Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rick Santorum: A Hypothetical Scenario


Everybody thinks that Rick Santorum is so conservative on social issues.  Well, “everybody” is dead wrong, particularly on the issue of abortion is everyone wrong.  In this post, I will show what would happen if:

1. Rick Santorum were elected President this year
2. Every Congressman elected in 2012 was like Santorum on the issue of abortion
3. Santorum and the like-minded congressmen were reelected perpetually
4. They all vote the way Santorum voted on abortion during 16 year career in Congress

I contend that if all of that happened:

1. Abortion would remain legal and largely unrestricted forever.
2. Abortions would be federally funded forever.
3. The amount of money that Planned Parenthood receives from federal taxation would forever increase annually.

Abortion would remain legal and largely unrestricted forever

Myth: Rick Santorum supports pro-life judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Fact:  Judge Samuel Alito, who Santorum voted to confirm, declared a New Jersey partial birth abortion law to be unconstitutional because it was “an undue burden on a woman’s right to chose”.  Such behavior does not deserve an affirmative vote on a question of confirmation, but rather impeachment as Ron Paul’s We the People Act calls for.  Yes, that’s right.  Santorum’s choice for Supreme Court justice is so pro-abortion, that Ron Paul would have him impeached.  If Alito believes that a woman has a right to choose, then Roe v. Wade will never be overturned.  So it is reasonable to assume that if elected President, none of Santorum’s choices for Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade either.

Myth:  The only way to overturn Roe v. Wade is to appoint Supreme Court justices to overturn it.

Fact:  Congress has the authority to stop Roe v. Wade in number of ways.  As mentioned above, Congress could simply impeach any judge who chooses to uphold that precedent.  They could strip the judiciary of jurisdiction to hear such cases (which is what Ron Paul’s Sanctity of Life Act would do).  Finally, the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment could be invoked and enforced by Congress.  But Rick Santorum has never supported any of these approaches.  He did not support the Life at Conception Act.  He did not support the Right to Life Act.  He did not write his own bill.  He would have you believe that there is only one way; and even that one way is a way which he actually doesn’t support!  The President could singlehandedly stop Roe v. Wade by simply refusing to enforce it (by appointing an Attorney General who would refuse to support it).  But given Santorum’s record, don’t you think that that is highly unlikely?   Santorum has NEVER supported any bill declaring the personhood or equality of an unborn baby.

Abortions would be federally funded forever and the amount of money that Planned Parenthood receives from federal taxation would annually increase forever

Santorum voted for Title X funding of Planned Parenthood three times, including one instance in which the Republicans had majorities in both houses and George W. Bush was President.  These bills fund abortions both directly and indirectly.  The bills specifically say that abortions can be funded in certain cases and there is no restriction on abortion providers having access to the ill-gotten cash at taxpayer’s expense.  The excuse that the bill had to pass in order to avoid cutting people off of Medicare is unacceptable.  With a Republican controlled Congress, Planned Parenthood funding could have been taken out.  But Santorum supported adding Medicare part D to the toxic mix of DHHS funding, making people even MORE dependent on federal government and making it even HARDER to get Congress to reject these bills because it would now be even more painful to cut people off of this socialist program.  But Ron Paul, on the other hand, has NEVER voted for any of this garbage!

Fool Me Once…

They say insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Look at what happened after 2000.  Bush was elected--in part by pro-lifers who thought that he would overturn Roe v. Wade.  Already 7 out of the 9 sitting Supreme Court justices had been appointed by Republican Presidents.  Bush appointed two more.  But Roe v. Wade was not overturned.  Given the record of his two appointments, especially Alito, THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT A SURPRISE AT ALL. 

Funding for Planned Parenthood kept going up during the six years that Republicans controlled the Congress.  Direct funding of abortions did not stop.  The Republicans only started pushing for cutting off funding for abortion providers after the Democrats had taken control of both houses.  (Which was also after Rick was no longer in office, so he had nothing to do with it.)  So they could get on record as having voted against Planned Parenthood, without actually accomplishing anything!

Conclusion

Please don’t fooled.  Don’t vote for a fake like Rick Santorum.  Vote for a real pro-life candidate like Ron Paul or Randall Terry.
  

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