Santorum Mixes Rhetoric, Says Big Government Should Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Rick Santorum. Image from http://blogout.justout.com/?p=28524

This post originally published on OneWhiteDuck.com.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum – famous for his anti-gay stance that earned him an oddly unique “Google problem” – obviously is willing to flip-flop on the universally-Right-wing stance on federal government intervention over state’s rights as well as private lives when it comes to fending off the infamous “gay agenda.”

In a publicized statement in pro-gay-marriage Iowa, lashing out against New York State’s recent legalization of gay marriage, Santorum pledged that – should be be elected president in 2012 – he would tirelessly work to reverse the state’s legislation:

“I am not, as some in this race have said, OK with New York doing what they’re doing,” said Santorum, referring to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). “What New York did was wrong. I will oppose it and I will go to New York, if necessary, to help overturn it.”

Since New York does not allow for laws to be overturned, opponents to the legislation would need to lobby for a constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage and then convince a majority of New York voters to approve said amendment.

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“[Gay marriage] undermines a basic institution of society,” said Santorum. “It turns religious liberty on its head, it turns the culture on its head, it turns the education system on its head. It will undermine every basic traditional value in this country.”

Really? “Religious liberty?” How in the world does allowing a gay couple to marry affect the religious freedoms afforded to us in the Constitution? Better yet, exactly how will our education system be negatively impacted by such legislation and, larger still, our American culture?

For Santorum, allowing gays to legally marry would bring about a “complete change in society,” although what that change actually is he neglected to say.

Instead, he used far-reaching, high-level ideas and talking points like “culture” and “education” and of course “religion” to drive his point home and rally up his base.

Although, one could easily piece together how the devoutly pro-Christian conservative would strongly oppose any measure of gay rights, especially in an election as important as this; so strong, in fact, that the Senator would undermine his own party’s stance on the sovereignty of states’ rights.

“I’m for great latitude for the states to do a lot, but not anything,” he added. “And this idea that the 10th Amendment means there is no boundary to what the states can do is a misunderstanding of the 10th Amendment and I will stand on that ground.”

Santorum then added how the notion of marriage equality – along with its undermining of “every traditional value in this country” – would go against the American ideals that our military has fought wars to protect.

Because, you know, Paul Revere “rang those bells” to warn colonials against the Redcoats AND the drag queens.

Our troops apparently stormed the shores of the South Pacific and at Normandy, braved the hellish jungles of Korea and Vietnam and continue to fight in the dusty hell that is the Middle East, to defend the nation against tyranny, terror AND the dastardly hordes of LGBT Americans.

Fear and loathing wins the race?

It is sort of ironic, really, to even want to publicly and officially declare one’s binding love and companionship – gay or straight – with another person and face, head on, in a world so backwardly fucked you’d almost have to be crazy to do so.

But perhaps that is the conservatives’ agenda – a “long con” so to speak in the effort to oust progressives from office come 2012.

By playing to their base’s fears – fear of the demoralization of Christian-American “values”, fear of non-Christian faiths, fear for the eradication “normalcy” of opposite-sex couples – allows them to assimilate their masses into a paranoid mass of confusion that has rejected “hope and change” and turned instead to hatred.

It is this hatred – seen within the ranks of angry white Americans cursing Obama while adorned with signs of swastikas – that they hope will drive constituents to the polls in November 2012.

Rational discourse and educated judgment are tossed aside to allow for frazzled, misinformed voters to beat the drums at the behest of candidates like Santorum.

Yet, for two members of the LGBT community to have the sheer audacity to do a thing like commit to a bond based on love, understanding and mutual respect from within an environment turned so hostile instantly discredits the conservatives’ movement – proving that there is hope after all.

And that is something the Republican candidates really fear.

– Joe Ascanio, OneWhiteDuck.com | Twitter | Facebook