So … today, there was an unfortunate occurence during a speech at the Pavilion of the Battleship USS Alabama in Mobile while Sen. Santorum was speaking. His response to this demonstrates exactly why I support him whole-heartedly. He didn’t do the “politically correct” thing. He didn’t even do the “establishment” thing. Well, the video shows you his response.
“Just as candidate Rick Santorum was obviously building up to a compelling “grand finale” today in a speech at the Pavilion of the Battleship USS Alabama in Mobile this morning, there was a commotion in front of him and to his left. A middle-aged black woman had fainted dead-out, flat onto the concrete floor (it was a bit muggy; raining outside). A lot of candidates would have looked out, stopped talking, asked people to go see if she were okay, and then perhaps continued speaking once it was clear that responsible people were seeing to her well-being.
“Not Santorum. He stopped his remarks dead in his tracks, just before reaching a planned crescendo:
“Oh — well everybody, thank you and God Bless,” he quickly mumbled, already leaving the podium. And then he leapt down the stairs and rushed to the lady’s aid, just about the fifth person to reach her side.
“(The lady was soon back on her feet and emergency medical people were making sure she was okay. Thank goodness, it seemed as if she were indeed okay. Santorum never re-took the podium, instead just wading into the crowd to meet people and shake hands.)
“It was an unexpected end to an unexpected speech. Most presidential candidates give the same stump speech over and over, with only tiny changes or additions each time to make minor news or to work in some local pitch. Not Santorum. He speaks, completely without notes, at a sometimes overly detailed level of policy minutia, about different subjects from one speech to the next. With old fighter jets in the pavilion providing a distinctly military background, Santorum began by indicating he would focus on two issues “linked together inextricably,” namely national security and energy. Both, of course, are of great local concerns, with fossil fuels exploration in the Gulf and with lots of military personnel and ship construction and aeronautical engineering in the area.
“He did, eventually, return to defense and energy. But the bulk of his speech segued into a discussion of Iran. It was an in-depth, detailed policy analysis, and a big critique of Obama administration policy. (Did you know Iran has built a number of its nuclear-related facilities immediately near Islamic holy sites, in order to further deter attacks on them?)
“Some lines from the speech:…Obama has “swept clean all references to religion when referring to the enemy. He won’t say that it is radical Islam…. Well, we may not be at war against them, but let me twll you, they are at war against us.”
And: Obama “went to AIPAC and said about Israel ‘we’ve got your back.’ And then two days later he turned his back on them.”
He charged Obama with “weakness in the face of hostility. Weakness over and over and over again. Ladies and gentlemen, we need a new commander in chief.”
“[As he did the night before at a think-tank speech, he barely mentioned his Republican opponents at all. Not a single harsh attack. I counted just two Romney references and just one to Gingrich. But I'll go out of order here and insrt one of his references, which actually came later in the speech but fits here. Speaking of the role of C-in-C, he said of Romney: "We're not electing a CEO of the country. We're electing a Commander in Chief. I've been there on these issues...." (meaning service on the Armed Services Committee, authorship of the act providing funding for Iraqi democracy activists and providing sanctions on Iran, etcetera).]
“Santorum finally left the topic of Iran by seguing into energy and the need for energy independence rather than Mideast oil. He accused the president of having “an ideology that puts humans not as stewards of the Earth but as servants of the Earth.” With new energy development, though, there is “an opportunity to put people to work, and an opportunity to lower the cost of living for the people of America.”…….. READ MORE
Sen. Santorum is not playing politics as usual. Many within the GOP establishment are terrified of his “honesty.” He has said that he trusts the American people to handle the truth they have for so long not received. The media filters and spins the truth. Other politicians filter and spin the truth. This is why Sen. Santorum connects so well with the people across America in his town hall meetings and face to face events. Sen. Santorum is a unique character in politics. He is humble. He is honest. He makes mistakes and owns up to them! (whew!) But mostly … He actually cares about you and me. He cares about our children and the America they will inherit.
Like Sen. Santorum, I want my own children and grandchildren to know that I did everything within my power to stop the plummet into Communism in America. I do not want them to see me compromise, but rather to stand as tough as nails against the immorality that is associated with a godless culture under communist rule. If Obama is re-elected, there is little doubt that Obama-unplugged will destroy this republic even while Benjamin Franklin’s words still ring in our ears.
Romney is a compromise pushed on us by the GOP Establishment – plain and simple. He is this year’s model of Bob Dole (96) or John McCain (08). They both LOST!!!!!!!! They lost because they were compromises that faithful voted for but without enthusiasm. We voted against the opponent rather than for either of these men. The same thing is happening now with Romney. This is why his numbers haven’t moved since the beginning of this whole show. They don’t go up – they don’t go down. There is no enthusiasm for him because he has no enthusiasm for any of his plans or policies which change according to the weather and location. He is a puppet mouthing the words, the ideals, the thoughts pumped into his head by his GOP preppers. These thoughts are new to him.
One of my readers suggested the possibility of Romney having an epiphany and transforming into a genuine Conservative before our eyes. Yes, it’s possible, but I’m not there. He just appears and talks too stiffly, too well-prepped, too plastic like oh-so-many other politicians.
It is Senator Santorum’s authenticity that separates him and distinguishes him from the crowd. It is these same qualities that terrify many opponents and establishment types alike. He don’t do think the “DC” way. He is openly passionate about leading America out of the economic and social darkness into which she has fallen for the sake of our posterity. His passion will win the day, if we give him the chance.
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