"To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case? That makes me throw up and it should make every American…Now we’re going to turn around and say we’re going to impose our values from the government on people of faith, which of course is the next logical step when people of faith, at least according to John Kennedy, have no role in the public square. " - Rick Santorum to George Stephanopoulus on Sunday television show This Week
"I'm for separation of church and state. The state has no business telling the church what to do."Taking these two quotes from Rick Santorum together, one can see that he doesn't believe that the state should have any control over religion. On the other hand, he obviously does believe that the church should be able to tell the state what to do, no matter how much he may deny it now that he has started to receive flak because of his ignorant statement to Stephanopoulus on Sunday..
- Rick Santorum in Michigan today
Rick Santorum, I remember Jack Kennedy's speech back when he was running for president. Rick Santorum, you are no Jack Kennedy.
Of course, Kennedy, the first and so far only Catholic president this country has had, never said anything close to what Santorum accused him of saying, as Joan Walsh carefully delineated in her excellent blog post on Salon.com entitled "Santorum's JFK story makes me want to throw up" in which she quotes extensively from JFK's speech. But Santorum, like many other Republicans, is in no way bound by the truth. They seem to believe that if they can say it, it somehow magically becomes true. This entire year of vying for the Republican presidential nomination could justly be called "The Year of Magical Thinking."
What is particularly troubling is that Walsh is one of the few journalists on the scene today who is willing to point to such statements as Santorum has made and call a lie a lie. This is true even though the lie is easily debunked with only a brief internet search to call up the Kennedy speech and read it.
And so we continue to get lies such as Gingrich's statement that Senator Obama voted in favor of infanticide or Romney's insistence that the economy is in worse shape today than when President Obama took office. And we continue to hear the lie that Barack Obama was not born in this country or that he is not a Christian but a Muslim. There seems to be no depth that the perfidy and dishonesty of these people will not plumb in their desperate attempt to remove from the White House a black president whom they despise and disrespect.
I am so sick of all of these puny little unworthy men running for the Republican Party's nomination for president that I just want them all to go away - the sooner the better. They are an embarrassment to a once proud party and to this country. The thought that any of them could stand a snowball's chance in hell of becoming president of the country is enough to make me throw up.