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Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Marriage, Pro-Kids, Pro-Rick Santorum

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I am decidedly pro-choice and fundamentally pro-gay marriage, but after reading the laughably clumsy September 5, interview by Patricia Sheridan in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette I am now resigned to the fact that I will be voting for Rick Santorum. At least he actually understands that kids really do need fathers when at all possible.

Yes I do agree with “Rick the Prick.” It does take a family to raise a child and it takes a community to help that family thrive sufficiently to raise that child. Divorce law in America now, however, effectively destroys community support for families — all families, both gay and straight. A particularly painful example of this is that family court judges influenced by victim politics are smugly pleased when they take our soldiers’ children and income from them while they are at war overseas fighting to protect those very children. As a social liberal, which I am, it actually hurts me a bit even to admit I am voting for Rick Santorum, but mean as he is regarding his bizarre antipathy to gay marriage, he alone is the candidate most likely to help fathers raise their children.

Oddly enough a most horrid article in the purportedly conservative Pittsburgh Tribune Review on September 6,”Mean girls” by Kellie B. Gormly, actually quotes a famously stupid Orefield, Pa. psychologist, Dr. Herbert Mandell, who blames the malice of girls on “emotionally absent or abusive fathers.” Mandell conveniently overlooks the reality of our “yippee. divorce is great” culture. The reality is that child-custody decisions ushered in by Hillary/Boxer/Pelosi Democrats have created an America where the majority of girls are not actually allowed to see their fathers more than a few days a month.

The destructive notion that American children are best raised by communities of social workers in conjunction with single mothers is the shibboleth of the Democratic Party. Santorum sanely rejects that. Go Rick!

So that’s it. I’m voting for Rick Santorum and then taking a stiff drink and hoping my closest kindest friends will someday talk to me again. Or I may just lie and say I didn’t really vote for Santorum. But I am a dad, and as I see it Rick Santorum is the only guy looking out for my kids. Because sure as hell, NOW and the NARAL liars aren’t.

About carmine

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    RJ, you didn’t answer my question:

    What’s your problem with gay rights or gay rights people, other than that you’re RJ and have to have a knee-jerk reaction to everything?

    I’m really curious to know here.

    That is all.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Civil unions? Absolutely NOT. I’ve reversed my stance on them. I want to revolutionize the marriage concept with Covenant Partnerships. And I want these partnerships to have such stringent guidelines that it is difficult to break them. Let’s steal the idea from all those wonderful straight couples who are in covenant marriages. If the ‘majority’ doesn’t want ‘gay marriages’ so be it. A covenant partnership should be recognized as a partnership between two individuals, regardless of gender, and the rights of the individuals shall be equal to those of couples who are involved in conventional marriage. Let the straights have their marriage. Most of them end up in divorce anyway.

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Marriage is dissolving because heterosexuals are unable to manage their own interpersonal relationships, not because of gay people. What’s going to happen? Gay people getting married is going to disgust you so much you’re no longer going to show affection toward your wife? A gay man’s going to break up your happy home because of your latent homoerotic attractions?

    Oh please.

    Divorce rates are almost 65% now and in big cities, it’s over 70% of new marriages.

    Marriage is an archaic legal concept that is being torn asunder by the culture, and it has nothing to do with gay people. If you REALLY want to ban or discriminate against anything to save marriage, ban chick flicks, romance films, Friends, and anything else that creates lofty, individualistic expectations of love and romance that create constant disappoinment with the real and often mundane challenges of everyday life. Hell, ban alcohol, office flirting, massage parlors, Internet dating and all the other things scummy husbands use as an excuse to cheat on their wives.

    There’s no logic to this fear of gay marriage, especially if you’re willing to give gays everything but the “title” of marriage.

    RJ, you’re not even religious, are you?
    You seem like a Godless man to me, which is a compliment coming from a fellow heathen.

