Monday, March 12, 2012

The values we believe in

Posted By on 03.12.12 at 03:15 PM

According to the New York Times, after Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucuses Saturday he told supporters in Missouri:

"I kept saying, you just stick with us, you go out and vote for your values and trust what you know. Because you don't live in New York City. You don't live in Los Angeles. You live like most Americans in between those two cities, and you know the values you believe in."

Of course, right-thinking Americans—people who know the values they believe in—would never live in NYC or LA.

I have a question about knowing the values we believe in. What the heck does that mean? What if the values I believe in are, say, nuts?

Earlier Saturday, Santorum's spouse, Karen, told a crowd in Wichita, Kansas, that she originally opposed Rick running for president. But "Eventually Rick said, 'Honey, can you pray about this? I believe God is calling me.'" She didn't disclose if God's message to Rick came via cell phone, text, or Facebook. The Santorums agreed he should run for two reasons, she said: "No. 1, believing this was God's will for our family. And No. 2, Obamacare."

"Rick is not a well-oiled weather vane," Karen Santorum went on, according to the Wichita Eagle. "He leans into the wind, he is not blown and tossed by the winds of political correctness." This was a heartfelt statement, surely, not a mere slogan of a well-oiled campaign—though Rick had posted an op-ed that morning, on the conservative blog RedState, titled "Blown and Tossed by the Winds of Political Correctness." (Mitt Romney as weather vane apparently has been polling well for Santorum.)

In his I-am-not-a-weather-vane op-ed, Santorum lambasted his Republican opponents for supporting "the radical environmentalists’ measures to combat global warming at the expense of American jobs."

Radical environmentalists who live in NYC and LA, no doubt, and haven't the foggiest idea of the values they believe in.

Another question: If God has called Santorum, doesn't She want him to unite the whole country, including even NYC and LA? True, a lot of liberals and minorities live there—but are those two cities really Sodom and Gomorrah?

God's endorsement hasn't quite put Her chosen one over the top. On the prediction market InTrade today, Romney's chances of winning the nomination are 86 percent, Santorum's 2.4 percent. In this SuperPac era, God may need an Angels United Supreme Court ruling to again pull Her weight.

NYT columnist Ross Douthat argued yesterday that Republican voters are proving to be less goofy than many claimed. Sure, they've had dalliances with Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Santorum, but in the end they're settling on the most moderate candidate. "Confronted with a flip-flopping, gaffe-prone front-runner whom almost nobody—conservative or liberal—finds very appealing, they have methodically sifted through the alternatives, considering and then discarding each in turn," Douthat wrote. "Given their options, Republican voters have acquitted themselves about as sensibly, responsibly and even patriotically as anyone could reasonably expect."

Maybe they know the values they believe in, and they're just not Santorum's.

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