Opinion: Henninger: Santorum and Freedom

Opinion: Henninger: Santorum and Freedom

There are 17 comments on the Wall Street Journal story from Mar 8, 2012, titled Opinion: Henninger: Santorum and Freedom. In it, Wall Street Journal reports that:

America's long-slog presidential campaigns are a process of discovery. Candidates, voters and the press criss-cross a complex nation trying to discover where the public mind will be the first Tuesday in November.

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Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#1 Mar 8, 2012
Does the author understand there's more to this election than Obamacare? Much, much more...
Alabama2012

Mechanicsville, MD

#2 Mar 8, 2012
The mass media and some commentators would like to present Santorum as a candidate whose strength is only in social issues. They deliberately do this in order to have BHO reelected. Santorum is not only the leader in social issues but in national security and foreign policy. Please read the two acts that he authored in 2004: The Iran Freedom Act and the Syrian Accountability Act. Santorum strongly opposes a government intrusion in private sectors. Base on principle, He opposed all bailouts. He condemns the current administration’s infringement on freedom of religion and conscience. The government should not force religious individuals and religious organizations such as catholic schools, charities etc. to provide its employees with contraceptives, morning-after pills (Plan B) and sterilization. This is an infringement on religious freedom and an attack on people of faith.
Let us take some common factors for all the candidates and
evaluate them in order to hire one of them as POTUS:
1. Character and integrity -Santorum wins hands down; No flip-flops in cap & trade, climate change, bailouts, abortion , gay marriage, individual health mandates etc.; Compared to others he has very less or no personal, professional and political issues. He could make Barack Obama and his policies an issue of the general campaign. We cannot afford a candidate who will be an issue in the general campaign.
2. Humble Beginnings - Santorum wins (lived in public housings - with a coal miner parents'); has less money than Obama and the remaining candidates. There is nothing wrong in having more money. Having less money discourages the left from using class warfare. They cannot say Santorum is part of the 1% who represents the interest of the Wall Street.
3. Consistency in conservative leadership in sanctity of life & family, consistently supports marriage between a man & a woman, fought for tort reform; fought for welfare reform, Defense of Marriage Act( DOMA), late term abortion and had legislative victories etc.: Santorum has a matchless record in social issues. Romney has started saying he lived having core conservative values. Romney’s father was Rockefeller republican and his mother was pro-choice. He even called himself severely conservative. Is there anyone who could tell us what Romney’s consistent values have been for his life time? Santorum got 75% of the votes by leaders of Evangelicals, Catholics, and Protestants who met early this year in Houston Texas (all candidates sent their surrogates to the two day conference who heard all of them speak for their respective candidates before the votes). He has 88% rating by ACU. He has 98% ratings by NRA while Ron Paul has 50%.
4.Sound national security and foreign policy: Santorum even won in some of the CNN debates when asked about US foreign policy for Latin America etc. and various issues including issues related to individual mandates and Romney care. No other candidate has an experience in national security & foreign policy like Santorum. Please read online the Iran Freedom & Support Act & the Syrian Accountability act which were authored by Santorum in 2004. Why do we look to a novice (such as Romney and others) in national security and foreign policy when we have already a well experienced candidate (Santorum)?As a person who worked for 8 years as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee,he knows better about our national security and international interests.
5.Likability:It is widely believed that Santorum is the most likable candidate with less or almost no personal and professional issues.He is a faithful husband,father of 7 children.He is the best role model for a family.
6.Economic Policy:Santorum is the only candidate who has a family friendly and manufacturing centered economic policy that helps US to grow our economy and jobs.Through this policy he can win back Reagan democrats, blue collar workers in the swing states.The Wall Street Journal called Santorum’s economic policy bold.
Alabama2012