    That is all.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Same sex couples are more in line with Jesus Christ’s basic message than fundamentalist heterosexual couples.

    Isn’t that so ridiculous? I made that statement on purpose just to cause fundamentalist Christian heterosexuals to pop a blood vessel and come to this thread. Evil, I am, young Luke.

    Now that I have your attention, let’s get to the heart of the matter. BABs says: Marriage is dissolving because heterosexuals are unable to manage their own interpersonal relationships, not because of gay people. This seems so true. We’ve developed a society where the dissolution of marriage has become commonplace. That’s the sin in my eyes. There should be laws in place saying that if a person divorces they should not be allowed to remarry for a period of time. We need to nurture the concept of marriage, regardless of the individual dynamics. I’ve got strong family values — I believe in the power of families and that they are the backbone of this great Republic. It’s just that I believe that which constitutes a family sometimes is not completely dependent on biology.

    Marriage is an archaic legal concept that is being torn asunder by the culture, and it has nothing to do with gay people. I agree. The culture is tearing apart the whole marriage philosophy and it has nothing to do with gays whatsoever. I don’t agree, though, that it’s an archaic legal concept. There has to be some kind of legal mechanism for a couple to be bound to each other for a whole variety of reasons. Love is love. When two people truly love each other and want to spend their lives together, it really doesn’t matter about gender. It’s about those two individuals and the preservation of their wills, desires and rights.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “RJ, you’re not even religious, are you?
    You seem like a Godless man to me, which is a compliment coming from a fellow heathen.”

    Logic makes me agnostic. :)

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Why couldn’t we all be Vulcans?

  • Vincent C

    Pro-choice, pro-gay marriage and voting for Rick Santorum? That is …. odd.

    While I agree w/ Santorum that it does take parents to raise a child, I firmly believe that it does not matter whether the parents are straight or gay. Love is what matters, not gender. Santorum’s vocal, forceful opposition to gay marriage and even civil unions is not pro-family.

    I would urge you to vote for Bob Casey Jr. He is anti-choice but I might actually send him some money seeing as how he is the better alternative.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Rick Santorum sucks, m’kay? I have tried to a little bit defend him once using South Park, but he needs to go. Jonathan Rauch convinced me.

  • Christy Baraff

    Dr. Carmine I’m disappointed in you. I didn’t think you would be a one-issue sort of person. That doesn’t make you any better than the ultraconservative fundamentalist Christians that you are so quick to criticize in class. And, here I was thinking that you made a lot of sense. Silly me.

  • stu

    Interesting to us outside PA that the vicious attackers of Santorum see as their champion the namesake of the last democrat to be vocally anti-abortion.

    If Casey wins (and I doubt he will) how long will you tolerate him?

  • Bennett

    Bob – Comment #50 was well written.

    Thanks for that.

  • Jessica Cale

    alowe it please i have a friend that is gay so please think about what i have said….
    thanks
    Jessica Cale

  • Jessica Cale

    please alow you need to think of thouse gays out there that want to git married but they cant so think about others not just yourself

  • Stewart

    My 20 year old daughter is a lesbian. She lives with me and her older brother, by mutual choice. That being said, I believe that homosexual activity is sinful and homosexual “marriage” should be banned.

    PS: Abortion is murder. Senator Santorum is a good man, and tiring him with the ephitet “Rick the Prick” is indicative of a hateful, small-minded bigot.

  • http://stoppseudoscience.blogspot.com carmine

    Stewart,
    I agree with you regarding Santorum, and I did vote for him. The “Rick the Prick” line was merely to make the point that even if you do not like Santorum on every point you should still vote for him. Even if you hated him, you should have voted for him. I hoped saying such a commonly said crude thing might convince some who might not like him on all the issues to vote for him nevertheless. He is still one of the best politicians out there, and I am sure we will see more of him. There just aren’t that many men of real integrity in the world, his stance on abortion and gay marriage are irrelevant when it comes to the bigger picture.