Santorum stands unwavering in his bedrock beliefs

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On Jan. 20, 2009, a gallon of gasoline averaged $1.83 nationwide and unemployment was 7.3 percent. As of this writing, a gallon of gasoline is $3.59; unemployment is about 9 percent; and more than 45 million Americans receive food stamps. We’re better than this.

The unfortunate truth is that many have grown accustomed to government being their first stop for all things while the freedom, encouragement and opportunity to provide for oneself and family to every extent possible have been reduced to mere sound bites, if that. We’re better than this.

Bedrock conservative principles that built this country are belittled in the media and frowned upon in many social circles. A return to the days of a strong work ethic, reasonable taxation – and a president who understands and values faith, family, freedom and opportunity dutifully representing and leading this country – is essential.

America is in desperate need of a leader with the character and conviction necessary to tell the truth and stand up for what is right by the citizenry, and to put the words into action and take the accompanying arrows for doing such. At times this results in not being re-elected, and a true public servant knows and accepts as much. Furthermore, a true leader will compromise while standing unwavering on principle.

 

BEING CONSERVATIVE and unapologetically principled is not a campaign gimmick but a way of life, a measure of who you are and an indicator of how you will act in times of crisis and challenge.

It often is said that the team adopts the image of its coach. To return to greatness a new coach is central. One presidential candidate embodies this country’s fabric and has the wherewithal and moral compass to get America where it was created to be.

Only one leading candidate opposes amnesty for illegal aliens, cap-and-trade, government health-care mandates and Wall Street bailouts.

Only one candidate sponsored or cosponsored, often as U.S. Senate floor manager, many pieces of significant legislation – the Mammography Quality Standards Reauthorization Act; the Women’s Business Centers Sustainability Act; the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act; the Combating Autism Act; the Welfare Reform Act; the Unborn Victims of Violence Act; the National AMBER Alert Network Act; and the Coverdell Education Savings Accounts Act, to name a few. Furthermore, for two decades one candidate has been the leading authority on health savings accounts.

Only one candidate has an AFL-CIO voting record scorecard of 13 percent, yet his opponents incorrectly paint him as beholden to labor unions. Why? He supported the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires that government contractors pay the states’ prevailing wages. Simply put, you do not vote at the federal level contrary to your state’s laws, and his was not a right-to-work state.

When put in position to do so, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the 10th Amendment and states’ rights. And opponents, alleged conservative Republicans who claim to support states’ rights, are vilifying the one man who did that of which they can only speak.

 

ANOTHER FALSE accusation has one candidate having an affinity for “pork projects.” Federal legislators vote to return funds to the states for use at states’ discretion. Do we want federal legislators from other states telling Georgia how to spend Georgia’s money? Voting to return monies to the states is not pork.

Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on (offices), a rottenness begins in his conduct.” It’s been a disservice to the process and the public that all but one candidate has chosen to engage in disingenuous politics and millions of dollars in attack ads instead of contrasts with opponents’ views and remedies.

Rick Santorum has made this election about public service and issues, and getting America moving forward while highlighting his record as a legislator and reforming Washington, D.C. He is not a “Washington insider” because he produced results and made government work for the people, especially as one of the “Gang of Seven” that exposed Congress’ banking and post office scandals.

I proudly ask that you cast your well-regarded vote for a man with an unblemished and scandal-free 16-year record in Congress who has done right by his constituency regardless of polling and punditry.

Whereas polls change, convictions don’t, and the more time I spend with this candidate and his campaign, the more confident I become in his ability to, with a clear vision, lead America out of tough times and into prosperity.

 

(The writer is the Georgia grassroots coordinator in the 10th and 12th Congressional Districts for Rick Santorum for President.)

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