Mechanicsville, MD

#3 Mar 8, 2012
7. Negative Campaign; Insider or/and Outsider issue: Romney has already spent about $50 Million to attack his fellow republicans. He has continued to distort Santorum’s records. Romney is the worst in negative campaign followed by Ron Paul and Gingrich. Romney requested earmarks for Utah Olympics and for Massachusetts. He accuses Santorum as earmarker, insider and big government spender. ABC News recent video exposed Romney’s attitude about receiving earmarks (government money). Getting earmarks and bringing the bacon home gladly was one of the reasons representatives were sent to Washington DC, according to former Senator from Wyoming, Allen Simpson on CSPAN recently. The debt ceiling while Santorum was in US Senate was very much smaller than what it is now. It is better to say that Romney is the current ultimate insider (most elite and Republican establishment still support Romney) because he is for the status quo. Being an insider gives you a better insight and understanding of the problems in the federal government (the three coequal branches of our government). Santorum left the Senate five years ago and has been in private sector since then. Earmark is less than 1% of the US yearly budget and is legal. Resorting to such insignificant issue and an attack by Romney shows his desperation to simply get a vote at any cost.
8. Debating skills: Although he does not promote himself as the best debater like Newt, Santorum won some of the CNN debates before the one we saw in Arizona (almost all media outlets agreed to the fact that Santorum won based on substance). There are three presidential debates in the fall. The idea that a candidate will have a Douglas – Lincoln debate type is just an illusion and a stunt to get votes. Nobody can force any one to a debate outside of he officially agreed upon three debates to which he may not agree.
Rupert Murdoch (Owner of the Fox News) said Santorum has a big idea when compared to others. Rush Limbaugh said he is the one who has not harmed the conservative cause.
Ron Paul is a libertarian. He ran on Libertarian ticket in 1988. He has not ruled out a possibility of running as a third party candidate in 2012. He has not adequately addressed about his racist newsletters published under his name and for which he was the editor. His isolationist foreign policy and his belief that America is responsible for all the attacks against it including 911 and his objection to America’s entry into WWII, which stopped Nazis and communists world domination won't be acceptable to the majority of Americans. Romney is unreliable and Newt is unpredictable, according to those who closely know them. Romney is not credible to stand against Obama on Obamacre, bailouts, tax increases (had big net tax increases and fees as Governor), supported No Child Left Behind Program and still supports it (although he accuses Santorum of the same). Newt married three times and changed church three times. Newt was for bailouts, TARP, the bogus man made climate change, cap & trade, individual health mandate, member of the Council On Foreign Relations (globalist) since 1990s. Newt divorced twice due to infidelity.
Alabama2012

Mechanicsville, MD

#4 Mar 8, 2012
Because of negative ads, the public is being misled to believe that a private sector experience is "better" than government experience for the top government job. Does this make sense? The only CEO who became president was Hoover. As private sector experience is needed and better in a private sector, a federal government sector experience is needed and better to run a federal government. The irony we see now is very amazing. So many are misled to believe that a government sector experience is ‘bad” to run a government sector. Thanks to Romney and his super PACs, valuable and useful words like "Team" or "Compromise" has become a "dirty" word. Those who support Romney please ask him how the two major parties in the US Congress could come out of a gridlock without making a team effort within a party and then form a broad coalition with the other party to pass any bill? Romney is not truthful in his ads, comments. He does not even know an impact his tax plan could have on a deficit. His bravado and frequent attack on BHO in a republican primary to divert the public's attention from his flawed past records is wrongly taken as a strength and ‘’sign” of elect-ability. Conservatives have started seeing what is going on behind the scene. Romney has not come clean on Romneycare, his money on Cayman Island and his erroneous claim that he grew Massachusetts economy and reduced unemployment rate to 4.7%, the reduction was attribute to hundreds of thousands of the people leaving the state.
Critics hit Romney job-creation record
Cite workers that left Massachusetts on Washington Times 02/27/12.
On Romney's job creation & unemployment rate reduction, please go to this website. The website states his claims are not true.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/...
please read the following comment originally posted in azcental.com on
sunnyday6 Feb-27 @ 5:53 PM
Breaking News: Romney Lied During the Last Debate
This is only an issue because Romney has made it an issue by being pro-choice in MA and then flip flopping by claiming to be pro-life now. According to fact checkers Mitt Romney lied during his last debate. His health care plan did require the Catholic church to pay for free abortions and he did not consult church leaders yet he complains about Obama's health care plan for the same thing. What else will he lie about?
http://bostoncatholicinside... He whines about federal spending yet he used 6 million of it to pay for rearranging the lawn chairs for the Olympics and his Confederate buddy Ron Paul spent 398 million a year. Now Paul is in trouble with a campaign donor for double dipping for travel expenses.
Romney whines about No Child Left Behind yet he supported it in 2006. H...e is such a hypocrite.
Romney whines about Arlen Specter but he voted for Paul Songas. What a hypocrite.
Breaking News: Confederate Kook Ron Paul Working for Romney
Ron Paul claims to like Ronald Reagan yet he has said "Ronald Reagan is a failure" and the "CIA deals drugs." Not only are his racist newsletters everywhere but now it is out there that his mentors were Confederates who hated Abraham Lincoln for keeping the union together. Now Romney is connected to extremists. Profiting from the liquidation of businesses and rearranging the chairs at the Olympics does not qualify you to be president. He may pretend to be Mr. Main Street but we all know he is Mr Wall Street. Vote for Romney in any election? I don't think so.
Romney said it is impossible to know about the cost of his tax plan. Please go to this website for further details.
http://www.kansas.com/2012/03/07/2245121/romn...
Alabama2012

