Greetings, Welcome to 1960! Rick Santorum has temporarily transported us to an America where contraception is a burning moral issue and JFK’s speech on his Catholic faith is a topic of watercooler discussion.
Santorum has strong moral views for sure, and occasionally his vigor and enthusiasm for them impress even liberals who would otherwise dismiss him.
But we can’t help but feel that Santorum continually undermines his own points. He is right that our system of higher-education is a mess that puts young people into debt without giving many of them a fair shot at success. But he talks about it as a liberal conspiracy. Santorum is right that the sexual revolution has brought about unbelievable change in our society–and not all of it to the good. But the role of president doesn’t include being the conscience of the nation. Santorum may even be right that JFK went too far in saying there should be an “absolute” separation of Church and State. After all, we have no “absolute” separation of business, unions or even the Elks club from state. But Santorum delivers his lines in the style that seems to be deliberately unappealing to Americans without strong opinions.
He has received a ton of coverage for these views over the past two weeks. It will be fascinating to see if GOP voters continue to power his candidacy this week.
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