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Santorum “Centrality of Faith” Provokes Leftwing Hate

Contrary to leftwing chants echoed in some chambers of the conservative cause, Rick Santorum is not running as the soulmate of Jerry Falwell and the religious right but as a full spectrum conservative.

But they keep focusing on any instance in which he does exactly what Ronald Reagan always used to do – give thanks to God and refer to “the Centrality of Faith” to him as he champions conservative values.

This refusal to back down on this “faith” topic puts Santorum in marked contrast to another Catholic who ran for President over 50 years ago, Senator John F. Kennedy, who as I wrote in a previous REDSTATE column, said in a now “famous” speech (I think of it as notorious along with Santorum) that those who step out into the public square must be silent on this most critical subject of what animates, motivates and guides them in life and as a person seeking office in the United States.

That “separation of church and state” pretext has been hurled at conservative Christians ever since, designed to silence or discredit us.

As so often happens with the radical left they simply establish a strawman – a fictional accouint of Rick Santorum’s beliefs – and then attack that strawman.

As John F. Kennedy did in 1960, these critics say they oppose having our priests, ministers and rabbis TELL us who to vote for, which political party to support, which legislation to support and which we must oppose.  As if any of us ever advocated such a thing.

And you can count on them trotting out these 50 year old “strawman arguments” every time someone who is a conservative makes any reference to his faith.

And you can count on them ignoring it every time one of their friends on the left does the same thing – such as supporters of Barack Obama openly recruiting “congregation captains” to help reelect their candidate, at each Church in America.

To put things in perspective we ought to focus on what Rick Santorum actually said.  As opposed to what his critics CLAIM he said.

Therefore today, irritated as I am by reviewing the strawman arguments this week after another Santorum string of victories in Alabama and Mississippi, I thought I would bring you two segments of his victory speeches.

Both of Santorum’s speeches outrage the left because he specifically refers to his faith in God in both of them and relates that to the issues we face in seeking the defeat of Barack Obama.

And both of these Santorum victory speeches energize and fire up his supporters while reaching out to new friends

And that is the reason that Rick Santorum is the biggest threat to the left.  When people actually hear him instead of the version brought to them by the likes of Rachell Maddow, MSNBC, Media Matters, Daily Kos, Huffington Post and all the other extremist hate websites, groups and personalities, together with those who echo their words while posing as a part of our conservative cause or those who are simply gullible, there is a huge difference in their perception.

Rick Santorum sounds very reasonable when you actually listen to him instead of the distorted echo of his words reported by the left and the conservative-Christian haters.

One of the two Santorum victory speeches is from 48 hours ago when he won in these most recent two states.  The other is from his string of victories on Super Tuesday.

Santorum speaks of Obamacare and what motivates him to run for President.  But he speaks clearly as to one major difference between us and Obama – that we along with the founders know that our rights under threat today, come from God, not from the State.

And in his second victory speech he very specifically refers to “the centrality of faith” at the conclusion.

If you do believe in God, if you do believe He created us, and if you do believe that in the end He will judge us, then why is it that the left makes Santorum out to be such an extremist for simply saying that such a belief – shared with most Americans – is “central” in his life?

Read first, what Santorum said after his Super Tuesday victory where he won in Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota and tied in Ohio, despite being massively outspent and facing a multi-million dollar blitz of anti-Santorum advertising from the Gingrich and Romney campaigns.

Santorum Victory Speech, March 6, 2012 (partial text)

We have a group of people in Washington and in other places around this country who believe that the elites in Washington are the ones who should be making the decisions for all of us, and they have systematically gone and grown the size and scale of government to beyond where it’s — well, it’s just unrecognizable. We are running deficits, where we’re borrowing 40 cents of every dollar.

And as you look at all of the young people here, the leaders in Washington are saying to you, on your tab, and you will pay for this, the rest of your life.

What right does the government have to do that to the next generation?

We have people who believe that America’s best days are behind us. They believe that it’s no longer possible for free enterprise, a free economy, and free people to be able to build strong communities and families and be able to provide for themselves and their neighbors. No, we now need an increasingly powerful federal government to do this for us.

The reason that Karen and I ultimately decided to get into this race was because of that issue, and in particular one issue. I’ve said it almost every stump speech I’ve given. If it wasn’t for one particular issue that to me breaks the camel’s back with respect to liberty in this country, and that is the issue of Obamacare.

What we have — what we will go to in a very short period of time, the next two years, a little less than 50 percent of the people in this country depend on some form of federal payment, some form of government benefit to help provide for them.  After Obamacare, it will not be less than 50 percent; it will be 100 percent.

Now, every single American will be looking to the federal government — not to their neighbor, not to their church, not to their business or to their employer, or to the community or nonprofit organization in their community — will be looking always to those in charge, to those who now say to you that they are the allocator and creator of rights in America.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the beginning of the end of freedom in America. Once the government has control of your life, then they got you…

Ronald Reagan, in his farewell address to the American people, worried about whether America would remember what made us great, that we are not a great country because we have a great and powerful government. We are a great country because we believe that rights don’t come from the government, but as in our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, says, our rights come to us from our creator.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is an election about fundamental liberty. And the signature piece, the signature piece of legislation that points this out, where you have economic rights created by the government, and then the government using its heavy hand to force you to buy insurance, to force you to take policies that you don’t want, and, of course, to force you to take coverages that may even violate your faith convictions…

…in this race, there is only one candidate who can go up on the most important issue of the day and make the case, because I’ve never been for an individual mandate at a state or federal level.

And this gem is the conclusion of his victory speech two days ago after winning another two states:

Santorum Victory Speech, March 13, 2012 (last paragraph)

“You stood with a guy ….you knew, shared your values, and was going to go out and work for you to make sure this country was free and safe and prosperous based on believing in free people and free markets and the free economy and, of course, the integrity of the family and the centrality of faith in our lives.”  

Because I believe he represents our best chance against Barack Obama I’m for Rick Santorum for President.  Because I believe with Bill Buckley we should always support the candidate who is the most conservative and who has the best chance of winning, I support Santorum.

Because I think we can get a better deal than Mitt Romney, who if he were the nominee I’d happily vote for, I’m for Rick Santorum.  Because I think he would do a far better job of representing our views opposing Obamacare and its “edict-mandate” I’m for Santorum.

Because I continue to respect Newt Gingrich, am proud to own books and videos he has produced and written and I want those ideas to prevail in this contest, I’m for Rick Santorum.

Because I want to win against Romney and then against Obama I beg Gingrich supporters who read this to BOTH publicly switch to Santorum – announce it on your Facebook page, in these pages and to everyone who will listen.  And write to tell Newt Gingrich you have switched and beg him to join you.

I do not know if we will prevail at the GOP convention, or against Barack Obama.  I know because of “the centrality of faith” and our duty to the next generation and the future of America, that it is our responsibility to try, and I believe Rick Santorum would be our best bet as an advocate.

And if in the end we lose, let it be with a standard bearer who truly represents our beliefs and articulates them accurately and courageously.  Rick Santorum.

HanoverHenry is Pat Henry on Facebook, and I’m on the lookout for new friends there,

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