Rick Santorum has a Right to Your Bedroom!

NPR interviewed Rick Santorum this morning. [Click the title above for a link.] He has written a new book “It Takes a Family.” Apparently the title is a take-off of “It Takes a Villiage” by Hillary Clinton [aka The Great Satan]. Santorum accuses the “extreme” left of being individualistic, hoping you will ignore the word “village” in Clinton’s title. He also says–and this is the fun part–that the extreme right wing of his own Republican party are also rugged individualists and therefore resemble the left wing. The individualistic, small government Republicans, according to Santorum–are so extreme in their views they have circled around and met the leftists! Don’t you love it? I bet the libertarian-style Republicans are loving it. Not.

It wasn’t even a few years ago that the left–especially the extreme left–was accused of being commie and therefore collectivist. That is an accusation not too far from the mark since extreme American leftists tend to resemble moderate European socialists.

Republicans, on the other hand, have always stood for rugged individualism. It’s the standard, cheesy excuse Republicans use to allow little old ladies starve in the streets while giving billions away to rich people. The Social Security set are supposed pull themselves up by their bootstraps or whatever footwear the elderly may freely choose.

Enter the Christian Right which is utterly committed to totalitarianism. The irony is extremely rich. The left has always been accused of totalitarianism–in the face of the left’s record of struggle to extend civil liberties to every member of society. The Republicans supposedly stood for individualism. To get into power they have pandered to the very people they should be hotly opposing. They are riding a tiger that considers individualism, civil liberties, and freedom of conscience to be no less than blasphemy against God. The Republican politicians have seen themselves get replaced by the kind of people who will toe the Christian Right’s totalitarian party line. The Republicans who are disturbed by the kind of government interference in people’s lives that Santorum & Co. propose, have been replaced or soon will be.

Santorum said openly he is opposed to people who think you have personal privacy. He made it clear that he belongs in your bedroom and anywhere else in your life he wishes to go. He is opposed to people making their own choices about lifestyle or religion. In this small NPR interview he carefully lays out the Christian Right agenda. The Christian Right are after no less than complete control of your life from conception to whenever they think you should die.

Over and over in the NPR interview and, I assume, his book, Santorum paints himself as mainstream. If the Republicans don’t wake up, he will eventually be correct. They thought they could control the tiger they are riding. Now it is eating them alive.

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