I’m frightened. Very frightened.
I was listening to an NPR
story today, that was originally broadcast on Tuesday March 13, 2012,
or primary day in Alabama and Mississippi. The story, by Russel Lewis,
is entitled “In South, GOP Voters Balance Faith, Defeating Obama.”
Monday night Rick ‘Sicko’ Santorum, and Newtie Newt Gingrich, took part
in a candidates forum in Birmingham, Alabama. The NPR reporter was
there, and that’s where he filed his report. I actually had to rewind the
podcast I was listening to, because I couldn’t quite believe what I
There were comments made by the candidates, and voters, that I found disturbing and shocking. Am I over-reacting? I don’t know - what do you think?
Santorum repeated what he always says:
people read the Constitution and say, 'Oh, we get our rights from the
Constitution,' that is wrong," he said. "The Constitution does not give
us rights. It recognizes rights that are written on our heart because we
are a creature of God. That's where we get our rights from."
know that I’ve asked this before, but what planet does this man live
on? How does this man convince people that he is worthy of their vote
when he utters such nonsense?
Gingrich wasn’t going to let Santorum be the only candidate to say stupid things.
are not just in the business of defeating Obama," Gingrich said. "We
are in the business of replacing the bureaucracies, replacing the laws,
correcting the judges and getting back to a country that's on the right
Replacing what laws? Correcting the judges? He has to be smoking crack.
Some of the people attending the candidates forum said all we need to hear methinks.
Becca Robinson of Oneonta, Ala., one candidate will get her vote:
Santorum. And there's one reason why: "He wants to bring God into
everything, and to me and my Christianity, that's what I needed to hear.
You know, that's what we need," she said.
is a Mormon, an unfamiliar faith here. But his religion didn't come up
among the dozen attendees I spoke with. Instead, for people like Judy
Sellers, it was Obama's faith that was an issue.
really don't think that a nation that falls on Muslim leadership,
potentially, is going to be a nation that's going to survive," she said.
it's not the only topic that made a return appearance last night. John
Gentile of Crossville, Tenn., still doesn't believe Obama is allowed to
be president because his father was born in Kenya.
just don't like the directions that he's headed in, and personally I
don't think he qualifies to be president under the 'natural born
citizen.' In the Constitution it states that you have to have two
parents that were born in the United States, so that there's no
alternative allegiance by any member of the family," Gentile said.
person thinks we need Christianity, another thinks that the President
is Muslim, and another doesn’t know what the Constitution says, so he
makes shit up.
A guy named Michael Kagan left a comment in the comment section. He said:
live in the Deep South though not in either of these two states. This
is typical and the comments of these people and these candidates are an
GOP nominee will have to move back towards the center in the fall and
with this theocratic rhetoric it will be hard to pull off.”
It’s not just an embarrassment, it’s downright frightening.
If Santorum were to get anywhere near the Oval Office, I’d look for a Canadian or European spouse. Fast.
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