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Feb 22 2013

Santorum’s Historical Ignorance

Rick Santorum’s latest Worldnutdaily column shows the former (and future?) presidential candidate in fine form, blathering incoherently. Look at the first two paragraphs where he first wants to accuse Obama of abusing his power with executive orders, but then wants to compare him negatively to Abraham Lincoln, who made history by being “bold.”

President Obama’s State of the Union address last week was a grim reminder that in year five of his presidency, he still really doesn’t understand his job. His quote, “If Congress won’t act, I will,” showed that, quite appallingly, he still doesn’t get that it’s his job is to persuade Congress to act and to work with lawmakers to help right the economy and serve the interests of the people. It’s called leadership.

Great leaders – Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Ronald Reagan, for example – confront the great challenges of the day – slavery, civil rights, the Cold War – and make their mark on history by being bold, skillful and persuasive. This is how those great leaders got things done and made our nation freer, safer and more prosperous.

He doesn’t seem to be aware that the man he is negatively comparing Obama to was also one of the nation’s most tyrannical leaders when it comes to working with Congress. Lincoln several times suspended habeas corpus, something the constitution clearly gives only Congress the power to do, then ignored the Supreme Court when they ruled that he didn’t have the power to do so.

And then there’s this:

All this said, I did agree with President Obama when he said, “We must enlist our values in the fight.” If those values are work hard, be fair, love your neighbor and protect your children, then I agree.

Those aren’t values, they’re platitudes. And when it comes to loving one’s neighbor, Santorum would only do that if they happen to be straight and Christian.

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  1. 1
    Gregory in Seattle

    “Santorum is ignorant.”

    Next up, the pope is a Catholic.

  2. 2
    democommie

    “Santorum’s historical ignorance” is a bit confusing. I mean I had a hard time telling if you meant he knew jackshit about the history of mankind or if his ignorance was long established and generally agreed upon by disparate authorities. Happily, it’s both.

  3. 3
    slc1

    Former Senator Santorum should consider the case of a former Ohio Congressman, Clement Vallandigham, who Lincoln ordered arrested and expelled to the Confederacy, no trial, no defense attorney, no appeal.

  4. 4
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    @democommie

    That made me chuckle :)

  5. 5
    Modusoperandi

    Oh, please! You know damn well that Santorum will stand and cheer when Obama finds his Contras!

  6. 6
    Ace of Sevens

    For that matter, the Emancipation Proclamation is a good example of an illegal executive order doing somethign that legally would have required an act of Congress. This was one of the main points of Lincoln, which Santorum either didn’t see or didn’t understand. Obama’s doen nothing that comes even close.

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    Modusoperandi

    Ace of Sevens “For that matter, the Emancipation Proclamation is a good example of an illegal executive order doing somethign that legally would have required an act of Congress. This was one of the main points of Lincoln, which Santorum either didn’t see or didn’t understand. Obama’s doen nothing that comes even close.”
    Oh, please! Everything that Barack Hussein Obama has done, from Obamacare to massive tax raises to stripping the military of its bullets and handing them all over over to DHS, to Obama’s Dearmification Proclamation, where he executively ordered that all Americans turn in their guns to the ATF, has been that, but evil!
    He’s Mirror Mirror Lincoln!

  8. 8
    Ichthyic

    He’s Mirror Mirror Lincoln!

    so he’s… Lincoln?

  9. 9
    jameshanley

    So Santorum thinks “fairness” is one of the important values? Does that mean he’s going to start being fair to gay folks?

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