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.

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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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faithson
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faithson 03/03/12 - 09:09 pm
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Ole Rick stepped into it with

Ole Rick stepped into it with his off the wall puking and denigration of higher education. He lost the moderate female vote and hangs on by a thread. Mr. Benedict's confidence is just that; HIS confidence.

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Lee Benedict 03/03/12 - 10:34 pm
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He never denigrated higher

He never denigrated higher education. He said, "What a snob" in response to Obama's "everyone should go to college" remark. As Rick Santorum explained many times since, it is another example of Barack Obama telling all Americans what is best for them and what they should do. From light bulbs to your doctor and the list goes on. Firthermore, Santorum said that Obama also wants people in college to be exposed to liberal academic elites who tell many what to think. Rick's point was and is, many great things were accomplished by many great people who did not go to college, i.e., military service, trade schools, inventors, entrepreneurs...

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Techfan 03/04/12 - 06:10 am
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"So tonight, I ask every

"So tonight, I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But every American will need to get more than a high school diploma. And dropping out of high school is no longer an option." No matter how Lee tries to spin it, Obama didn't say, "everyone should go to college". It's just one of many instances that shows Santorum is unfit for public office.

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Riverman1 03/04/12 - 07:50 am
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Joe Biden has said so many

Joe Biden has said so many things that absolutely prove he's unfit to be a heartbeat away from the presidency that the Secret Service code name for him is "Insurance policy."

Obama has the press correcting him half the time. He says he's a Muslim and Stephanoplous, says, "No, you're not, you're a Christian." Heh.

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Lee Benedict 03/04/12 - 08:07 am
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That quote is from a February

That quote is from a February 2009 speech before a joint session of Congress, and, is therefore a tad old. Something a bit more recent:
"Our reforms are not done. I want every child in Texas and every child in America ready to graduate, ready to go to college, and actually able to afford going to college."

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Techfan 03/04/12 - 08:13 am
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BTW: BLS has the unemployment

BTW: BLS has the unemployment rate for Jan 2009 at 7.8%. Currently it's 8.3%. As an educator, do you teach kids to round numbers under 5 up?

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Lee Benedict 03/04/12 - 08:16 am
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Yes, politifact can write

Yes, politifact can write whatever it wants. So what? Obama has made the topic clear time and time again:
"Our reforms are not done. I want every child in Texas and every child in America ready to graduate, ready to go to college, and actually able to afford going to college."

Techfan
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Techfan 03/04/12 - 08:17 am
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You have to worry about

You have to worry about people who post a picture of Jesus holding the Constitution.

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Lee Benedict 03/04/12 - 08:19 am
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That 8.3% is not close to

That 8.3% is not close to reality, but a judicious accounting formula to make the jobless situation appear "not as" terrible as it really is.

Techfan
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Techfan 03/04/12 - 08:37 am
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So, we changed the way

So, we changed the way unemployment is figured when Obama became President.

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Techfan 03/04/12 - 08:46 am
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Face it, Santorum is a

Face it, Santorum is a theocrat, and has no place in US government.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/04/12 - 08:51 am
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Face it, Obama is a socialist

Face it, Obama is a socialist and has no place in US government.

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Techfan 03/04/12 - 08:53 am
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Great right wing talking

Great right wing talking point. No basis in reality, but a great talking point.

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Riverman1 03/04/12 - 08:58 am
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So those who are religious

So those who are religious are theocrats in the sense they impose their religion on government? That's reality? Heh.

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impossible 03/04/12 - 10:08 am
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The most dangerous theocrats
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The most dangerous theocrats are those like Obama who want the State to supplanat God and want secular humanism to remain the established religion of America. Theistic religion is not the opiate of the people, but rather the empty and disingenuous words coming from Obama and his Marxist, Communist, Socialist acolytes like Greenbaum, et.al.

faithson
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faithson 03/04/12 - 10:09 am
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reality is; there are two

reality is; there are two ways to skin a cat... Yours and mine. I like mine you like yours. Now for the good of the WHOLE, can we come to an agreement on how WE will skin this cat, or is your way the only way and you are willing to 'kill' the whole endeavor just to have your way. Here is where I side with the liberals, they generally see the good of the whole and don't get stuck so much on the 'good of the ONE'.

