act helps people who were brought here as children – they have no connection to the country they were born in. They are Americans for all intent and purposes. Depriving them of citizenship for a decision they had no control over and depriving them of a future lacks compassion.

  • Barbara P

    Every Congress has voted to raise the debt ceiling until the July debacle.

  • rdean

    I get the feeling he doesn’t like gay people. Or poor. Or blacks. Or women……..Or?

  • Mark

    Barbara, Obama and the democratic party had huge majorities in both houses of congress. They did not pass the “dream act” even with these large majorities. It is a dead issue at this point because many people do not want to see rewards given to those who broke the law. The children if allowed to have this act given to them would in essence become the anchor for which the left would soon scream that the parents have to be allowed to stay permanently even though they broke the law. It is as many programs are that are pushed by the liberal left deeply flawed. It is thrown up there even though there is no possibility it will pass to try to win votes of those fooled by this type of action. The real solution is to have control of the borders, to have a method to insure that we do not have illegals able to gain employment using some certain type of ID, and then to look at the entire immigration situation in a comprehensive way. However, we have been down this road with illegal activity before and gave amnesty to millions under Reagan with the solemn promise that the borders would be sealed which they never were. If we keep rewarding illegal activity, we will continue to get more illegals so the border has to come first. As such, one would hope a president would veto any bill that rewards illegal activity. Should we give children of parents sent to jail a whole set of benefits as well. Maybe let the kids of bank robbers keep the loot. We have enough illegal activity in this country without rewarding more.

  • Mark

    Oregon, please tell me how this does not apply to every promise or position made by every candidate.

    One thing is certain, no one on the Republican side is anywhere near to being totally sold out for abortion as Obama, planned parenthood PARTNER.

  • Klaire

    Not a good idea to go on “feelings” rdean, especially when the opposite is true.

    On the other hand, if you equate being anti gay “marriage” with not liking gay people, or excessive entitlements (doing more harm than good), for the poor, the black, and or women, than you are confusing moral policy with left rhetoric.

  • Mark

    Yes barbara, they have and it is sick. Now I hear the Democrats want to end this need and simply have an open checkbook.

    Anyone in congress will have votes that they have made which are in some way party politics. The same is true of supporting a candidate who has views outside key areas of party viewpoints. Because of the way the system is set up, to have the numbers in your party giving you power is important and that is why we see RINO’S in the Republican Senate for example because in those states, a real republican would not be elected. The same is true of those who are called blue dog democrats. I find it amazing that with an election, we then go back to every vote and try to make hay on a candidate’s vote that is often decades ago. Some hate it when the party or supporters want to see the candidates pledge what they will do on key issues if given their support going forward. In many ways this is a more accurate guage on what might happen if we elected them than a vote 20 years ago. What can be viewed as important is when a candidate has had close to 100% vote on particular issues for an extended period of time as with Newt and Santorum on pro life issues and with obama on pro abortion issues with every possible vote and action.

  • Mark

    Well said Klair. And of course now we see this left rhetoric turning into anti Catholic actions as noted by the USCCB toward the Obama administration actions on Catholic adoption agencies and other issues as well.

  • Mark

    Just watched an inteview with Bill Clinton that was very good. His position on Iran is that it is foolish to take military action of any kind off the table and he was critical of the Obama administration for doing so. If they know up front you are downsizing the military and stripping defense and have sworn not to take military action, you have nothing to use in any form of negotiation. I would not vote for any candidate that said that they upfront would take no military action against Iran. This is dangerous and encourages them to consider something liks shutting the Strait of Hormuz which if accomplished would drive oil up to many multiples of what we see today and kill our economy and that of the world. Spector was a mistake but was a calculation on holding the seat in Pennsylvannia. And by the way, Spector had supported pro life supreme court appointees when presented to a large degree and had vowed to continue to do so as part of that agreement. If a democrat won, it would be a certain vote that was pro abortion 100% at that ime. The other candidate had about a zero chance of winning if he won the nomination to represent the Republicans. The supposedly pro life democratic senator has voted with the democrats on many pro abortion issues like ObamaCare and in total had a 42 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee in the 111th session of Congress — voting against the pro-life position 4 out of 7 times.
    Newt again had a 99% rating over 20 years as pro life by the national Right to Life Committee.

  • Barbara P

    not sick – necessary to running a country that is a superpower. money needs to be well spent but it needs to be spent.

  • Barbara P

    The Affordable Health Care Act is not pro abortion. In my opinion it is pro life – thanks to the health insurance coverage I was able to buy for my 23 year old daughter, I am not in bankruptcy today as a result of her pancreatic tumor. Mark – aren’t you supposed to be on a retreat where you are reflecting on the things that you say?

  • Mark

    Barbara, when you are 15 trillion in debt, the spending is no longer possible at the current levels. The debt limit had what purpose? It required a vote to make sure those spending the money realized they have reached our debt limit and needed to make cuts. It has become a farce and is a sick act now, but voting against raising the debt ceiling when you are 15 trillion in the hole should not be critized.

  • Mark

    The USCCB disagrees with you on this issue and refused to support it. Those Catholics who voted for it by and large were voted out of office. There were other ways offered in hundreds of amendments and bills which would have helped your situation without ObamaCare that would also not have caused millions in America to see their cost of insurance rise dramatically this year.

    And yes, I am going on retreat this weekend, and always reflect on these things. But until America ends the holocaust of abortion in this country, which means putting the same party that gave us slavery and lynching of the African Americans out of power, we will be a country in trouble. I will pray for those lost souls who support this party and keep the abortion mills running full steam ahead in tolls that exceed the death camps in Nazi Germany. We cry over those killed in the death camps while we do nothing to stop the party of abortion from killing 8 times more innocent people and counting.


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