Rick Santorum and the 2012 Election

Rick Santorum and the 2012 Election

Sick children, death panels and a lousy pool of GOP candidates define this year's election.

Rick Santorum is falling, falling, falling deeper into irrelevancy, and rightly so. When Michele Bachmann dropped out, everyone expected it. Then the clown from Texas dropped out after forging ahead stubbornly, ignoring reports that nobody really liked him. Now, the last remaining joker is left, but he is much more sinister, in my opinion. When you watch Santorum speak, and you really listen to him, you don't get the feeling that he's just doing what he thinks will get him elected. You get the feeling that he really believes the craziness he spews. 

Sick Children and the Cost of Medications

The thing that bothers me the most about this man isn't his borderline religious fanatacism. It isn't the fact that he's probably beholden to his multi-billion dollar corporate backers. It's the fact that he doesn't really seem to care about anyone but himself. This is total speculation, here. I can't read the man's mind, but I found it very odd that, when he spoke about his daughter, Bella's, stay in the hospital recently, he told the reporter that when she woke and smiled at him, his first thought was, ' Okay, Daddy can get back to work.' 

His first thought wasn't, 'Thank God, my child lives! I want to spend some quality time with her!' No. His first thought was about getting back on the campaign trail. That says much more to me about the man's character than anything else. We can all brush off his comments to the mother of the sick child, telling her to stop complaining about high drug prices as a sort of obligatory statement in favor of his benefactors. However, it's a hard statement to ignore when you put it together with the fact that he seemed too eager to leave his disabled daughter to "go to work."

Death Panels and James Dobson

Santorum continues to spread falsehoods about the existence of "Death Panels," a termed originally coined by the 2008 VP candidate, Sarah Palin. Recently, he's been backing up James Dobson's claims that stroke victims over the age of 70 would not receive treatement, but instead, get "comfort care." Despite the fact that a multitude of medical professionals who have completely debunked that myth, Santorum continues to promote this lie, in the hopes of winning back voters who hate President Obama. 

The consequences of spreading such falsehoods always result in gullible, angry people deciding that the President really does want to kill them off for whatever sinister reasons he may have. It makes me very afraid for the future of our country, knowing that thousands of people are allowing themselves to be led by men with less than honorable purposes. The president isn't a messiah. He isn't going to save us. The best he can do is soften the blow, and in my opinion, that's pretty much what he's done, despite Republicans' efforts to block him at all costs. 

This is the Best They can Do? 

My husband wrote something on his Facebook wall that I wanted to share here. It really does illustrate just how low our country has gone. The numbers might be off a bit, but that doesn't really matter. What matters is that it pretty much sums up this year's election:

We have 300 million people in the US. Of those, there are 230 mil adults, and 180 mil are eligible to vote.  Approximately 1/3 will always vote Republican, no matter what. Of those 60 million, I would say maybe half are eligible to be President, but you would really want to narrow that down to people who have the physical and mental capacity to handle such a stressful job, so the number is really about 5 million. Of those 5 million people, the Republicans can only come up with THESE CLOWNS?!?!?!
 
It makes you wonder, doesn't it? Is this what the Republicans think their base wants? Apparently so, because even Romney is so out of touch with the American people that he thinks a $3 million omission on his financial reports is "minor." I'm not a conservative, but I can't help but feel bad my friends and family who are. They've really got some horrible choices, and not even Ron Paul can redeem the GOP.