Mechanicsville, MD

#5 Mar 8, 2012
• littlebytes Stay at home mom of two young sons, tweeting and blogging about parenting to politics and everything in between.
#tcot #prolife WHY NewtGingrich is not a friend of the Constitution&is a globalist,opportunist&untr ustworthy for POTUS http://t.co/9mQJAUCK
He made a formal appeal to the House of Representatives in 1995 to "increase the power of President Clinton" by repealing the War Powers Act. He praised Clinton's unconstitutional use of the U.S. military to inflict a communist regime on Haiti in 1994, the same year he voted for an extra $1.2 billion for United Nations "peacekeeping" missions. He also urged the President to expand U.S. military presence in Bosnia the following year.
In 1994, Gingrich described himself as "a conservative futurist." He said that those who were trying to define him should look no further than The Third Wave, a 1980 book written by Alvin Toffler. The book describes our society as entering a post-industrial phase in which abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, and divorce are perfectly normal, even virtuous.
Gingrich's liberal voting record is that he has been a member, since 1990, of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a group founded in 1921 as a think tank of influential politicians and policymakers dedicated to sacrificing national independence to create a global government. He showed his fidelity to internationalism in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs in July of 1995 when he brazenly admitted his disdain for our founding document.
"The American challenge in leading the world is compounded by our Constitution," he said. "Under our [constitutional system]- either we're going to have to rethink our Constitution, or we're going to have to rethink our process of decision-making." He (Gingrich) went on to profess an oxymoronic belief in "very strong but limited federal government," and pledged, "I am for the United Nations."
These are just some of the reasons I do not trust him as POTUS,but also I can't trust a man with our country who took an oath to God and his wives to remain loyal&faithful. I couldn't 'marry' him to our country and wouldn't marry someone with this kind of character flaw. I can forgive the sinner,but not the sin. Forgiveness also does not equate to voting for someone with such great character flaws and a globalist agenda, which endangers US sovereignty. Santorum supports defunding the UN,which would be a great step in the right direction for the US.
Character Matters,Along W/Faith,Family&Freedom-Sup port Santorum in 2012 http://t.co/CYKH4gY If Gingrich dropped out 58% of his supporters say they would move to Santorum, while 22% would go to Romney and 17% to Paul.
Excerpt:
... disloyalty or disunity&bickering and the media influence is why I believe Cain,Palin,Bachmann and Perry were thrown under the bus;conservatives& teaparty didn't stand by the true conservatives from the beginning.
Repost
HTS

