Rick Santorum Says He Decides What is Constitutional, Not the Supreme Court

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It is a good thing Rick Santorum has a snowball’s chance in hell of getting into the White House, because like all his fellow candidates, he has no idea how the United States Constitution works.

According to Santorum, the legalization of gay marriage is the “establishment of religion,” even though what it would, in fact be, is a slap in the face to the idea of the establishment of religion – namely, Santorum’s religion.

It is bad enough that Santorum is trying to play off “gayness” as a religion. What is worse is him thinking that he doesn’t have to abide by the Supreme Court’s ruling because he disagrees with it.

The fact is – and the way this whole thing is set up – if the Supreme Court says something is constitutional, it is constitutional.

Grade-schoolers know this stuff. Why doesn’t Santorum?

We may not like what the Supreme Court says – the Hobby Lobby ruling being a case in point, or Citizens United – but it’s the law of the land, period. The best we can do in response (short of a new system of government) is a Constitutional Amendment, which changes the Constitution and therefore what the Supreme Court can rule about it.

But Rick Santorum, fresh from entertaining a voter or two in Iowa, told Glenn Beck a bunch of Bartonesque BS – namely that marriage equality will force boys and girls to share locker rooms (Mike Huckabee’s fantasy of showering with teenage girls becoming reality) – before he went on to claim,

This is tantamount to government establishing religion. When the United States government comes in and says this is what you are going to believe, this is how you’re going to practice your faith, this is a new religion. This violates, in my opinion, the Establishment Clause in the Constitution that says that Congress shall make no law with respect to an establishment of religion. If the government goes around and tells churches what they have to believe in and what their doctrine is, that is something that is a violation of the First Amendment.

Far from telling you what to believe, the Supreme Court would be telling you that you DON’T HAVE TO BELIEVE what the Religious Right is selling you. It would be affirming that you have a right to your own beliefs, as opposed to having Rick Santorum’s beliefs stand in for your own.

What Santorum’s claim comes down to is this: “If you don’t believe what I, Rick Santorum believe, you are violating the First Amendment.”

Until Rick Santorum understands the First Amendment, he should stop talking about it. You can read it for yourself. It doesn’t say anything about marriage of any kind. Marriage isn’t religion. To claim marriage is religion is to establish religion by forcing everybody else to accept your definition of marriage.

My fourth grader understands that. But then he’s reading at a 10th to 12th grade level. Based on the available evidence – and assuming Santorum is not just obscenely dishonest – I suspect things are reversed for Santorum.

To listen to him, you would think a Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality would force straight people to marry members of their own sex. They protest so much you almost wonder if that isn’t secretly what they want.

Clearly, we could ignore Santorum simply on the basis of what CNN calls his “empty diner” strategy. When only one voter shows up at your campaign stop, you know you’re not popular.

However, in what passes for a political party on the right these days – but which is actually a religious cult – extremism feeds extremism, and that is the real danger in claims like these.

What one candidate says, another has to at least match, and more often, surpass, in order to keep up with the demands of the feckless multitude. Jesus would have fed them loaves and fishes. Republican candidates feed them extremism.

Rick Santorum, who was pro-choice until he found it expedient to be anti-choice when he ran for office, has apparently found it expedient to be completely stupid, and to be honest, it’s not working out very well for him. Unless his entire goal was to appear to be a buffoon, in which case it has worked out very well indeed.

What is amazing is that Republican candidates can say these things without any response at all from the mainstream media.

Can you imagine what would happen if President Obama announced that he would just ignore anything the Supreme Court ruled with regard the Affordable Care Act because he’s the final arbiter of what is and is not constitutional? Obama, unlike Santorum, at least specializes in Constitutional Law.

And there is precedent, after all, in Gov. Brownback of Kansas threatening to eliminate the Kansas judiciary if they rule against him. And this seems to be what Santorum is hinting at, when he says,

“If they get it wrong and the consequences are what I suspect they will be toward people of faith (those consequences being a bunch of stuff David Barton made up the day before) then this president will fight back.”

Well, Rick, right now you are not even the president of one person in Iowa – she wouldn’t endorse him till she gets all the facts – And that is more than Santorum has bothered to do.

30 Replies to “Rick Santorum Says He Decides What is Constitutional, Not the Supreme Court”

  1. The only president who ever ignored a Supreme Court’s ruling was Andrew Jackson and that ended in the Trail of Tears, not a bit of US history most of us are proud of. Although me thinks these assholes would have no problem with a decision that leads to the deaths of over a quarter of a ethnic group.

  2. “What is amazing is that Republican candidates can say these things without any response at all from the mainstream media.”

    That doesn’t amaze me at all, considering that better than 90% of the news media is controlled by a handful of corporations. What amazes me is that the American public even knows there’s a Democratic party, or what it stands for. They sure didn’t learn that from the supine national media.

  3. If legalizing gay marriage were to be the “establishment of religion”, then it means that everyone would be forced to marry someone of the same sex.

    The stupidity of this argument is endless!

