EXPLAINING SANTORUM

First, let’s cut to the chase – American conservatives know that Obama is going to win a second term.  We show a brave face and display ferocity, but in our hearts we know none of the candidates we are considering in our laughable debate, caucus and primary process have a chance of beating a man who is simply smarter and slicker – and can even sing better – than the best we have to offer.

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What we are now forced to choose from, in all honesty, isn’t our best.  Our best, like Governor Chris Christie, chose to wait until Obama terms out and it is an open field in 2016.  Christie is a brilliant man. If he decided not to run, that has to tell you something.

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All of our best decided not to throw their hat in the ring – leaving the field to a bunch of stuttering, stammering clowns and side show freaks.  The fact that, for a while, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain were at the top of the polls showed that something was terribly, terribly wrong.

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And that is why American conservatives of all stripes – from snake handlers from Topeka, Kansas, to moderates from Chicago, Illinois – are all coming out in support of Rick Santorum.  We’re doing it because it doesn’t make any difference now who we support.

Let’s cut to the chase again – we know Santorum can’t win.  He simply has too many negatives.  But that is no longer the point.

We are supporting Santorum, first and foremost, because we refuse to be told what to do by an invisible group of men far away – i.e., GOP “insiders” and “establishment.”  The GOP power elite are telling us to do what we are told and support Romney because they’ve decided he has the best chance of winning against Obama.

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And that may be true, but it is deeply offensive nevertheless.  From our point of view, Romney is “Obama Lite” – an insider with no real principals who is willing to say and do just about anything to get elected, someone who is likely to continue the policies of big government that George W. Bush inflicted on us and even get us in another war or two just for the hell of it.

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Winning for the sake of winning isn’t enough any more.  We want real change. Believe it or not, many of us voted for Obama because he promised us real change. McCain and Palin offered us even more of the same. But Obama didn’t deliver.  I don’t care if Bush was responsible for the mess that Obama inherited and I don’t care if the Republicans in the House of Representatives stopped Obama from doing virtually everything he wanted to do: Obama gets the credit and the blame for whatever happens on his watch.  That’s America.  He gets credit for killing Osama bin Laden.  He gets credit for the recent deal negotiated with the big banks for mortgage relief.  But he gets the blame for increasing deficits and high unemployment.  He gets the blame for keeping government too big, inefficient and corrupt to do its job.

We don’t see that changing if Romney wins.  We see him doing what Bush did – cut taxes so his rich friends can get richer and keeping everything else just the way it is.  His plan to tax the poor doesn’t impress us. Although it is a good idea to encourage people to work instead of taking government handouts, you need to have jobs for poor people to move into before you pull the rug out from under them, and there aren’t enough jobs for the people currently looking for work. You only make that worse if you force millions of poor people to either work or starve. Only an ultra rich guy totally out of touch with reality would consider such a thing as a good idea.

Even more important to our decision to support Santorum is this “invisible group of power brokers” telling us to support Romney.  The GOP elite forget that this is exactly this sort of “rule from beyond” stuff that fermented the American Revolution.  Our political ancestors didn’t like being told what to do by a bunch of invisible rich guys in England.  We still don’t like it, and resent being told what to do by a different group of invisible rich guys.  We are tired of feeling like cattle and being treated like slaves.  This is essentially what the Tea Party stands for.

Even though we may disagree with Santorum – and we do (I mean, come on, his ideas about criminalizing sex outside of marriage are just nuts, and I do’t even want to begin talking about him and his wife sleeping with their dead baby) we nevertheless admire him for sticking to his principles.   Rick Santorum is many things, many of them unsavory, but he is an honest man.  And we crave honesty.

Finally, we love rooting for the underdog.  Santorum isn’t a rich man. He doesn’t have the untold millions of dollars Romney has to campaign for president.  And Santorum doesn’t have the best election organization money can buy working in all the states to get him elected.  Romney is not like us in any way.  But Santorum is very much the “common man” raging against the Machine.  And that makes him more like us.

So supporting Santorum is the equivalent of conservatives flipping our collective middle finger at the GOP establishment.  My vote for Santorum is a protest vote.  I know he cannot get elected. But what does it matter now, at this point?  Either I support Romney and hate myself just a little for doing it, or I support Santorum and feel good about at least telling the GOP fat cats that they can go fuck themselves.