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impossible 03/04/12 - 10:15 am
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Karl Marx is God, and Obama
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Karl Marx is God, and Obama is his prophet!! Allahu Baryuck!!!

impossible
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impossible 03/04/12 - 10:13 am
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faithson. How intolerant of
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faithson. How intolerant of you. How many people are there in the US? With the liberals' disdain for objective truth, there are as many ways to skin the cat as there are people. Ultimately its the cat that suffers from the liberal statism.

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Ryan Treat 03/04/12 - 12:01 pm
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Faithson, our nation was

Faithson, our nation was founded on the rights of the individual. The individual is the smallest minority. By infringing on the rights of the individual you infringe on the rights of all.

As far as Santorum AND Obama and their theologies, I agree with C.S. Lewis:

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

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Riverman1 03/04/12 - 12:53 pm
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Speaking of religion, it's

Speaking of religion, it's kind of interesting that of the 4 Republican candidates left their religions are Mormon, Catholic, Catholic and Capitalist. Don't even get me going about Obama's religion.

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Ryan Treat 03/04/12 - 01:20 pm
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Ron Paul is a Baptist. Nice

Ron Paul is a Baptist. Nice try.

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Ryan Treat 03/04/12 - 01:20 pm
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Not every politician wears

Not every politician wears their religion on their sleeve.

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faithson 03/04/12 - 01:25 pm
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Your religion is actually the

Your religion is actually the way you live your life, not the social club you attend on Sunday mornings. By that standard, we would all do well to have some humility about who's right and who's wrong in their biblical principles. Let your 'life' be the example of what you 'know' to be truth. On that count, this wearing your 'Christianity' on your sleeve leaves a lot to be desired. ps Ryan, well said on the C.S. Lewis quote.

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Bonk 03/04/12 - 01:50 pm
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Santorum’s no sex, no book

Santorum’s no sex, no book learning, and no seperation of church/state should play well in the southland.

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specsta 03/04/12 - 03:26 pm
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Lee Benedict wrote -"BEING

Lee Benedict wrote -"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."

Agreed.

Unfortunately that measure (conservative principles) indicates the selfishness, the greediness, the moral-policing, the anti-woman, the anti-gay, the pro-corporations, and just the general meanness that is the Republican/Tea Party mindset.

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impossible 03/04/12 - 06:10 pm
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faithson. Christians,
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faithson. Christians, especially conservataiave ones, can have smaller sleeves, because they don't, like some others, have to wear so many other things on their sleeves, like athiesm, nihilism, statism, socialism, Communism, Marxism, narcissism.

Humility, like charity, begins at home! Some folks comfortably accomodate the log in you own eye you attack the slivers in the eyes of others. Some folks make spectsaccles of themselves by accusing others of that of which they are prime examples.

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faithson 03/04/12 - 05:46 pm
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good point impossible, The

good point impossible, The ole board in the eye, mine first parable. guilty as charged. ya gotta remember, many of us just don't see the world in such 'black and white' terms, our experiences and education just don't allow us the simplicity of many conservatives outlook. It is not personal, it is just 'different'.

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Riverman1 03/04/12 - 06:37 pm
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Specta said, "Unfortunately

Specta said, "Unfortunately that measure (conservative principles) indicates the selfishness, the greediness, the moral-policing, the anti-woman, the anti-gay, the pro-corporations, and just the general meanness that is the Republican/Tea Party mindset."

Son of a gun, that's bad as James Carville saying we are all devils with horns growing out our heads. Heh, heh, heh.

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faithson 03/04/12 - 08:09 pm
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St. Augustine: "Let us, on

St. Augustine: "Let us, on both sides, lay aside all arrogance. Let us not, on either side, claim that we have already discovered the truth. Let us seek it together as something which is known to neither of us. For then only may we seek it, lovingly and tranquilly, if there be no bold presumption that it is already discovered and possessed."

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