If Santorum Is “Conservative” We’re In Trouble

In a world where icons and pundits of the modern conservative movement rail against any conservative that would dare think for one second to criticize candidates who have an “R” next to their names because of the fear of liberals taking power it certainly is not popular to suggest what amounts to heresy. I know I am about to say something dangerous. I am about to go against common wisdom if you can call it “wisdom” and point out how non-conservative a prominent “conservative” really is.I feel compelled to at least clear the air and set the record straight as a conservative who is a true believer in conservativism. It certainly is not hip to suggest that people simply understand who they are voting for and not sugar coat the records of candidates.

As a prime example I need point no further than incumbent Senator Rick Santorum in my home state of Pennsylvania. He is running against Bobby Casey Jr. who I suspect is easily distracted by shiny objects considering he has not stopped running for some political office using his father’s name since 2000. I’ve heard local and national pundits talking about how “conservative” Rick Santorum is in an attempt to drum up additional support for his floundering campaign. And I laugh.

Come on. Let’s be honest!

The truth is that if Santorum is a “conservative”, the conservative movement is in deep, deep trouble. He certainly is better than the only alternative on the ballot but come on, let’s at least be honest.

Many people are not going to like that I am going to point out all the outright unconstitutional (or at best questionably constitutional) acts Senator Santorum has participated in. And no doubt some will like his propensity for hanging on to social welfare programs and pork barrel spending with white knuckles. But if you open your pocket constitution to Article I and especially Section 8 as well as refer to Madison’s dissertation in Federalist 41 you will clearly see that not a single one of these actions are under Congress’ authority. And that like it or not, I am right.

Rick Santorum has engaged in unconstitutional behavior including supporting:

- the continuation of unconstitutional programs such as Social Security, Food Stamps and even the expanding of Medicare to cover more things such as prescription drugs
- the use of federal funds to build power plants
- the establishment of Health Savings Accounts regulated by federal statute
- tax laws designed to interfere with the free markets like the Telework Incentive Act, the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program and benefit programs such as the Association Health Plan legislation
- funding for medical research and Lyme Disease
- laws governing how citizens may petition government under the auspices of lobbying reform
- federal funding for Pennsylvania’s public schools, special needs children and Headstart
- medical benefits to laid off workers through “Fair Care”
- redistributing of tax payer money to low income families in the form of matching savings accounts and the “Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)”
- interference with non-profit organizations working with the homeless and drug addicts
- the “Pet Animal Welfare Statue”
- farm land conservation projects under the “Farmland Preservation Program
- chasing “price gouging” phantoms with the “Gasoline Affordability and Security Act”
- price and wage regulations by supporting an increase to the minimum wage
- money to fire companies in the State
- funding healthcare facilities that are not able to turn a profit and compete in the real world
- interfering with private family matters such as family finances and the failure of individuals to plan for emergency situations including long term care of a loved one
- interference with the Executive Branch’s authority and control over the military by suing to stop to the closure of military bases in Pennsylvania

Each of these claims are proudly touted by Senator Santorum in his pamphlet “50 things you may not know about Rick Santorum” which should be more aptly titled “Many things conservatives wish they did not know about Rick Santorum”.

Now like I said, you may actually like some of those things. And you may even support Santorum on these actions. But it does not mean that he and the federal government have the power to engage in these activities.

Rick Santorum is certainly a man of spiritual convictions, has finally come around on immigration to support defending America from invasion by illegal aliens and has been pretty good on reducing taxes and some other issues we conservatives hold dear. But rather than puffing Mr. Santorum as a real “conservative” as many others do, I am compelled to tell you the truth. And that truth is that Senator Rick Santorum, while certainly more conservative than his opponent, is no real conservative.

This does not mean that I am encouraging conservatives not to vote for Rick Santorum. I cannot in good conscious do that because the only other options are not to vote or vote for Bobby Casey. And the thought of Senator Bobby Casey is even scarier.

I’m sick and tired of the lesser of two evils. I really am.

But if you do vote for him and other so-called “conservatives” like him understand when you pull that lever what you are voting “for”. Because usually beneath that “conservative” facade lays a big government demon that will need to be kept in check by we the people. And you can bet your bottom dollar that no matter which candidate wins November 7th they will need to be watched over like a 4 year old in a candy store.

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