Video Proof Rick Santorum is a Fraud: Stood with Arlen Specter to Protect a Woman’s “Right to Choose”

By Gary P Jackson

Here’s a little something that showed up in my inbox that is just deviating. Not only did Santorum stand with Arlen Specter as the democrat turned Republican turned democrat forcefully defended the baby killing crowd, he dutifully nodded as Specter took on Christian values in the Republican Party.

Big Government Rick Santorum’s only “selling point” is his supposed devotion to the things social Conservatives hold near and dear. Lord knows it isn’t his record as a Senator.

Santorum, who at times sounds like he’s running for Pope instead of President, lays it on thick and his supporters lap it up. And yet ….

As someone who believes that all life is sacred, I’d have a really hard time even voting for a pro-death candidate, let alone stand with him as he announces his bid for the presidency.

This from Jack Hunter:

At Senator Arlen Specter’s official presidential campaign announcement in March 1996, then-Senator Rick Santorum showed his public support and encouragement of Specter by sitting directly next to him as Specter denounced the GOP’s war on abortion.  It was at this event that Specter proclaimed his total opposition to social conservatism and declared he is in fact running to make the GOP pro-choice.

Some key points from the video. [emphasis Hunter's]

3’46 mark: “In 1996, I intend to win the other house — the White House — with ten commitments to America… including a woman’s right to choose…

13’22 mark: “Even though we have this historic opportunity for these achievements, there are those in our party who would lead us down a different path — and squander this unique moment in our nation’s history — by using our political capital — to pursue a radical social agenda — that would end a woman’s right to choose…

13’48 mark: “When Pat Robertson says there is no constitutional doctrine of separation between Church and State, I say he is wrong…

14’31 mark: “When Ralph Reed says a pro-choice Republican isn’t qualified to be our President, I say the Republican Party will not be intimidated or blackmailed by those kinds of threats.I, and millions of other pro-choice Republicans, will not be disenfranchised and made second class citizens.

15’33 mark: “… it is not Christian, or religious, or Judeo-Christian to bring God into politics; or to advocate intolerance and promote exclusion.

15’54 mark: “I want to take abortion out of politics. I want to keep the Republican Party focused on the vital economic and foreign policy issues — and leave moral issues such as abortion to the conscience of the individual. I believe abortion is an issue to be decided by women…

16’40 mark: “I pledge to lead the fight to strip the strident anti-choice language from the Republican National platform…

I’m sure supporters of Santrum’s will find some way to “explain” all of this away, but how can you? How can you defend the indefensible?

Good old “Magic Bullet” Specter was and is wrong. Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian values and the recognition that all of our rights come from Nature’s God. To think religion has no place in politics is naïve and wrongheaded. Our values are what guide us in everything we do.

Now do we want the federal government establishing an “official” religion? Of Course not! Doesn’t mean we don’t want people of good character working for us as our elected representatives.

What makes this especially damning is Rick Santorum’s holier-than-thou attitude, and his complete lack of respect for individual rights. It’s not for nothing that less than a week ago, the same Rick Santorum who sat through Arlen Specter’s nauseating speech decrying religion in the public square claims to have thrown up at Jack Kennedy’s famous speech in Houston. A speech, BTW, that was designed to ease Protestants’ fears that he [Kennedy] would be taking orders from the Vatican, rather than the American people.

Of course, Santorum has actually attacked Protestants with this despicable rant.

Kennedy talked about a “separation of church and state” but in the way Thomas Jefferson intended, not the way it’s been perverted in our life time. You see, Jefferson, following the Constitution, talked of the need of a separation, but this was one way. In other words, it was quite all right to have religion in the public square. It was quite alright for politicians to be men of God. After all, at one point religious services were once regularly held in congressional chambers. It’s the establishment of an official state religion that concerned Jefferson. After all, religious freedom is why America’s earliest settlers made that long journey from England.

Santorum, realizing he dug himself yet another hole, found himself having to walk his statement on JFK’s speech back just days later.

