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Stupid Things Rick Santorum Says

Updated on April 8, 2012

My Disclosure

This hub lists many of the stupid things that Rick Santorum has said in the course of his campaign (and sometimes before hand) with some of the reasons why these comments are so dumb (and often scary).

I must admit though that I am an Independant who leans towards the liberal side, especially in regards to social issues. When it comes to fiscal issues, I would prefer to be more conservative. I tend to vote democratic because I believe that social issues (basic rights for all Americans) are more important in this day and age than fiscal issues (don't mis-understand me, the economy is very important, but if we slowly lose our freedoms, eventually the economy won't really matter anymore)

The only candidate that I would vote for on the Republican side right now is Ron Paul. He does have his crazy moments, but at least he supports individual freedom more than the rest of them.


Stupid Things Rick Said

Rick Santorum is the scariest remaining potential Republican nominee. His views are dangerous to an America based on the Bill of Rights and individual freedom. Here is a sampling of the stupid things that he has said on the campaign trail that more than prove this:

"I don't believe in an America where the separation between church and state is absolute" - Well Rick, which church shouldn't be separated from the state? My guess is that you are referring to the Catholic Church, and you would be the first to throw a hissy fit if a leader from Islam or Judaism said the same thing.

"JFK’s 1960 Speech Made Me Want to Throw Up" - Wasn't this the speech in which JFK stated that the American Constitution should come before any politicians religious views? Wasn't JFK saying that ALL Americans should be free to practice their own religions in their own ways, regardless of what religion the president was? Isn't this pretty much exactly what the 1st amendment says in regards to religion?

"I support an amendment to the constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman" - Ok, to be fair, every candidate has said this (well maybe not Ron Paul). But let us think for a minute what implications adding an amendment to our constitution that defines a word (any word) would have on the first amendment. What happened to freedom of speech? Could we no longer say we are married to our work? I know this seems like a far out analogy, but remember that the loss of freedom is a slow yet slippery slope. The first time it happens, it might not be a big deal to most people. But each time, more and more people will be opposed to it, while less and less will be able to do anything about it. It is a slope that we can't afford to start down..

"We have laws in states, like the one at the Supreme Court right now, that has sodomy laws and they were there for a purpose" - Sodomy historically has referred to anything that wasn't vaginal intercourse (i.e anal, oral, hand, etc). Apparently Mr. Santorum agrees with the outdated laws that want to regulate what two consenting adults can do in the privacy of their own homes.

"It’s One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It’s not okay is a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be" - I really just want to know how "things are supposed to be". Let me guess - women at home with the children and no sex except for procreation within a marriage? I think we tried that in the 1700s, and we have advanced as a society.

"President Obama once said he wants everyone in America to go to college. What a snob" - I guess it might be snobbish to want to afford every American the opportunity to go to college if they have the ability and the desire. I'm not really sure what universe that would be true in though.

"This is unacceptable. The idea that a mistake was made — clearly a mistake, which we should not have apologized for — it was a mistake" - So a mistake was made, but we shouldn't apologize for it? Haven't we been taught since kindergarten that if we make a mistake we should apologize? Isn't that just the right thing to do? Doesn't apologizing when you have made a mistake take more courage than refusing to admit it?

"I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money" - Apparently black people can only get ahead by getting handouts. He could have said something about people below the poverty line, or the lower 10% of households. This statement was suppossed to be about welfare, not about race, but Rick decided to perpetuate the stereotype that only black people are on welfare, instead of offering solutions on how to help the poor of every ethnic group.

"Yes, prenatal testing, amniocentesis does in fact result more often than not in abortion. That is a fact" - He said this because he opposes the part of the health care reform act that requires insurance companies to provide these prenatal tests to women. He opposes these tests in general, because he doesn't like anything that might lead to an abortion. These decisions need to be between a woman and her doctor, not between a politician and an insurance company.


A Scary Man

Rick Santorum is a scary man with scary ideas. He wants to turn America into a Christian Theocracy. Regardless of your religious viewpoints, we have seen in many nations world-wide that theocracies enable radicals to take charge and strip everyone else of their freedoms. We can not let that happen in America.

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      i scribble 5 years ago

      Santorum is a lawyer and also has an MBA. Hard to believe, I know. Not an ivy leaguer like Romney & Obama, though (both Harvard men).

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      i scribble 5 years ago

      Santorum is actually an educated man, and at times he talks like a "high-falutin" intellectual when he expresses his extreme off the wall ideas. Other times he expresses himself so clumsily it's hard to ascertain his point. Education just doesn't "take" with some people, and they are often conservatives.

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      Elani-Lee 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Christi - why is it important to have a good Christian man in the white house? Why does it matter what religion our president is? I think as long as he/she is a good person, a good leader, intelligent and not quick to judge or react he/she would make a good president, regardless of religion.

      Helena - Thank you, sometimes I do think it is a race thing, and I think that scares me more than anything. I agree that morst of the Republicans are trying to talk big about war, I just hope its mostly talk to "excite the base"

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      helena 5 years ago

      A good christian man,santorum,bull, that wants more wars,more killing. i like ron paul,at least he tells the truth,but because of his age and views that are real christian he won't be president. look what good born again bush did for us. he bankrupted america, commited murder for oil,innocent troops dead, and crippled for life.why? now santorum wants war in iran. these republican war mongers have massive investments in wars. its called war profiteering.at least obama did not vote for a war in iraq. the problem with you republicans is this decent man is a black man in the white house and smarter then all the clowns that are trying to be president in 2012. is it God will to kill and rob the poor to give to the rich. think about it.

