Rick Santorum Lies: He’s a Fake Say’s Ron Paul

Rick SantorumI think Rick Santorum seems like a decent person.  I grew up Catholic and can appreciate strict stanch conservative catholic values.  Heck, when you look at the doctrine of Christianity, every Christian at one time would have been considered Catholic.  Granted the first followers of Christ in the 12 disciples were all Jews which there in lies direct connection to Israel. But, Rick Santorum lies and that bothers me.

                                                                     When I noticed Rick Santorum Lies: The Last Debate

The last Republican Presidential debate was casual.  The four remaining candidates were sitting beside one another.    From left to right you had Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich on the end.  Newt was involved in the conversation but for purposes of this article is irrelevant.

Mitt Romney and Ron Paul beat up on Rick Santorum.  They attacked Rick Santorum in a way he was ill prepared for in the debate.  Mitt whimsically placed the national health care bill modeled after his plan squarely on Rick Santorum’s shoulders.  He said, Rick blamed him for the bill but should look in the mirror because you voted for it.   I thought that was an interesting point Mitt brought up, but hey everyone makes mistakes.

Ron Paul flat out called Rick Santorum a fake.  The moderator asked, why do you call him a fake.  Ron Paul responded “Because he’s a FAKE!” To which the crowd and everyone laughed including Rick Santorum.  Rick Santorum even tugged at his suit jacket to say “I’m real“. Kind of reminded me of Jennifer Lopez’s song “I’m Real”   Jenny would go on to say “Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got, I’m just, I’m just Jenny from the block”.  Benifer (which was the common reference to Ben Afleck and Jennifer Lopez) broke up and soon after she married Mark Anthony which resulted in yet another failed relationship.  My point is Jenny from the block presented a real image that was far more extraordinary than real or regular.

When I noticed Rick Santorum Lies: Romney Vs Santorum 

If you compare the two front runners, Santorum is far more real that Romney.  Real in the sense that he is able to relate to people.  He connects with his base real issues of concern.  Santorum connects on spirituality which he wears on his sleeve. Romney bot is a true man of faith whom contributed more to his church last year, than the majority of American will do in their entire lifetime.  While I do not agree with Romeny’s belief, I admire his commitment to his church and community. Both men have a strong religious and moral conviction.  Santorum just displays it like Jennifer Love Hewitt use to display her assets, compared to Mitt Romney’s Dolly Parton style.

Mitt Romney is fighting for his political life in Michigan while Santorum seems to be having fun with this process.  But in having fun to me, I question a tactic of the battle; Robocalls.

When I noticed Rick Santorum Lies: Robocalls

I live in Maryland so I’ve received a robocall or two.  The fact remains that politics can get dirty every now an again.  The fact Bob Erlich & Meremains robocalls are a toll of the trade.  My real thought though is how effective are robocalls.  The last Governor Election cycle in Maryland resulted in Bob Erlich becoming part of a scandal for robocalls.  In fact, a supporter of Governor Erlich, whom lost his last campaign, sits in jail for misrepresentation made for his campaign through robocalls.

Rick Santuorum produced a robocall to Democrats in Michigan.  The call blasts Mitt Romney and his agenda.  The call requested unions and Democrats alike to stand up to Mitt Romney and vote for Rick Santorum.  Up until the end of the call, you would have thought it was a call by Democrats or the labor union.  But instead it was a call by Rick Santorum.  Such a scathing deceptive call was something I’m sure Rick Santorum had no part of.  Governor Erlich for his efforts in the campaign had no direct influence or connection with his robocall.  Santorum on the other hand paid for his robocalls direction and approved the message.

When I noticed Rick Santorum Lies: Dutch Euthanasia 

Involuntary euthanasia is a horrible concept.  It plays on the worst fears of the elderly and to a concern for government overreach.  Rick Santorum used the Dutch Netherlands to illustrate a point about euthanasia.  Facts not being relevant,  Santorum’s message was one of  a fear mongering nature.  At and America Heartland Speach, Rick Santorum stated:

In the Netherlands, people wear a different bracelet if you are elderly.  And the bracelet is: “Do not euthanize me.” Because they have voluntary Euthanasia in the Neatherlands. Because half the people that are euthanized, and that’s 10% of all deaths in the Netherlands, are euthanized involuntarily in hospitals because they are older and sick.”

The Dutch are up in arms about this.  Dutch leaders are asking for an apology from Rick Santorum with the intention of correcting what he stated about Dutch Euthanasia. But these statements to support Ron Paul’s contention that Rick Santorum is a fake.  Fake in that Rick Santorum is just not telling the truth.

Factcheck.org states:

  • Santorum claimed legal euthanasia is responsible for “10 percent of all deaths for the Netherlands.” Government statistics show euthanasia is climbing, but represented only 2.3 percent in 2010, according to the most recent data.
  •  Santorum added that half of the people euthanized were killed “involuntarily.” A representative of the Royal Dutch Medical Association said “there are no forced cases of euthanasia.” Dutch euthanasia review boards found nine cases in 2010 where doctors “had not acted in accordance with the due care criteria,” mostly for how the procedure was performed — not because it was against anyone’s will.
  • Santorum claimed the Dutch elderly wear bracelets that say “do not euthanize me,” but the Dutch government and medical association say no such bracelets exists. Santorum “might be confused with a ‘do not resuscitate’ bracelet or necklace” worn by some patients, a medical association representative said.

When I noticed Rick Santorum Lies: Results

The interesting part of this for me is, I thought Rick Santorum was a far wiser candidate than Mitt Romney.  In order of the remaining candidates I would have placed him behind Ron Paul as the best non-Mitt Romney candidate available.  I’m an independent.  I have been one for years.  I appreciate aspect of both parties and value the input of both in my life.  I will listen to Rush Limbaugh almost as quickly as I will listen to Keith Olberman. In both cases, I prefer to do my own research before coming to a conclusion.

But when you have regular message from Santorum that are both untrue and extreme it works against his campaign.  At this point, I think hold Santorum is a failed candidate grasping as straws to  make a message out of madness. I would agree with Mitt Romney whom holds Rick Santorum is doing dirty tricks to get elected.

Wall Street Journal’s NAFTALI BENDAVID articulately covered Romney & Santorum today in his article. His news conference Tuesday, Mr. Romney was asked why he hasn’t generated excitement among many Republican voters. He said one reason was that he wasn’t “willing to say really outrageous things” to get elected.

When you say outrageous things true or not you are a fake.  When you take a position to just take one for the team, you are a fake.  When you propose that a political argument with John F Kennedy makes you sick when in truth its not even debatable today, you are a fake.  When you gravitate toward a less than populous conclution based upon less than factual evidence and stick to it for effect; well you become the fake Rick Santorum.  Santorum is a real person, but the ideologue he is portraying on TV and in politics, isn’t a real good option for president.

Sources:
1.Maddow, Rachel “MSNBC: The Rachel Maddow Show” Video  February, 24 2012

2. Medved, Michael”Rick Santorum in CNN Debate: Not Crazy, Just a Conventional  Politician” , February 21, 2012

3. Acosta, Jim “Santorum on robo call criticism: I can take it” PoliticalTicker.blogs.cnn.com, February 28, 2012

4. Kiely, Eugene & Morse, Michael, Morse “Santorum’s Bogus Euthanasia Claims” FactCheck.org

5. Bendavid, Naftali “Romney, Santorum Spar Over Michigan Democrats” Wall Street Journal
 
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