20 Reasons I would rather vote for Ron Paul than Santorum.

Via on Jan 4, 2012

Seriously. If Voldermort were real and had death-eaters and all kinds of children’s book baddies swirling about, folks would see him for what he is and fight him.

Santorum, however, looks human. We might not oppose him with the same magical wizardry. But he doesn’t like humans.

Here’s 20 Reasons I’d rather do just about anything than live in a country presided over by President Santorum.

1. “Gay People Should Stop Being Gay”

2. I like Republicans. Eisenhower Republicans. Republicans who like people, not just rich people. I actually enjoy watching the GOP debates, and hearing from “the other side.” Yes, I’m liberal—but I’m American, first, and know that many Republicans have a different way of seeing things and that respectful differences are essential to democracy. But Santorum, lest you young’uns forget, was instrumental for many years in creating the kind of combative culture in DC that destroyed our leaders’ ability to compromise and corroded their ability to see politics as more than a football game to be won at any cost.

3. Here was his victory speech last night: GODGODGODGODGODGOD not your GOD my MACHOGODGODGODGODGODGOD minus Jesus’ compassion and love. (He wound up losing by six votes, which really is a tie—he ran a brilliant, grassroots campaign without any media attention or money ’til the very end—his surge’s timing was impeccable—for all that he deserves great credit).

4. Does the thought of millions of Republicans googling Santorum make anyone else happy?

5. His own nephew endorsed Ron Paul: “Santorum’s interventionist policies, both domestic and foreign, stem from his irrational fear of freedom not working” he said.

6. He’s virulently anti-abortion, under any circumstances: you know, rape, incest…but his own wife had an abortion. That’s different. 2005 NYT article More hypocrisy? He struggled To Explain Why He Called For Clinton To Resign, Yet Gave Vitter A Free Pass. Also, John Ensign.

7. He says: States Should Have The Right To Outlaw Birth Control.

8.  He says that waterboarding isn’t torture, though even doubters who’ve undergone it for even a few seconds have admitted it is. Torture is un-American—and ineffective. (Megan McCain: “Rick Santorum telling my father doesn’t know about torture is like Carrot Top telling Lebron James he doesn’t know about basketball.”)

9. His God would have a major role in your law. (dailykos.com) Still, other religions, like…”environmentalism,” say, he calls “a religion of its own that’s being pushed on the American public.” More on that. Also, he called JFK ‘Radical’ For Believing In Separation Of Church & State.

10. Of course, a great economic and global threat, climate change, is just a Liberal Conspiracy. “The idea that man… is somehow responsible for climate change is just patently absurd. It’s just an excuse for more government control of your life… I’ve never accepted the junk science behind the whole narrative.”

11. He’s wide-open to the idea of war with Iran. He says he would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities unless inspectors were allowed in.

12. Here’s his remarks about DADT.

13. He believes God asked him to run for President. Now, I’m down with prayer and worship but if it doesn’t extend to compassion and kindness…I doubt your “God.”

14. He gets poor people, yes he does. “We don’t need food stamps because obesity rates are so high.”

15. He likes to talk macho, but the active duty military is overwhelmingly donating to his opponent, Ron Paul.

16. On welfare: “I Don’t Want To Make Black People’s Lives Better” With Taxpayer Money.

17. But, if you love Santorum, shop at Urban Outfitters.

19. Oh, Rick. “Santorum says fighting gay marriage is akin to Lincoln’s fight against slavery.”

20. He “Campaigns on His Disabled Daughter but Opposes Disability Rights.”

Anything else? Anything incorrect, unfair? Let me know in comments, and I’ll add/amend/subtract.

Here’s 20 reasons I wouldn’t vote for Ron Paul, though I respect him. We welcome respectful dialogue on elephant that we all can learn from. Here’s two pro-Paul rebuttals we published.

PS: Ron Paul has some weird/questionable history…but he doesn’t appear to be a racist.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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17 Responses to “20 Reasons I would rather vote for Ron Paul than Santorum.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

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    Jay Winston I can think of more reasons that that to vote for neither. But, yeah, Paul has a few good positions which he gets way too much credit for, while Santorum is a foul, frothy substance that I'm told is impossible to get out of your bedsheets.

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    elephantjournal.com Hah! Yah, if you read the above, you'll see my 20 reasons I wouldn't vote for Paul. I like and respect him, for the most part, but can't get on board for those reasons.

  2. The only thing more frightening than Santorum on his own would be Santorum/Bachmann as running mates. I generally vote Dem, but really? Is this really the best that's out there for Conservatives??!?

  3. ARCreated says:

    can I please go hide my head in the sand now…please???
    Santorum: We Don’t Need Food Stamps Because Obesity Rates Are So High really??? In my day LOGIC was a required class in college…did he skip? I love slippery slopes they are fun…

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  5. Roger Wolsey says:

    Nice list. Very thorough! On a related note, see this blog on Elephant: http://wp.me/pWVFb-16pP

  6. elephantjournal says:

    Rick Santorum: “Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” (salon.com)

    And yet somehow I doubt he eats organic food–you know, food made more or less as God intended it.

  7. Suri says:

    Last time i checked the separation of state and church was one of the pillars of democracy…what is wrong with republicans , why can't they keep religion home where it belongs ?

    • elephantjournal says:

      Amen (pun intended): "Thomas Jefferson only put three things in his epitaph one of them was that he drafted Virginia's statute of religious freedom, which states (among other things): That our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry."
      http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/o2

  8. Sam says:

    Disclaimer: I do not support Paul or Santorom. Being pretty liberal it's hard to support anything conservative. More importantly than supporting the Democratic party, is fairness and truth.

    While skimming the list and read #16 I thought to myself that has to be out of context. I clicked some links and watched the video and sure enough it is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4P01JKiof8

  9. jldlv says:

    Ron Paul doesn't appear to be racist? Whuuut???

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  11. One of my all time special quotes seems extremely fitting here “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.”–Jim Rohn

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