Mandan, ND

#6 Mar 8, 2012
Alabama2012 wrote:
1. Character and integrity -Santorum wins hands down; No flip-flops in cap & trade, climate change, bailouts, abortion , gay marriage, individual health mandates etc.; Compared to others he has very less or no personal, professional and political issues. He could make Barack Obama and his policies an issue of the general campaign. We cannot afford a candidate who will be an issue in the general campaign.
2. Humble Beginnings - Santorum wins (lived in public housings - with a coal miner parents'); has less money than Obama and the remaining candidates. There is nothing wrong in having more money. Having less money discourages the left from using class warfare. They cannot say Santorum is part of the 1% who represents the interest of the Wall Street.
3. Consistency in conservative leadership in sanctity of life & family, consistently supports marriage between a man & a woman, fought for tort reform; fought for welfare reform, Defense of Marriage Act( DOMA), late term abortion and had legislative victories etc.: Santorum has a matchless record in social issues. Romney has started saying he lived having core conservative values. Romney’s father was Rockefeller republican and his mother was pro-choice. He even called himself severely conservative. Is there anyone who could tell us what Romney’s consistent values have been for his life time? Santorum got 75% of the votes by leaders of Evangelicals, Catholics, and Protestants who met early this year in Houston Texas (all candidates sent their surrogates to the two day conference who heard all of them speak for their respective candidates before the votes). He has 88% rating by ACU. He has 98% ratings by NRA while Ron Paul has 50%.
4.Sound national security and foreign policy: Santorum even won in some of the CNN debates when asked about US foreign policy for Latin America etc. and various issues including issues related to individual mandates and Romney care. No other candidate has an experience in national security & foreign policy like Santorum. Please read online the Iran Freedom & Support Act & the Syrian Accountability act which were authored by Santorum in 2004. Why do we look to a novice (such as Romney and others) in national security and foreign policy when we have already a well experienced candidate (Santorum)?As a person who worked for 8 years as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee,he knows better about our national security and international interests.
5.Likability:It is widely believed that Santorum is the most likable candidate with less or almost no personal and professional issues.He is a faithful husband,father of 7 children.He is the best role model for a family.
6.Economic Policy:Santorum is the only candidate who has a family friendly and manufacturing centered economic policy that helps US to grow our economy and jobs.Through this policy he can win back Reaganbold.
Santorum's only message is that he's a "true conservative". That is a very weak message, especially in view of the fact that he voted repeatedly to raise the debt, pork barrel spending and earmarks. He has failed to demonstrate any leadership in congress, but instead, by his own admission, goes with the flow. Romney stands head and shoulders above Rick in personal integrity and adherence to conservative values. Right now Santorum's only possible motive for staying in the race is the hope of a brokered convention, which proves he's more interested in himself than in defeating Obama. It is mathematically impossible for him to amass enough delegates to win. Romney showed his character in 2008 when he withdrew aftter super Tuesday and supported McCain after McCain had treated him so dishonestly. That showed strength of character... Something lacking in Santorum. Romney was better off in delegates when he withdrew in 2008 than Santorum is now. Romney just objectively looked at the math and decided to put the country first.
HTS

Mandan, ND

#7 Mar 8, 2012
If Santorum actually had integrity he would put his personal desires aside and withdraw. It is mathematically impossible for him to get enough delegates to win at this point. His only possible purpose for staying in the race is the hope of a brokered convention. In other words, he's more interested in personal power than I defeating Obama. The notion that he is the only conservative in nonsense, and you know it. He enthusiastically supported Mitt in 2008, and he knew about Romney-care then. If anything, Romney has become more conservative since. His perpetual harping about Mitt being "Obama-Lite" is absurd, and he knows it, unless he's flip flopped. I used to like Santorum. But his perpetual whining and petulance are really annoying and only demonstrate is overinflated ego.
Anyone whose message is that he's the "true conservative" is running on a weak message, especially in view of his fiscally moderate record in congress which included raising the debt, earmarks, etc.

