Granted, Rick Santorum is the clear social conservative in the GOP race today. His positions on social issues are clear. His defense of Christian values is commendable. But, despite his declaration yesterday, he’s no Ronald Reagan.

Back in 2008 Rick Santorum was speaking out against “radical individualism” – like lower taxes and less regulations.

Rick Santorum said this on NPR in 2008:

This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues.

That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I’m aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.”

Let’s not fool ourselves that Rick Santorum is a small government guy. He’s not.

 

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  1. Not fooled. The only small government guy running for President is Ron Paul.

  2. The TEA Parties must focus on the House and Senate candidates, and on writing to their elected representatives, including the Democrats.

  3. Mr. Perfect does not exist…. we need cohesion….the enemy is Obama…

  4. And Mr. Romneycare of course is our “only electable hope” and a real small government guy.
    Hey GP and Drudge:
    It is time to STOP tearing down all the possible candidates and focus on the real problem:

    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA and his destruction of 200 years of freedom.

  5. And Mr. Romneycare of course is our “only electable hope” and a real small government guy.

    Romney is a scumbag:

    http://www.therightscoop.com/romney-supporters-remove-santorum-signs-at-michigan-event/

  6. If the Republicans nominate the corpse of Wendell Willkie, I will enthusiastically vote for him over Obama.

    I would enthusiastically vote for a Golden Retriever over Obama.

    I would enthusiastically vote for a rotten head of cabbage over Obama.

    I would… well, you get the gist.

    DEFEAT OBAMA.

  7. Wow, how many threads on Santorum this week. It is only Wednesday and every other thread is Santorum.

    Are we bringing him up or pushing him down. He is leader in some of the polls and Media on the left and right just can’t stop talking about him. “Investigating” reporters surely have other news to talk about. Seem Religion and Obama’s mandate on Contraception is out in the Forefront.

    I wonder if that wasn’t the Obama plan all along. But why, because he is so untouchable again.

    Our we really going there, nope. Media has cut up and dissected frogs less in biology class.

    But talk about Obama and his Wright, Ayers, Khaladi, College Records and escapades is off limits.

    Don’t need to wait long for another Bashing of Santorum. Give it a minute.

  8. I will be voting for Santorum on Tuesday here in AZ. Never believed that he was a small govt type, but at least we will be rid of the commie in the WH!

    Mitt’s a phoney who will never repeal Obamacare and Newt can’t be trusted on that issue either. Plus in this American Idol like competition, I agree with Michael Savage who said just picture white haired tubby Newt against O!

  9. #6 StrangernFiction commented:
    And Mr. Romneycare of course is our “only electable hope” and a real small government guy.

    Romney is a scumbag:

    http://www.therightscoop.com/romney-supporters-remove-santorum-signs-at-michigan-event/

    Couldn’t agree more!

  10. How is he defending “Big Government Intrusion”? All he is saying is that most conservatives understand that there are duties and responsibilities inherent in a free society. It seems to me that the radical individualists he’s talking about are the people who don’t believe they should have to pay any taxes or follow any laws. The ones who think they should be able to do whatever they want and to hell with everyone else. Have there been any successful society’s based on that ideology?

  11. Let’s not fool ourselves that Øbama does not need another 4 years…

  12. They all disgust me, but no one more than the GOP.

  13. Ya know, I’m getting pretty f-in sick of our party eating their own. Mitt, Newt, Ron or Rick. Those are our choices. They all suck. Big time. But any one of them is better than what is in office right now.

    Jeez Jim Hoff. You want BO back in office? STOP attacking our guys. STOP!

  14. Hillary’s hypothetical 3:00 a.m. phone call was widely mocked at the time her ad came out. I, too, thought it bordered on silly – but that was before BHO allowed the Middle East to unravel and the U.S. pulled its support from Israel. That was before the downgrading of half a dozen countries, including ours. Now that 3:00 a.m. call isn’t looking so silly. The question you have to ask yourself is: “What would Santorum do?”

    My vote still goes to Newt.

  15. Radical individualism is libertarianism, or anarchy.

    There is a definite place for big government among conservative ideology: It is known as national defense! Both foreign and domestic.

    That said, I greatly prefer…

    Rick to Mitt;
    to a lesser degree Rick to Newt;
    Sarah to Rick;
    my toilet brush to Ron Paul.

  16. I have to say that if you truly believe that Romney is not going to do all he can to repeal ObamaCare, you do have to support someone else. I get that. I just ask you to deeply look inside yourself and make sure you really are convinced of that. Because that is the only reason NOT to support him.

    I think that Romney has made the repeal of ObamaCare the central platform of his campaign. I have no doubt that he will follow through. He has to.

  17. Obama IS the enemy.

    Ron Paul is our only hope for reducing the size of government, cutting the budget, returning to sound money, reforming then ending the fed, restoring personal liberty, and re-instating a Constitutional Republic.

  18. “If the Republicans nominate the corpse of Wendell Willkie, I will enthusiastically vote for him over Obama. ”

    Hee hee. Imagine THAT election. Conservatives voting for a dead guy vs. dead guys voting for a Liberal.

  19. #16 Agreed! 1000%!



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