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Or maybe I’ll vote for Ron Paul.

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14 Responses to “EXPLAINING SANTORUM”

  1. At least you have an option not to vote. If we don’t vote, we get a fine. Correction: if we do not attend at a polling place and have our name ticked off the electoral roll, we get a fine. The last refuge of the politically disaffected – the donkey vote – remains. There is something immensely satisfying about scrawling the eff bomb and perhaps even the c-word on a ballot paper and shoving it forcefully in a slot.

    Not that I’ve ever done that.

    But I feel for you … not only do you have such a terrible range of conservative candidates but you also have a full year of this bullshit before you even get near a ballot paper. Now that would drive me nuts.

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  2. Given what he said that got him Google Bombed, I’m surprised you’d vote for him. Do a write in for Huntsman.

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  3. Melbo – I admire your system. Everyone votes. Everyone pays tax. This requires people to stay involved, even if just a teeny bit. That teeny bit makes all the difference in the world. You’ll see as this century rolls forward.

    Blarkon – Mind your own business. Who asked you? I don’t trust emperor space lizards because they think they know everything.

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  4. Which they might. But that is beside the point. The point is that Americans, by nature, distrust any opinion that appears informed. We just don’t like it. Suspicious.

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  5. Vote for beer ‘n boobs. You can never go wrong with beer and topless barmaids.

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  6. Did we have access to such when I was last down under? If so, I feel cheated – despite the fact that fully clothed barmaids who brought us food and drink were quite lovely.

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  7. Next time if you want, the beer ‘n boobs combo can be arranged.
    I know just the place. Its kinda gross but one beer won’t hurt and there’s plenty of proper pubs within a 5 minute walk.

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  8. The next time I am there, I will be with my wife. However, I expect to have some time to myself.

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  9. PB, being a relatively new viewer I’m confused. Is this post entirely satirical? It just seems like this concept of voting for the lesser of two evils (a carefully considered word) seems dangerous even when the guy is unlikely to succeed. I mean, come on, the word whack-job doesn’t even come close to describing him.

    Also, what of Christie; is he likely to sufficiently distanced from the GOP to allow you to conscientiously vote for him? I would have thought they will latch onto him as soon as they can.

    Apologies if this shows a dramatic lack of understanding of the situation!

    p.s. it is interesting to note that you would rather associate with a fanatical religious zealot rather than the GOP… doesn’t say a lot about them.

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  10. “p.s. it is interesting to note that you would rather associate with a fanatical religious zealot rather than the GOP… doesn’t say a lot about them.”

    Yes. Exactly. I am very unhappy that my party has provided me with such awful choices, made the choice for me, and is now telling me to just do what I am told and follow orders so that the 1% – to which I do not belong- can be protected by one of their own.

    The system is corrupt. The GOP is corrupt. Anyone who gets elected to congress becomes corrupt because, as we have recently learned, insider trading laws don’t apply to members of congress, so they can get rich investing in stocks they know will go up because of decisions they themselves make.

    And there is nothing short of violent revolution that can be done to rectify this systemic corruption. People like me have only one option: a protest vote, and that vote is currently going for Santorum – not because we think he can win (he can’t; he wants to return to the 12th Century) or because we even want him to win (we don’t; he wants to return to the 12th Century) but because it is the only thing left to us that has any chance of making an impact. Obama is going to get another term because the GOP treats us like cattle. Perhaps that will make a difference next time. Maybe next time the GOP will send us a viable candidate to vote for.

    Or, as you allude, what I am saying here could be part of an elaborate joke. I enjoy that uncertainty.

    And welcome to the blog. Unlike many who comment here (Cyber Raool, I’m looking at you) your comments are welcomed.

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  11. Thanks. I look forward to reaching Cyber Raool status.

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  12. By the way, my wife, a politics major (is that what you call university students?) sent me this the other day:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/01/15/andrew-sullivan-how-obama-s-long-game-will-outsmart-his-critics.html

    I thought it might help as a good counter to your comments, especially concerning unemployment.

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