Santorum Continues Remembering Everything

and learning nothing–and his most zealous supporters continue to be discernment-free partisans of the Thing that Used to be Conservatism who think that wearing precious feet pins confers the sacrament of baptism on every crazy war-mongering thing he says.

The GOP has a choice in the coming years on foreign policy: it can become more like Santorum or it can become more like Hagel. If the party chooses the former, its political fortunes over the long term will be every bit as bright as Santorum’s.

Militarism, however, has become the sole core value of the Thing that Used to Be Conservatism, just as abortion is the sole core value of the Thing that Used to be Liberalism.  We are reliable slaves of the Culture of Death.

  • http://lolbamas.com/ DRH

    Wait… the evidence that the only core value of Conservatism is “militarism” is an article in “The American *Conservative*” taking Santorum to task for alleged militarism?

    Well, huh.
    (Leaving aside the fact that the article itself is a substanceless, name-calling diatribe. If you follow the links down, the “worst” you find is Santorum calling for anti-Islamist language to be used. Oooooo…. scary.)

    • Jmac

      Those epistemic closure bubbles sure are fun, aren’t they?

  • http://www.batesline.com Michael Bates (@BatesLine)

    I don’t believe I’m familiar with this crazy warmongering Santorum of whom you speak. I am familiar with former Sen. Rick Santorum, who believes, rightly, that America cannot pull back from involvement in the wider world without creating a power vacuum that will be exploited by malign forces in places like Moscow, Beijing, and Tehran.

    • Confederate Papist

      So nation building and meddling in other people’s (nation’s) affairs, all for the goal of building up the Empire, is okay with you?

      • http://www.batesline.com Michael Bates (@BatesLine)

        What empire? When in the last 100 years has America ruled any part of the world as an imperial state exacting tribute?

        • Edward Hara

          Lord have mercy!!! How does one become so freakin’ ignorant? Do yourself a favor and read the posts over at Common Dreams for 6 months. While I don’t agree with their pro-abort, pro-gay stance one little bit as a Catholic, they will give you something you DESPERATELY NEED — an education into the REAL WORLD in which America has been nothing short of a Mason infested international bully.

          • “joe”

            fully agreed (both about CD’s abortionism and about their excellent documetnation of imperialism).

        • Jmac

          Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    • Mark Shea

      Then you aren’t paying attention.

  • http://www.batesline.com Michael Bates (@BatesLine)

    Looking at his archive, Larison seems to be one of those bloggers who thinks Israel doesn’t deserve a right to existence or effective self-defense.

    • Mark Shea

      Yes. People who are mildly critical of Israel typically hear that. Larison doesn’t believe in the Immaculate Conception of the state of Israel. That doesn’t mean he wants to obliterate it. Sheesh.

      • http://www.batesline.com Michael Bates (@BatesLine)

        No, I’m sure he’s happy to let the Palestinians and Hizbollah take care of that. His obsession with Israel and American policy toward Israel speaks loudly.

        • Bill

          Israel is not above reproach, and a good number of Palestinians are our co-religionists too.

        • “joe”

          funny then that you can’t hear what he’s saying.

  • William

    As for the US/Israel relationship, Santorum wants to make sure the tail continues to wag the dog and Hagel is not content with the status quo.

  • Confederate Papist

    I’m not a Hagel fan either…but there’s no telling who else Tyrant Obama would pick if Hagel doesn’t get the nod.

    • Bob_the_other

      Larison isn’t himself overly starry-eyed about Hagel, but thinks he is better than just about anybody else who would be picked. And on the other hand, Hagel is easily more socially conservative than McCain, for instance.

  • Justin N.

    Mark, don’t you know that criticizing or questioning in any way the Conservative American establishment is anti-Catholic? Further more, this grave evil, when matched with adequate knowledge and full consent of the will (both of which I am confident you have) becomes a mortal sin, removing sanctifying grace, cutting you off from the salvific grace of Jesus Christ and communion with the Catholic Church? I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to consider confession, the fount of forgiveness, rectifying this hellish condition and, thus, entering into communion, once more, with American Conservativism, also known as the Catholic Faith. (note sarcasm) Cheers! ;-)

    • rakowskidp

      Sadly, this is almost exactly what a “conservative” Catholic friend told my wife when she voiced real concerns about Santorum’s record.

  • http://www.thyselfolord.blogspot.com Pedro Erik

    Sorry, the article in the American Conservative is baseless. The surge in Iraq was the best to Iraq itself. Santorum seems right to me and firm.

  • B.E. Ward

    Hegel? I Kant get behind him…

  • Consistency

    Bates, are you serious? I could list any nation currently or previously occupied by our military (Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama, Vietnam). Or we could talk about really obvious imperialism… Like in Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, Puerto Rico. You can’t be this thoroughly uninformed, right?

  • Elmwood

    Yeah, Santorum’s war-mongering policy is depressing. He may otherwise be a good candidate. But then again, Obama may be a good President if not for his allegence to the culture of death and big government run social welfare.

  • Peggy R

    Whatever. I’d go with Santorum over Hagel any day. All men are imperfect.

  • William

    As a former dispensationalist, who entered the Catholic Church 30 years ago, I can only say that Santorum’s foreign policy stances regarding the Middle East seem to be deeply rooted in the heresy of dispensationalism.

    • Elmwood

      Yep, dispensationalism, that seldom heard of hersey which is behind the creation of the state of Isreal. It took years for the church to recognize the Jewish state. Still, the Jews are the choosen people and God is faithful to his promises.

      • William

        Elmwood, Jesus was no Zealot. (See John 18:36) Like the ultra Orthodox graffiti in Mea Sharim states, “Judaism and Zionism are diametrically opposed.”


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