Since: May 08

Deltona Fla

#8 Mar 9, 2012
Wrapped in a flag and carrying a Bible.
Makes sense

Dearborn, MI

#9 Mar 9, 2012
Alabama2012 wrote:
• littlebytes Stay at home mom of two young sons, tweeting and blogging about parenting to politics and everything in between.
#tcot #prolife WHY NewtGingrich is not a friend of the Constitution&is a globalist,opportunist&untr ustworthy for POTUS http://t.co/9mQJAUCK
He made a formal appeal to the House of Representatives in 1995 to "increase the power of President Clinton" by repealing the War Powers Act. He praised Clinton's unconstitutional use of the U.S. military to inflict a communist regime on Haiti in 1994, the same year he voted for an extra $1.2 billion for United Nations "peacekeeping" missions. He also urged the President to expand U.S. military presence in Bosnia the following year.
In 1994, Gingrich described himself as "a conservative futurist." He said that those who were trying to define him should look no further than The Third Wave, a 1980 book written by Alvin Toffler. The book describes our society as entering a post-industrial phase in which abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, and divorce are perfectly normal, even virtuous.
Gingrich's liberal voting record is that he has been a member, since 1990, of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a group founded in 1921 as a think tank of influential politicians and policymakers dedicated to sacrificing national independence to create a global government. He showed his fidelity to internationalism in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs in July of 1995 when he brazenly admitted his disdain for our founding document.
"The American challenge in leading the world is compounded by our Constitution," he said. "Under our [constitutional system]- either we're going to have to rethink our Constitution, or we're going to have to rethink our process of decision-making." He (Gingrich) went on to profess an oxymoronic belief in "very strong but limited federal government," and pledged, "I am for the United Nations."
These are just some of the reasons I do not trust him as POTUS,but also I can't trust a man with our country who took an oath to God and his wives to remain loyal&faithful. I couldn't 'marry' him to our country and wouldn't marry someone with this kind of character flaw. I can forgive the sinner,but not the sin. Forgiveness also does not equate to voting for someone with such great character flaws and a globalist agenda, which endangers US sovereignty. Santorum supports defunding the UN,which would be a great step in the right direction for the US.
Character Matters,Along W/Faith,Family&Freedom-Sup port Santorum in 2012 http://t.co/CYKH4gY If Gingrich dropped out 58% of his supporters say they would move to Santorum, while 22% would go to Romney and 17% to Paul.
Excerpt:
... disloyalty or disunity&bickering and the media influence is why I believe Cain,Palin,Bachmann and Perry were thrown under the bus;conservatives& teaparty didn't stand by the true conservatives from the beginning.
Repost
What nerve! The GOP picked Romney of NATIONAL ROMNEYCARE. FALL IN LINE!!! LOL

BTW As more Americans find work, ROMNEYCARE is going to be the ONLY issue! I guess the GOP is putting all its eggs in one BROKEN basket.
Sheik Yerbouti

Lambertville, NJ

#10 Mar 9, 2012
Obviously someone has not done their homework. ricky boy was one of the most corrupt members of congress and an embarrassment to the voters of Pennsylvania. He is an amoral lunatic!
HTS

Sidney, MT

#11 Mar 9, 2012
"MakesSense": Your "national romneycare" BS is getting old. Romney wants states to have the right to decide, and that's a very conservative position. Santorum's only message is anti-Romney. That's because he can't inspire anyone because he has a record in congress of going with the flow. He is not a leader. Romney is every bit if not more socially conservative than Santorum. Santorum voted to fund planned parenthood... in other words, pro-life Ricky voted to use tax dollars to fund abortions. His only defense is "one for the team". That is not the mark of a leader.
Makes sense

Dearborn, MI

#12 Mar 9, 2012
HTS wrote:
"MakesSense": Your "national romneycare" BS is getting old. Romney wants states to have the right to decide, and that's a very conservative position. Santorum's only message is anti-Romney. That's because he can't inspire anyone because he has a record in congress of going with the flow. He is not a leader. Romney is every bit if not more socially conservative than Santorum. Santorum voted to fund planned parenthood... in other words, pro-life Ricky voted to use tax dollars to fund abortions. His only defense is "one for the team". That is not the mark of a leader.
LOL

