Santorum channels Thatcher: the shambles in the United Church of Christ — and America.
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He is rigid and a homophobic. He believes that gays and lesbians, he mentioned in an interview in 2003, about bestiality, and gays and lesbians. I think that’s disgusting…. And they asked him, well he said I want a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and they said well what about the people who are already married? And he said well they would be nullified. I mean what is, what’s human, what’s kind about that? We’re all human beings, we all know or love somebody who’s gay or lesbian so what the hell is that about? To me it’s startling and borders on disgust.
Santorum, of course, was known by his Pennsylvania constituents to have in his employ on his senior staff an openly gay man. Homophobic? Poppycock. One can only wonder at the role projection plays in Simpson’s remarks.
There is nothing homophobic in the least in supporting marriage between a man and a woman. Simpson’s crack about Santorum equating bestiality with being gay is, plainly put, a flat out untruth. The then-Senator Santorum was commenting on a Supreme Court case on sodomy, Lawrence v. Texas and said:
In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality.
In other words, Santorum never compared being gay to bestiality. What he was discussing, plainly, was that the definition of marriage in America and the world at large had never included homosexuality. In America it had never included anything legally other than one man and one woman. Indeed, the reason Mitt Romney’s great grand-parents were polygamous Mormons who left the United States because polygamy was against the law. As a result, Mitt Romney’s own father, the late Michigan Governor George Romney, was born in Mexico.
Obviously, to listen to Alan Simpson, whichever president was in the White House when Mitt Romney’s great-grandparents left the United States because they practiced polygamy was one heartless SOB. Surely the Romneys “were all human beings.” To quote Simpson, what was “human, what’s kind about that”? That being the forcible flight of the Romney great-grandparents because some heartless president or governor somewhere had a bigoted view of polygamy? Mitt Romney’s not a bad guy — he is in fact the great-grandson of polygamists. Why be mean to Good old Mitt’s great-grandpa and his various great-grandma’s?
Santorum’s point was that marriage was traditionally defined as between a man and a woman. Not anything else… and he rattled off a short list from the infinite world of other relationship possibilities. Santorum saw the Lawrence case as a direct threat to the institution of marriage — and no less than Justice Antonin Scalia expressly said the same thing in his dissenting vote on Lawrence. Which means, again, that either former Senator Simpson is spending too much time with his head in the Wyoming sand or he — in a classic case of liberal rigidity — simply chose to deliberately speak untruth on national television. Why? Because defending the “phony theology” is all — even to a Republican. One can only be curious what Simpson’s reaction would have been in the day if his wife had walked in the door with two other men and women and said “Hi Al, why don’t we all get married?”
For whatever reason Simpson’s remarks were shameful, not to mention hypocritical — but in fact typical of Hayek’s point about those who appoint themselves the moral superiors of others. And then decide to use the government to coerce those who disagree with them.
It is often the case in American politics that there is always someone who, to get a little Star Trekky, dares to go where no one has gone before. The populism of Iowa Republican turned left-wing Congressman James B. Weaver in the late 1800’s lost him the presidency twice — but injected into the political bloodstream the idea of the federal income tax and the direct election of U.S. Senators, both now reality. Barry Goldwater’s defining conservatism made Reagan president.
Rick Santorum may be president. Or not.
But without doubt he is doing precisely what Margaret Thatcher and her great friend Ronald Reagan intuitively understood.
He is forcing the point about the “phony theology” abroad in my church and America at large.
He is saying the unsayable.
Because no one else has the guts.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online