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February 21, 2012 - 12:00 am
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Here are some of the “big things” Santorum identified:

  • (about changing our current posture with the rest of the world) “Our country has done more for humankind, for freedom, for liberty, for human rights and an increase in the quality of life in the entire world than any country in the history of the world, and we have nothing to apologize for.” … “In a Santorum administration, our friends would know they are our friends, our enemies would respect us. If they don’t respect us, they would fear us.”
  • (on the dependency culture) “We’re on the precipice if we do not win this election of having every man, woman and child in America now dependent upon the federal government for your life and your health. When that happens, America as we know it changes.”
  • “We need regulations and regulators. But we need them with the attitude that ‘We want you here in America. We want you to make things here in America. We want you to succeed in America. We want you to comply with our laws. But we’re not here to punish you, we’re here to work with you. We’re here to make sure that you have an opportunity to succeed. Because when you succeed, America succeeds.’”
  • “Do you believe the government should be dictating and controlling every aspect of your life, or more and more of it? That we are a great country because we were built from the top down? Or do you believe this country is great because we were built from the bottom up?”
  • (Refuting President Obama’s April 13, 2011, contention that “we would not be a great country without” the entitlement programs created since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, thus meaning that this was not a great country until then) “I believe America was founded great.”

The biggest of Santorum’s “big things” concerned the true nature of the relationship between our nation’s two key founding documents:

An increasing number of those on the progressive left would like to dispense with the Declaration (of Independence). They would like to move it off the stage, into the shadows, so they can just have this Constitution alone — a “living, breathing” Constitution. …

You see, a Constitution can “live and breathe” and change if it is not anchored to something eternal. That’s what the Declaration (of Independence) is, in the words that you all know … “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That is the heart of America.

… The French Revolution had a constitution not dissimilar to the American Constitution. But the French Revolution was not based on God-given rights. It was based on three things. Equality — good. Liberty — good. Fraternity — problematic. Where did we get our rights from? Paternity — God. … Where did their rights derive? From each other, from whoever has the levers of power.

This is what the Supreme Court is moving towards. This is why (Ruth Bader) Ginsburg doesn’t like our Constitution, much less our Declaration. Because she, they, want to create the rights and responsibilities. If we cut loose from the Declaration, cut loose from God-given rights, cut loose from the moral enterprise that is America, then we leave a very cold dangerous, frightening America to our children. That’s why this election is the most important election ever. Ever.

Santorum’s delivery during this, the final segment of his speech, was a bit choppy, and needs to be tightened up. But even as less than perfectly presented, it thoroughly impressed an audience which almost seemed to be rooting for him to say exactly what he said — heck, for anyone to say it, because very few candidates, even those who really share the values, have had the forthrightness to articulate these critical matters for far too long.

A badly underperforming economy, no matter how awful, will likely not be enough to guarantee Barack Obama’s defeat; after all, the Great Depression decade didn’t stop pioneering dependency and class warfare demagogue FDR from achieving the first two of his three reelections. The “big things” can be, if only Obama’s opponent and a unified party hammer them constantly, consistently, and understandably. Rick Santorum appears to be the only candidate with the ability and inclination to do that, which is why the GOP faithful are flocking to him as their best hope.

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Along with having a decades-long career in accounting, finance, training and development, Tom Blumer has written for several national online publications primarily on business, economics, politics and media bias. He has had his own blog, BizzyBlog.com, since 2005, and has been a PJM contributor since 2008.
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