Living in a Rick Santorum World: What Would that Look like?

 
 

Living in a Rick Santorum World: What Would that Look like?

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I realize that there is a certain percentage of our population that would like our nation to be more conservative and our laws to reflect their religious beliefs. Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum is one of those people who feel that his religious beliefs should be the law of the land and that others should have to live by those beliefs.

As a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, Mr. Santorum’s stance on major social issues is no secret; he is entirely against abortion and gay rights; two major issues at the top of the list. So it would be easy to assume that if Rick Santorum became president, he would want to try to change the country into his own vision. That vision would mean that gays should go back into the closet. He’s made statements that show his feelings about gay marriage and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and they’re very negative.

As a gay man myself, I actually have no problem with Mr. Santorum’s religious beliefs concerning gays, as far as I’m concerned, he’s got a right to his views. What I don’t agree with Mr. Santorum is that he feels our laws should reflect his stance on gay marriage. This tells me that if he became president, he would seek to limit my rights as a gay American from what other Americans’ rights are.

He would also fight against the rights of women as far as abortion, which is a typical Republican stance, but you can also add to that, he also would fight to stop women’s rights to contraception. In his words, contraception is “a license to do things in a sexual realm”.

The real problem I have with Rick Santorum is that he has a problem with sex and that he shows by his strong statements that he would like to stop people from having the freedom to have sex out of marriage. This is not the kind of man we want running our country, shoving his religion down our throats.  It’s one thing to be against sex out of marriage and it’s another thing to use the presidency to force those views on others. As much as he believes that people should have a right to their religion, people should also have a right to be free from religion, especially his religion which is the religion of intolerance.

He even blames “single-mother” households for the economy, yet he doesn’t seem to realize that his stance against abortion, contradicts his stance on “two-parent” households. What does he thinks a single woman carrying a child without a father is going to do? Go find someone to marry them, even if it maybe the wrong person?

Young women are going to make mistakes and they’re going to get pregnant. Sometimes the men who make them pregnant are in no position to be fathers for one reason or the other. If a young woman who has his same views about abortion and keeps the child, she’s most likely going to have to take care of it as a single mother. But, with his belief that single mothers raising children is what’s wrong with our economy, what is she to do?

For example, I have a cousin who when she was young, got pregnant. She chose to keep the child and she also decided that the right thing to do was to marry the kid (I say kid because he was very immature) who made her pregnant, even though she didn’t love him.  She couldn’t get him out of bed to go to work and he lost several jobs before she finally gave up on him. She was left to caring for the baby on her own.  This is only one example of situations that happen all across of our country every day. Rick Santorum doesn’t seem to get that, as maybe his life has been more perfect, but that’s not the way it is for many Americans.

Obviously, he has a rosy picture in his head of what he thinks America should look like and he wants to become president so that he can make that picture a reality. It doesn’t matter if he has to trample on the rights of gays and women to accomplish that dream of seeing a perfect Rick Santorum world, just that it’s the way he sees it and that’s the way it should be.

Rick Santorum is far right of ordinary Americans and not someone we want as our next president.

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