Kathryn Jean Lopez: Rick Santorum has his share of believers

2011-06-04T03:00:00Z Kathryn Jean Lopez: Rick Santorum has his share of believersKathryn Jean Lopez Auburn Citizen
June 04, 2011 3:00 am  • 

“IF WE ALLOW GAY MARRIAGE NEXT THING U KNOW PEOPLE WILL BE MARRYING GOLD FISH,” Miley Cyrus tweeted. She was protesting news that the president of Urban Outfitters has contributed to former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, and taking some liberty with arguments Santorum’s made about the importance of protecting traditional marriage.

Such is pretty much the media life of Rick Santorum. When Keira Knightley took “Daily Show” star Jon Stewart’s advice to use Google to identify the Republicans who participated in the first primary debate last month, the British actress reported: “I just Googled Santorum. I feel like my innocence has been taken away.” Santorum has more than his share of outspoken, vitriolic foes. And the insults and injustices of the political arena — and the 17-point loss he took in his last election, for re-election to the Senate in 2006 — are not keeping him from running for the Republican nomination for president of the United States this year.

The question on the minds of many who are aware of Santorum’s campaign: “Why would he bother?”

Well, he would bother because he believes, as so many who have showed up at tea party rallies in the last two years do, that America is in existential jeopardy if we fail to make some swift and hard choices, rooted in who we are and who want to be. He would bother because he has experience working in Washington, working with people of a variety of views, moving legislation forward that provides humane solutions to problems sometimes created by well-intentioned government programs. He would bother because he loves people and policy, and sees the connections between the two.

On marriage, by the way, he has said that: “If we do not, as a party and as a people, stand behind the institution of marriage and understand its essential role as the glue that holds the family together, #— we are going to destine our children and destine the future of this country for a lower standard of living and less free and prosperous country.”

Santorum, who was a leader in truly changing the abortion debate in the 1990s, does not discuss issues like the dignity of human life and marriage to be divisive or intolerant but he because believes they#,re integral to our founding, our divinely ordained rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Now, I’m an unabashed fan of Santorum, and he#’s a friend of mine. So don’t take my word for it. Consider what David Brooks, not known as a so-called hardline conservative, wrote on the eve of Santorum#’s 2006 election loss: “If serious antipoverty work is going to be done, it’s going to emerge from a coalition of liberals and religious conservatives. Without Santorum, that’s less likely to happen.” U2 front man Bono, who, of course, is known for his work trying to help the long-suffering people of Africa, told Brooks: “I would suggest that Rick Santorum has a kind of Tourette’s disease; he will always say the most unpopular thing. But on our issues, he has been a defender of the most vulnerable.”

On Friday mornings for the last two years, Santorum has regularly guest-hosted Bill Bennett#’s nationally syndicated morning radio show.

On one of the final shows before his presidential launch, a caller from Atlanta offered that he had not been particularly fond of Santorum before the radio stint, thinking he was “just another politician talking about conservatism.” But, “listening to you, it has become obvious that you not only understand the issues, but you live the issues.”

But can he win? I think this is the Republicans’ election to lose. Santorum has won elections in his time in a heavily Democratic state, where he outpolled Republicans on the presidential ticket. “When you look at his record and his biography, from the way he talks about social, economic, and national security issues, he stands for what Reagan Democrats liked in Reagan,” his senior adviser, Seth Leibsohn, points out.

Since Santorum is bothering to run, for the sake of republic, he#,s worth taking a look at. (Conservative eminence grise George Will, by the way, has also said as much.) For his record. For his plans. For who he is and why he does it. For America.

Lopez is the editor of National Review Online

(www.nationalreview.com). She can be contacted at klopez@nationalreview.com

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  1. StavrosNJ
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    StavrosNJ - June 04, 2011 7:29 pm
    Thank you for placing this article on the WEB. I believe Rick Santorum is the man of the hour.

    I got to know his name back in the 90’s when I was in a business trip to one of the Caribbean islands. Returning from work I turned on the TV to hear the news of the approaching hurricane over the island and while I was checking the channels, I came across one which glued me to my chair and I did not leave the place till the power went out. I wept when I heard this man, Rick Santorum, presenting his case before the subcommittee showing to them a stack of papers approx. 2 inches thick of US companies, with their names and addresses covered, that were merchandising limbs and body parts of unborn children for $$$, itemizing pieces as though they where purchasing screws or bolts. I wonder how long America will continue to exist before God steps in, as He did in Sodom and Gomorra, and wipes all of us out. I am afraid to say that the weather conditions we experiencing in the last few years and even this year alone, with so many tornados and floods, are not the results of air currents and temperature changes from “mother nature”, as many would like to think, in order to ease their consciences.

    Where is the family and family structure today? Before the media our President endorsed publically the same sex marriage is as honorable as the traditional one and the rest of us need to come to grips and recognize it. Never! Never! Never! He willfully ignores that these ethical and moral issues are not to be compared with issues of taste and preference. He knows better than that. I suppose he calls himself a “Christian”; but his views of Christianity are foreign to the Scriptures. Perhaps it will do well to him to read Romans 1:18-31. That will settle the record once and for all.

    What Rick Santorum needs the most is to look upward and to stand firm for what is morally and ethically right before the Almighty. God has His own ways to confirm it. There was a famous king by the name Nebuchadnezzar who had great ideas of himself, being proud of his accomplishments and the nation which he built, as we read in the Old Testament in Daniel 4:27-34. He learned a great deal of God’s corrective actions. Unfortunately, America today is trifling with the very same issues and repeating the same follies of the past.

    We desperately need men with moral and ethical rectitude, whose personal integrity and character cannot be shaken by the opinion of the masses.

    Undoubtedly, Rick Santorum fits into this category.
  2. former resident of Auburn
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    former resident of Auburn - June 04, 2011 3:41 pm
    Every time Kathryn Jean Lopez writes a column, it's either about abortion, gay marriage, conservative views are so wonderful and everyone should want them, or how the Democrats are ruining this country by wanting to raise taxes on the top 2% who can well afford to pay, etc... When is she ever going to write a column about where the US jobs are that the Republicans promised since President Obama agreed to extend the W. Bush Tax Cuts until the end of 2012? I'd be interested to read where these US jobs are and how they are being created because of these so called terrific W. Bush Tax Cuts that have been given out since 2001.
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