Santorum the Sanctimonious (ASS)
Thomas J. DiLorenzo
by Thomas DiLorenzo: The
Stupid and the Dishonest Join the Attacks on Ron Paul
In a January
18 interview with Glenn Beck Rick Santorum decided to compare his
view of the Constitution with that of Ron Paul. His statements can
only be described as delusional and totalitarian.
claimed to have read an eighteenth-century dictionary that defined
happiness as "to do the morally right thing." This is
how the founding fathers defined happiness, he said. This is Santorum’s
definition of "happiness," not the founding fathers. It’s
a good bet he is lying when claiming to have read an eighteenth-century
dictionary. (But I suppose anything is possible with a man who brought
his deceased infant home who died two hours after birth and slept
with it after showing it to his children, as Santorum admits to
to do whatever you want to do – as long as you do not harm anyone
else or interfere in their equal freedom – would "lead to libertinism
and lead to chaos" said Sanctimonious Santorum, who has also
pledged to do what he can to put an end to contraception if elected
president. Contraception changes "the way things ought to be,"
he says. Santorum is self assured that he, and he alone, understands
"the way things ought to be" and pledges to use the powers
of the state to forcefully impose his "understanding"
on the entire country.
But the founding
fathers are known as champions of freedom, are they not?
But what kind of freedom? According to Santorum, who apparently
fancies himself as an historian, freedom in America means "the
freedom to do what you ought to do – what you are properly
ordered to do [by a politician like himself] – as someone
living a good, decent, and ordered life" (emphasis added).
"That’s the differentiation that I believe Ron Paul and I have
with respect to what liberty is," said Santorum. To Rick Santorum,
"freedom" means doing what government "properly"
orders you to do, as long as government is controlled by good, proper,
moral people like himself, the K-Street lobbyist for the Pennsylvania
coal mining industry (and anyone else who will pay his huge fees
for influence peddling).
This is not
the view of the American founding fathers, as Santorum claims. It
is more likely to have been the mindset of the founders of the Soviet
Union, not the American union. It is the mindset of the neoconservatives
whose founding members were, after all, Trotskyite communists. This
includes the self-described "godfather" of neoconservatism,
the late Irving Kristol, who reveled in talking about his youthful
really wanted to know how the founding fathers defined freedom he
would not make up imaginary, two-century old dictionary entries
but would read what the founders actually said. A good place to
start would be Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address where
he stated: "[A] wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain
men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to
regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall
not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is
the sum of good government . . ." It is hard to imagine that
Jefferson, the author of the 1786 Virginia Statute for Religious
Freedom that strongly opposed the governmental imposition of any
religious views on anyone while defending religious liberty
in general, would have admired an Uber-Catholic Theocrat like Santorum.
For government to compel a man to support a religious cause with
which he disbelieves, wrote Jefferson, is "sinful and tyrannical."
When Ron Paul
says that such victimless crimes as prostitution or smoking pot
should be decriminalized, says Santorum, "that’s not the moral
foundation of our country," once again pretending to be The
Expert on the thinking of the founding fathers. There’s one problem
with Santorum’s historical revisionism, however. Prostitution was
in fact pervasive in Colonial America. Prostitutes traveled with
George Washington’s army, serving as nurses and cooks as well as
prostitutes. In fact, there were no laws in America banning prostitution
until Massachusetts enacted the first one in 1917. (The 1910 "Mann
Act," named after Congressman James Mann, prohibited "white
slavery" for the purpose of prostitution). Federal laws against
prostitution were first enacted after women got the right to vote
and immediately outlawed prostitution in the vicinity of military
bases when their husbands and boyfriends were off serving in the
military. In other words the founding fathers agreed with Ron Paul,
not Rick Santorum, on personal liberty issues.
"not just a collection of freedoms," said the insufferably
sanctimonious Santorum. It is, instead, a collection of orders from
the state defining what "proper" behavior is. Stalin himself
could not have said it better.
J. DiLorenzo [send him mail]
is professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and the
author of The
Real Lincoln; Lincoln
Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe
Capitalism Saved America. His latest book is Hamilton’s
Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution
– And What It Means for America Today.
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