  4. Now we are getting to the crux of the issue. Ricky boy and his cabal wants everyone to believe as he does. What about my ministers rights in the 1st Amendment? According to this dude my minister does not have the right to marry me and my family. Well his reign of terror is over. I cannot wait until the SCOTUS tells him so.

  5. Wow. Watching 18 people try to out-clown, out-stupid eachother for another year will, no doubt, get much crazier as the desperation sets in. Yikes!

  6. Unfortunately- being completely stupid is his being politically expedient. Which is why he keeps getting elected.

    Which says a lot about the Religious Right- The Law is only right, when they like it.

    But Obama is ‘out of control’.

  7. “…It should be pointed out that nothing like this has occurred in any of the 37 states that already have marriage equality.”
    (RWW 6/10/15)

    It’s the same rehashed rhetoric used the last time they got their panties bunched up over a federal ruling in favor of equality. Remember all this was supposed to happen when “the gays” were allowed to serve openly in the army? Or same when the law was changed so sex partners could receive the same benefits as hetro-spouses?

    Nothing they claim ever happens…

  8. This is typical of Reich Wing Christian Conservatives. In their minds they correct no matter how stupid what they think is. They even claim power over the false entity that is god. Sick RANTorum is the poster BOY for what is wrong with the Ugly Americans known as the GOP.

  9. Don’t expect to find any questioning of what any of the candidates espouse on either cable or broadcast channels. The interviewers are there only for their looks, and they don’t apparently have the advantage of paid researchers to assist them when someone spouts something so off the wall (Santorum, Carson et al). They have no frigging idea how to respond because, just like Simple Sarah Palin, they’ve never done their homework.
    It’s not “news”, it’s entertainment, because that’s what pays the bills and feeds the coffers of the media conglomerates.
    Best place to get the news, along with some decent, in-depth journalism, is the still-alive big dailies and on the web. Those of us who grew up with a daily newspaper at our door continue to rely on that medium, while the younger cohort who grew up with the internet depend on it for their news.

  10. These GOP politicians want the democracy to die of a thousand wounds, by attacking the Constitutional checks and Balance system while they claim to be the protectors.

    The attacks on the judicial branch is coming from all the GOP directions at the State levels, promising to buy it or defund it, and at the end destroy its influence.

  11. ” Which is why he keeps getting elected.”

    Sorry Moongrim, Santorum was booted out from the Senate by us in Pennsylvania a long time ago and he hasn’t been elected or reelected to anything since. Sorry he keeps inflicting himself and his views on the rest of the country, but that is the right wing and MSM’s fault.

  12. Sorry, he slipped in promising to be a moderate. As soon as we saw the wolf in sheep’s clothing we voted him out. That was a long time ago though. He just won’t go away and Fox “News” and the MSM don’t help matters. There’s also the laugh factor that clowns like him produce. [WINK]

  13. The same gloom and doom, end of families was predicted when Roe V. Wade came down the pike. Sadly, some Democrats from the leftover Southern Strategy was against Roe.

  14. Der Fuhrer say he will be the final word on what is constitutional and what is unconstitutional, notwithstanding the separation of powers enshrined by the founding fathers in the Constitution.

  15. Those damn Repukes have the gall to tell others what to do or not to do. They try to tell women what to do with their bodes., tell the Pope what he should say or do, now we got a nutcase attempting to tell the Supreme Court what they can and cannot do. When in reality you couldn’t get a spoon full of brains from GOP candidates from all of them put together. And Rickie thinks his poop doesn’t stink, trying to be Mr. Holier-than-thou.

  16. santorum does not keep getting elected. we in Pennsylvania were smart enough to kick him to the curb years ago, the same way we just did to his buddy tom Corbett.

    as a matter of fact, santorum’s main claim to fame is that his name was applied to a homosexual act several years ago. google it and see what pops up. the only thing I can think of is that by quoting sheer stupidity, he can generate enough publicity to push spreadingsantorum.com off the top page of the search engines.

    but that would ignore his history of saying and doing stoopud things, like trying to claim his family (with 5 kids) lived in a 2 bedroom house in penn hills that he owned but had rented out. I feel bad for the kids, they are home schooled and have no exposure to anything that would contradict his delusional world view.

    personally, I want sick rick to “bring it on” because the more he speaks the worse he looks.

  17. I tend to think of Rick ‘frothy mix’ Santorum and Marco ‘gurgle’ Rubio in the same breath. I’ve already lost 30 pounds.

  18. Santorum is invoking the doctrine of divine rights. The king, or in this case, the president, can do no wrong.

    Two other presidential candidates have invoked the doctrine of divine rights – Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Ben Carson. All want the right to overturn Supreme Court decisions that they don’t like.

    If citizens do not like Supreme Court decisions, Abraham Lincoln had this to say: “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who would pervert the Constitution.”

    Granted, it is easier said than done when it comes to the Court. But it is citizen’s duty to challenge Court decisions in the public arena, primarily the media and other avenues of public discourse.

  19. Gay marriage like transgender surgery is nothing more than a social construct agenda that biologically baffles reason. Gays should have rights just the same as married couples such as mutual health care and inheritance but marriage is well beyond that. All people are equal but evolution gives two sexes. Think about it.

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