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      Christi Bjornberg 5 years ago

      This is silly to me. He is a good christian man and that is what we need in the white house. I think anybody is better than what we have. It makes me sad that we live in a world of name calling resulting in a page like this. I know he cares for American and children of this nation. May God strengthen him throughout all this bashing.

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      helena 5 years ago

      I don't know if anyone mentioned this. Does Santorum want our children not to have a good education,because he wants everyone to be as stupid as he is..?

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      Elani-Lee 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks for all the support, I'm glad a lot of people enjoyed the hub.

      IB rabmasters, it is true that pretty much all politicians say things to get elected. I do think that the majority of them really believe in most of what they say, but can't get as much accomplished due to our system of checks and balances. However, I think this is a good thing and leads to compromise. I will not vote for someone who really does want to turn America into a theocracy though, whether he will be able to accomplish that feat or not.

      American Romance - I don't care what his convictions are. I wouldn't care at all if he believed all those things, but could emulate Kennedy and understand that not all Americans agree with his convictions. He is running for the President of the United States, not the President of the Catholic United States. I do understand why devout Christians are throwin their support to him though...the war on Christianity that America has been waging is ridiculous. You inspired me to write a hub about it!

      https://hubpages.com/politics/Americas-War-on-Chri...

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      Thinking Allowed 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY USA

      Great hub. I wish I had written it haha. The fact that Santorum is actually considered a viable choice by many republicans is scary to me. What's worse is, even if republicans don't agree with what he says, if he can win, they'll vote for him just to be on the winning team not to stand for anything.

      @American Romance

      "Everything wholesome, good, and moraly acceptable is in that bible, so why would anyone, even a non Christian be opposed to using it as a guideline before passing laws?"

      You have obviously never read the bible.

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      Michele 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Some seem to miss that are fore fathers were adamant about separation of Church and State. Further more most of our founding fathers are Masons and there view is "all religions are welcomed within the Lodge". I for one will not vote for anyone that wants to abuse this Constitutional right. I have ancestors that where Christians but were imprisoned for their beliefs by other Christians. They came to this country to get away from policies and government being dictated too by Religion.

      And American Romance I find your statement about Muslims narrow minded, racist and bigoted. Really??? Morally decayed???? Get over yourself. Catholics killed 1000's of Christians during the Albigensian Crusade. All have their rottens apple's no one religion is excluded. I for one do not think someone else's religion should dictate how I live my life. It's personal. Santorium can't seem to remember that I have a right to my religious freedom that differs from his.

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      American Romance 5 years ago from America

      Why get so worked up over another mans convictions? I mean seriously when Kennedy said there should be absolute no relation between church and state that comment in itself can be questioned? The majority of Americans still claim to be Christian. We feel this country was built on Christian values and ethics. Why cant we say the truth instead of being forced to be politicaly correct for your ears? The black population in this country has a 40% unemployment rate? So was his statement untrue? We should certainly employee biblical teaching in the governing of this country. Why not? Everything wholesome, good, and moraly acceptable is in that bible, so why would anyone, even a non Christian be opposed to using it as a guideline before passing laws? our forefathers used it frequently in guiding this country. I think most of you are missing the bigger picture here. And I must say I am confused by your thought process. We have muslims killing Americans and Christians around the world and you openly welcome these moraly decayed people in this country. But when a man stands up and declares his true convictions you want to shame him and ridicule him? OB has lied to us repeatedly, stands for nothing solid and yet you flock like geese to his aid...........strange?

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      I don't care one way or the other about Rick Santorum but worse than saying stupid things, are those politicians that say things that get them elected.

      Then once elected they do what they want and fail to make any improvement for the people or the country.

      Perhaps stupid things are acts of honesty, and disclosure. While slick politician talk is just the opposite, it got Obama to the presidency. He outslicked Hillary and muzzled the loudest mouth in the Senate by making him his VP. Biden has lost the ability to speak his mind and he has been liked a well trained puppy dog for the last three years.

      So if you don't like non slick non political candidates then don't vote for them.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      This was a great hub. Unfortunately, there are Americans who think the way that does. Those are generally the ones who believe that people who go to college, and who believe anyone who wants to go to college should be able to, are snobs. And yes, it does sound as if he wants an American-style Taliban government. Loved the hub. Voted up.

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      Anne Pettit 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank goodness he is saying the outrageous things now, before he gets any farther. I have to believe the American public understands how anti-American Santorum is. I think that those of us who see the danger should continue to speak out because he could win. That would be very bad.

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      Susan Keeping 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Basically, he wants an American-style Taliban government.

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      Melissa Flagg OSC 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Wow, fantastic hub! This is scary stuff, America was founded on the tenant of religious tolerance. The colonists were fleeing religious persecution but this is exactly what Santorum wants. It's just not right. I agree with you Sooner, the fact that he called Obama a snob for wanting everyone to be able to have an education shows how uneducated this idiot is.

      Voted up and totally thanks for SHARING!

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      Sooner28 5 years ago

      The fact that he told an audience that Obama pushing for more college education makes him a "snob" shows how idiotic this man is.

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      Aunt Jimi 5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Worse yet, Santorum wants to turn the U.S. into his brand of Christian, which if you think about it, isn't Christian at all. Since when is starving children and babies Christian? Oh yes, I have it on video on my hub. He said he thought children who were provided public assistance grew up feeling entitled and that Christians should expect to suffer, in some cases by being hungry. Incidentally, Ron Paul would let them go hungry too.

      Glad to see someone speaking up who isn't a flaming Republican.

      Voting you UP! Great hub!!