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Take a ride in Rick's head

Monday, February 13, 2012   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Rick Santorum is the latest darling of the most extreme of the GOP's extremist voters, and – wow – get an earful of this guy's moral piety!

Let's start where it all starts for us humans: conception. Not only does Santorum insist that life begins at the instant that a sperm contacts an egg, he also wants to preserve the sanctity of sperm itself by outlawing birth control. Yes, every sperm counts. Last October, he warned about "the dangers of contraception in this country… It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."

Indeed, Ayatollah Rick is a bit obsessed with what you might be doing in your bedroom. The Supreme Court, he asserts, was wrong to rule that we have a right to consensual sex in our homes. "Then you have the right to bigamy," he wails, "the right to polygamy… to incest… adultery… the right to anything." Then comes his punch line: "This right to privacy doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution."

In a January interview on CNN, the sanctimonious Santorum offered another startling insight into his moral code. When asked what he'd say to his daughter if she had been raped, was pregnant, and was crying for an abortion, he actually said "the right approach is to accept this horribly created, in the sense of rape… gift of life and accept what God is giving you." He added that his daughter – and presumably yours, too – ought "to make the best out of a bad situation."

So much Rick, so little time. I haven't even gotten to global warming ("no such thing," he says), or his endorsement of the Crusades as being about "core American values," or his comparison of homosexuality to "man-on-dog" sex. But, with the national spotlight now on Santorum, we can count on many more Rickisms to enlighten us.

"The Frothiest, Most Excrement-Filled Rick Santorum Quotes," www.huffingtonpost.com, January 5, 2012.

"Rick Santorum Favors Making Birth Control Illegal," www.outsidethebeltway.com, January 3, 2012.

"Rick Santorum's Adventures on the Loony Right," www.nytimes.com, January 24, 2012.

"9 controversial Rick Santorum quotes," www.theweek.com, January 5, 2012.

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