Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Why Rick Santorum gets my vote

I was challenged today on why I am voting for Rick Santorum over Ron Paul based on questions about the death penalty, abortion, incest, war and the economy.  O, yeah, and that whole Specter thing.  I thought my response was too much to share with just two people...

The '73 case removed abortion from the states, and made a national issue from what was once a state issue. Before Roe, women were trafficked from state to state, and unless abortion is outlawed nationally, women will be trafficked again state to state. This does a great service to women, especially the under-served such as minors, poor women, and non-English-speaking women.

Further, abortion is a national issue because our country is united under a Constitution that guarantees the right to life. That must be upheld, not undermined by very active, very wealthy lobbyist abortion providers, such as the Planned Parenthood and NARAL, who I assure you will be much easier to fight at one time for the benefit of the whole US rather than state-by-state-by-state as some states have already attempted (such as SD).

Please don't confuse war with being a pro-life issue because it downplays the War on the Unborn that takes more American lives in two days than the entire Middle East mission has in the past ten years. Millions more women are suffering PTSD after abortion than soldiers returning from the Mid East. Indeed, we must bring about a culture of life in all areas, but the two issues are hardly equivocal. It was essential for the USA to be there (and indeed bombing Iran too), and the fruit has been worth it: two dictators out of power and much good work in Iraq and Afghanistan to improve the lives of the citizens. I say that from personal experience of having a brother in Afghanistan for year.  I am immensely proud of all of our troops, and we must support them in their mission just as we must support pro-life activists and political candidates in their mission.

The civil rights of our most defenseless American citizens and indeed the moral fabric of our nation is at risk. Our religious rights are being stripped, and they are being replaced with penalties for having religious observance. Do you know that as of August 1, 2012, ALL health insurance in America must not only cover contraceptives, sterilizations and abortifacients, but must pay for them entirely with no copay? Religious institutions such as colleges, social service agencies and owners of Catholic businesses are not granted an exception because they serve people who are not Catholic (They are only granted an additional year to comply... as if we need an extra year to decide we aren't going to follow our consciences). These, indeed, our own religious liberties, are worth much more of a fight than we realize. We will be martyrs. Maybe not you and me personally, but our friends, our peers, our fellow parishioners, our priests, our nuns. Yes, we will be asked to pay the ultimate sacrifice. Maybe that is the only hope for the salvation of souls: the blood of the martyrs is the seedbed of the Christian life.

With that in mind, I believe that the man we want in office is a man of virtue and character. A steady man who is passionately concerned with protecting the unborn and women, especially those women who are the victims of the horrors of incest, while all other politicians step back and throw their hands up. Many times, it is only by pregnancy that incest is revealed. A girl is in fact relieved by the pregnancy because it gives her the opportunity to expose the abuse. It is a tremendous disservice to girls and women to suggest that they take a morning-after pill or have a surgical abortion. And if the statistic you say is indeed true, we could catch about 30 incestuous men per day when the pregnancy of their daughter/ granddaughter/ niece/ cousin/ sister/ etc is revealed. Here are some outdated stats, but they help paint the picture: About 1,000 cases of sexual assault per day are reported and only 6% of the perpetrators ever spend a day in jail. With a pregnancy and a DNA test, there is PROOF that the man committed the crime. That makes the stats jump nearly double from 60 men per day spending time in jail for rape to 100 men spending time in jail. Good way to up the prosecution of rapists and perhaps lower the rates of abuse once men see they can't get away with it any longer with the "simple" solution of abortion.

Further, Ron Paul's solution that victims of rape and incest take the morning after pill to prevent pregnancy totally IGNORES the problem. First of all, victims of incest don't come forward the next day or within the next 72 hours that the abortifacient must be taken to admit the abuse. Further, that only helps the man to continue to get away with his abuse. Third, a child's life is destroyed by that just as much as by surgical abortion... the baby just doesn't feel it because they are not developed enough to.

And, To answer your question about the death penalty. Santorum has stated the following:
“I felt very troubled about cases where someone may have been convicted wrongly. DNA evidence definitely should be used when possible. I agree with the pope that in the civilized world ... the application of the death penalty should be limited. I would definitely agree with that. I would certainly suggest there probably should be some further limits on what we use it for.”
March 22, 2005, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Indeed, I am opposed, and our Church urges that it not be used (though the Church is not blanket-opposed). But, that is not a pro-life issue. With abortion, we are talking about the killing of an innocent person, but the death penalty, we are talking about the killing of a convicted guilty person. Still not good, but not the same issue either.

As for Specter.. mistakes can haunt, huh? I'm sure he learned his lesson well, and I can now be confident that he will not be making such an error when he is leading our country out of the mess it is in.

And, that's why I'm voting for Rick Santorum.

2 comments:

  1. can't get away with it any longer with the "simple" solution of abortion..... are you serious id kill my incest or rape baby well before ever having to stare at the diseased creature that a monster made that i was forced to give birth too ..... what is wrong with you ?

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  2. Hi again Angiey,
    Just wanted to say that I admire your honesty in calling abortion killing.
    Many people do not have that honesty, and my point here is that: many women who abort do not realize they are in fact killing a child. When they do come to that understanding-- sometimes after years or decades-- they begin to better understand the emotional and spiritual fallout they have been experiencing after their abortion. For more information on abortion's harms to women and paths to healing, see www.silentnomoreawareness.org

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