Someone Remind Santorum about the Constitution

Rick Santorum tries to link health care to the French Revolution:

He starts off by mentioning the mantra of the revolutionaries, “Liberty, Fraternity and Equality.” He makes it clear that this is a bottom-up justification for government, rather than a top-down version in which government is based on the authority of God. He’s obviously miffed by that. I think he’s forgotten something:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Our Constitution begins with this statement in order to establish its legitimacy. Our system is based on the consent of the governed. In other words, we are also a bottom-up system. IF Santorum wants to change that, then he’s the radical in this story, not Obama.

  • Baby_Raptor

    You’re assuming he’d pay attention even if someone tried to school him. I don’t have much hope for that.

  • kessy_athena

    It will surprise no one who knows Santorum that he wants to bring back divine right monarchy. It is a bit surprising he came out and actually said so. At least he’s being honest.

    You’d think that after getting kicked out of the Senate by Pennsylvania voters that he’d get the message to go away… I am proud to say that I’m one of the voters who had the honor of sending him packing.

    • PrimateZero

      Me too! and I can’t wait to vote out Corbett.

      • kessy_athena

        You and me both. Did you know that if Corbett gets voted out, he’ll be the first Pennsylvania governor to fail to win a second term since the current PA constitution was adopted in 1968?

        • PrimateZero

          No, I did not know that. Well here’s to a one and done Corbett. Double plus good.

  • GubbaBumpkin

    He makes a strong case for a single-payer health care system. So I’m sure that he and members of his party would be happy to have such a system…

  • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

    Do you think Santorum’s head would explode if we told him the French Revolution phrase was modeled after and heavily influenced by the ideas contained in the Constitution and political writings of Madison and Jefferson?

    • phantomreader42

      ‘Fraid not. Paradox-absorbing crumple zones.

  • Vizbones

    Radical? No, he’s really more of a…Santorum (internet definition):

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/santorum#Noun

  • Michael

    This is just another Republican accidentally arguing that taxes are evil because we can’t choose not to pay them.

    • kessy_athena

      Taxes are the price of living in a civilized society. Tea Party types seem to think they’re entitled to the benefits of that society without having to pay for it. It seems that irony is truly an unbounded variable.

  • CarysBirch

    Yes, Santorum, exactly. You have to do what the government tells you to. We call those LAWS. As a lawmaker, part of your job is to construct and enact these laws.

    /headdesk

    • GubbaBumpkin

      He’s a former lawmaker. Thank FSM.

  • ORAXX

    The wheels can be painfully slow to turn, but ultimately, as long as we are some semblance of a free society, the best way to deal with fools is to let them speak. Santorum has spoken, and not enough people care to matter.

  • Rain

    What’s with all the theocrats everywhere? Anti-government people used to be thought of as unpatriotic. Now they’re like the norm or something. WTF lol.

    • JohnMWhite

      Anti-government sentiment suddenly being all the rage among conservatives has nothing to do with the colour of the person who presently embodies the Executive Branch of the US government. Nothing at all. Move along.


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