Good luck with that trying to convince voters in the general election! LOL

OBAMACARE=ROMNEYCARE(period)
HTS

Sidney, MT

#13 Mar 9, 2012
Makes sense wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL
Good luck with that trying to convince voters in the general election! LOL
OBAMACARE=ROMNEYCARE(period)
Romney is head and shoulders above any other candidate. No conservative ever complained about Romneycare when Mitt was running in 2008. Newt praised it. Santorum said Romney was a solid conservative. Rush Limbaugh praised Romney in 2008... now all he can talk about is Romneycare. He knew about it then... The only flip floppers in this race are those who supported Romney four years ago and are now supporting more liberal candidates like Santorum and Gingrich.(In all fairness, Newt is far worse than Santorum.)
Questioner

Menard, TX

#14 Mar 9, 2012
Alabama2012 wrote:
... The government should not force religious individuals and religious organizations such as catholic schools, charities etc. to provide its employees with contraceptives, morning-after pills (Plan B) and sterilization. This is an infringement on religious freedom and an attack on people of faith....
Let's assume the argument above is valid. Should bigmany laws contain exemptions for Mormons and Muslems or such laws prohibited? Those religions allow men to have multiple wives. Don't such laws prevent those faiths from the free exercise of their religion?(Congress shall make no law respecting {granting privilege or privileged position} to an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;)

I will accept a counter arguement that states are free to pass laws that favor (respect) a religion and prevent a religion from some practices. Such an arguement may to open the door for state therocracy.

Is Santorum for freedom all religions or just his brand of Christainity?

Since: Dec 07

Clermont, Florida

#15 Mar 9, 2012
Questioner wrote:
<quoted text>
Let's assume the argument above is valid. Should bigmany laws contain exemptions for Mormons and Muslems or such laws prohibited? Those religions allow men to have multiple wives. Don't such laws prevent those faiths from the free exercise of their religion?(Congress shall make no law respecting {granting privilege or privileged position} to an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;)
I will accept a counter arguement that states are free to pass laws that favor (respect) a religion and prevent a religion from some practices. Such an arguement may to open the door for state therocracy.
Is Santorum for freedom all religions or just his brand of Christainity?
The mainstream LDS church does not allow plural marriages. You're remembering the "Fundamentalist" Mormons who are doing so illegally as well as against Mormon doctrine, which changed in the late 1800's.

Our Constitution does not tell any religion how or what to believe. It prevents the Government from establishing a "state" religion, as did England with the Church of England. However, there is a law against polygamy, which is not a strictly religious act.

I do not want a Theocracy...I am a Christian, but there are many different flavors of beliefs within the Christian religion. And if a state were theocratic, it would also open the doors for say the next governor to be Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, Buddist, or any other religion who would perhaps govern based on his/her beliefs. No thank you!
Sheik Yerbouti

Chalfont, PA

#17 Mar 10, 2012
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>Romney is head and shoulders above any other candidate. No conservative ever complained about Romneycare when Mitt was running in 2008. Newt praised it. Santorum said Romney was a solid conservative. Rush Limbaugh praised Romney in 2008... now all he can talk about is Romneycare. He knew about it then... The only flip floppers in this race are those who supported Romney four years ago and are now supporting more liberal candidates like Santorum and Gingrich.(In all fairness, Newt is far worse than Santorum.)
I don't think so1 romney is a member of a cult founded by a twice convicted fraudster. And then there's that secret underwear! romney is unfit to hole any political office! Normal people don't like radical cults!
HTS

Mandan, ND

#19 Mar 11, 2012
Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't think so1 romney is a member of a cult founded by a twice convicted fraudster. And then there's that secret underwear! romney is unfit to hole any political office! Normal people don't like radical cults!
It all boils down to ugly anti-American anti-Christian religious bigotry.

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