Further complicating the situation, here is what Rick Santorum told NPR in 2006:

This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone … [that] government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. … Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone

Seriously? Every single [and actual] Conservative I know wants to be left alone. The entire idea behind the Conservative movement is that government that governs best governs least. Now governments do get involved in social issues, for sure, but anyone who has listened to Santorum knows he would like to see it get a lot more involved.

Read more here for a list of all of the Big Government programs Santrum thought all of us Conservatives needed from our benevolent nanny state government.

One could go on and on about Santorum and what some would call a flip-flop on one of the most essential issues: The right to life. But frankly I am confused. Did Santorum actually agree with Specter’s rhetoric, or did he simply set aside all of his principles to “take one for the team” as he would often do as a Senator? We all know the value Santorum places on being a “team player” don’t we.

Either way, do we want a human windsock, or someone of such low character they will readily set aside all of their principles and values for political expediency, sitting in the White House?

This fits nicely with the knowledge of the massive corruption Santorum participation in, as part of the K-Street Project, and how he fought legislation that would have saved young girls in Saipan from a life of prostitution and forced abortions.

Seems as we’ve seen this movie before, and it doesn’t end well for the American people. Santorum is a not what he claims to be and doesn’t have the character and values necessary to be president. Never had ‘em, never will.

Oh …. before we go. Remember the supposed deal Santorum had with Specter to exchange his endorsement for votes on judicial nominees? Specter says it never happened.

Since both of these gentlemen have a strained relationship with the truth, and the ability to tell it, you’ll have to decide which one of these two you believe. From Breitbart News:

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6 responses to “Video Proof Rick Santorum is a Fraud: Stood with Arlen Specter to Protect a Woman’s “Right to Choose”

  1. Actongue

    Santorum was also Pro Government involvement for healthcare, because he said the free market sytstem would fail Americans.

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/rick-santorum-government-health-care-obama

    In the 1993 interview, the 35-year-old Santorum sounds little like the unflinching conservative he claims to be today. He describes his voting record in the US House of Representatives, where he represented the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, as “pretty much in the middle” compared with the rest of the Pennsylvania delegation, which included 11 Democrats and 9 other Republicans. His record, he went on, was “pretty compatible” with that of Arlen Specter and the late John Heinz, both moderate Republican senators from Pennsylvania. (Specter later switched to the Democratic Party.)

    In the interview, when asked about the role of government in Americans’ lives, Santorum responded, “I believe that the federal government should set up a system where we create the right incentives for you to make efficient choices.”

    Santorum said of health care in 1993: “A lot of folks believe, ‘Well, just keep government out of it.’ I don’t believe that.”On health care, as he called for more government involvement, Santorum said Republicans had “dropped the ball” by not making health care reform a headline issue in recent elections. “I even said it to President Bush when he came to Pittsburgh to campaign for Dick Thornburgh [then running for US Senate] in 1991, that health care was gonna be the big issue and that we had to take responsibility for trying to solve this problem,” Santorum said. “We can’t continue to ignore it and say, ‘Oh well, you know, it will work itself out in the marketplace.’ That’s wrong.”

    Government intervention, he continued, was key to creating a functioning health care marketplace. “The government helps set the marketplace up, so we have some responsibility to alter that marketplace to make it work better.”

    Talking about health care, Santorum explained: “I take a much more proactive position in government in solving problems than most Republicans, because I believe government has a role. A lot of folks believe, ‘Well, just keep government out of it.’ I don’t believe that.” He added, “I think government has a role in making sure that there is equal opportunity.”

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  2. Santorum vs. Romney.
    Fraud vs. Fraud.

    GOP-candidate vs. Obama.
    Fraud vs. Fraud.

    Bad choice, America!

  3. Dana Ford

    This is the typical stuff you can get on ALL politicians, not just Santorum. It’s why we NEED tea party involvement, not another politician. Unfortunately, we’re only given politicians as a choice. We’re not given a “None of the Above” on the ballot, so our only option will be to vote “Not Obama” and still not have much hope for the future.

    • Gary P

      Damn sad isn’t it. With all of the hope we had coming into this election cycle, we are once again voting against someone, instead of being able to vote FOR someone. It’s sickening, to say the least.

      I agree with you. More Tea Party, less good old boy politicians.

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