Dear Rick Santorum,
Please stop using your faith as a weapon. This country needs less divisiveness and more unity. You sir, by making your broad generalities about “Faith, Family and Freedom” and what those mean to the country at large, are making things worse. You only choose to box into this small worldview that you have those things which you approve of frankly, I think, because you’re scared. I think you’re scared of what a world in which the very Lilly-white world that you and so many others like you have tried so hard to construct will look like if some of these “radical” ideals take hold. Of course those “radical” ideals come down to quite basic freedoms but you’d rather ignore that fact in favor of “Freedom” as you and only you see it. Sir, you can’t even disavow such ignorant and sexist comments such as those made by Mr. Friess (nerd alert: is he the REAL Mr. Freeze!?!) in interviews, how am I to believe that you would have the back bone to stand up for what Americans truly want/believe in?
In all fairness to you, Mr. Santorum, your main opponent isn’t much better. He’s wishy washy on his views, he’s too far into the wealthiest tax bracket on the PLANET to EVER understand what it’s like to struggle to make a bill payment every month in our current economic situation and he seems, to me at least, less like a robot and more like a flippant, arrogant asshole. No, I understand all too well that you must fight the fight put before you, sir. I understand that you weren’t ever “supposed” to be in the fight for the nomination. I get it, no really, I do. But lately and with ever increasing vitriol, you’re ideological assault on social issues in this country has gotten out of hand. This “freedom” you speak so loftily of, seems more like a large box of things you don’t agree with the citizens of this country being able to do rather than a large box of things to ENJOY. Freedom to you, it seems, means that we ALL have to put our right hand on a Bible and swear our allegiance to ideals/morals that have been created throughout the centuries by MEN just like you.
These are scary times in the USA, Mr. Santorum. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be scared by anything else. If you wanna lead the country, then DO IT. Leave the scared “they’re taking away your freedom speech” out of it…just last night I read that you said this of our current President:
“It is imposing his ideology on a group of people expressing their theology - their moral code - and saying government will force you to do what your faith says is gravely wrong.”
My question to you, sir, is how is what you’re doing ANY different? You seek to impose your own view of what Christianity should be, look like and talk like on a country that is saying time and again that it doesn’t necessarily think the same as you. So far ALL you have shown this citizen is that the only “cultural war” (your words) that is looming is the one that you’ll start if/when you become President. It seems to me that, much like your Tea Party brothers and sisters in congress, that you are MUCH more concerned with changing the SOCIAL structure of this country so that YOUR way of thinking will always be protected and less about fixing the things that are actually broken in this country. Can you and your fellow Republicans/Tea Partiers put down the social boxing gloves and get to work on making things better??
Lastly, I’d like to say I’m not naive. I know that you are a part of a bigger machine that’s at work here. I know that you and every other politician on Earth are salesman. You are salesman who see it as your job to re-package our “freedom” and sell it back to us at cut rates with less benefits and less actual “Freedom” (see what I did there?!)than we had in the beginning. As such I have little faith in ANY of you, current President included. There have been some seriously scary things happen on this President’s watch. We’re currently waging war in new terrifying ways through an ever growing network of drones, surveillance equipment and espionage. We’re KILLING American citizens who we only suspect were actually working for terrorist networks and the list could go on and on. Our economy remains in shambles. Bailouts for the very people who have put us (at least partially) in this mess in the first place. In short, a whole host of things that need working on that have nothing to do with eroding the “building block of freedom, the family” as you like to say.
Mr. Santorum, I’m gonna apologize on your behalf to all the Women, Children, members of the LGBT community, single mothers, immigrants and those who believe not in your God but in whatever God they choose and any and everyone else you’ve hurt with your comments during this campaign and before. I’m sorry. I’m sorry that we live in a country where this is what it means to try to get elected President. I’m sorry that you have to hear slur after slur after degrading slur thrown at you all in the name of votes. I’m sorry that I don’t see it getting better any time soon but as a wise man once said:
“Forgive them for they know not what they do.”