I've never been one to shy from my shortcomings. I'm not perfect, and I know it. This was once again driven home to me Wednesday morning, when I saw that Rick Santorum had won all three of the 'nominating contests' on Tuesday.
I probably know more about the Dark Side of the moon than I know about Rick Santorum. He's what I knew...he hasn't yet been labled 'crazy', like my preferred candidate, Ron Paul, and his last name isn't Romney. Those are both pluses for me in a general election against Obama. With Washington's caucuses approaching, and actually looking like they might be legitamate effect on national politics, is Rick Santorum somone I can get behind?
Not having huge amounts of free time, I took to Wikipedia for a quick spot of research. I know that one must take what you find on Wikipedia with a grain of salt, but it's a good place to start...and for me, it was enough to convince myself that I don't think I can get behind Rick Santorum.
Just this one quote from a 2011 interview with NPR turned me off:
"they have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do. Government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulation low and that we shouldn't get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn't get involved in cultural issues, you know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world, and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can't go it alone..."
He also doesn't appear to believe in a 'Right to Privacy', and thinks that contraception is "a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,"
So....yeah...for right now it doesn't look like I'm going to be getting a Christmas Card from Rick Santorum next year.