Rick Santorum: No Conservative

By:  Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.
02/24/2012
       
Rick Santorum: No Conservative

Thankfully, the twentieth GOP presidential debate has come and gone.  If the American voter doesn’t know these candidates by now, he never will.  Of the four remaining candidates, three are virtually indistinguishable from one another. This much has been established time and time again throughout this election season. It is true, of course, that there exist some differences between Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich. But such differences are negligible, both in themselves and, especially, relative to the enormity of the similarities that they share.
 
 

Thankfully, the twentieth GOP presidential debate has come and gone.  If the American voter doesn’t know these candidates by now, he never will.  Of the four remaining candidates, three are virtually indistinguishable from one another. This much has been established time and time again throughout this election season. It is true, of course, that there exist some differences between Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich. But such differences are negligible, both in themselves and, especially, relative to the enormity of the similarities that they share.
 
To those spectators who are all too aware of the unbridgeable chasm between their rhetoric of “limited government” and their respective records, the spectacle of each of these three presidential aspirants leveling allegations of hypocrisy and inconsistency at one another can’t fail to appear comedic at best, pathetic at worst. Most comical — or pathetic — is the front runner of the week, Senator Rick Santorum.
 
Socialized Health Care
The universal health care legislation — i.e. “Obamacare” — that the Democrats succeeded in enacting into law is unpopular among the electorate, and woefully unpopular among Republicans.  It is no surprise, then, that all of the GOP candidates promise to repeal it. To his credit, Santorum has regularly drawn the nation’s attention to the undeniable fact that their protestations against Obamacare notwithstanding, both Romney and Gingrich have in the past favored a government mandate requiring citizens to purchase health insurance.
 
But Santorum is himself guilty of precisely that of which he accuses his Republican opponents.  Granted, unlike Gingrich, Santorum never actively argued on behalf of a mandate. And unlike Romney, Santorum can not be said to have supplied the original blueprint — “Romneycare” — for Obamacare.

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