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Friday, May 20, 2005

Rick Santorum and the Politics of Hate

The Senate battle over the filibuster continued yesterday with the same partisan vitriol levied by the Republicans in their bloodthirsty quest to seize ultimate control over judicial appointments. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) compared the Democrats with Adolph Hitler, making an asinine analogy that the Left's defense of the filibuster is equal to this murderous Nazi's 1942 defense of the allies' invasion of Paris, which he occupied at the time. This is the same Sen. Santorum who earlier this year publicly vilified Sen. Robert Byrd (D-VA) for his comparison of President Bush to Hitler. So, as usual, it's just more of the Republicans' do as I say, not as I do philosophy of ethics and morality. Like Sen. Byrd, Santorum this week showed a gross error in judgment by referencing the most vile, murderous figure in world history to make his political points. He demonstrated a colossal insensitivity to the millions who perished under the brutal Nazi regime, and the loved ones they left behind who still live with the horrible memories of the Holocaust. And lastly, Santorum continues to show that he is an irrational, hypocritical, right-wing extremist. Let's all remember that Santorum is best known for equating sexuality between consenting gay adults with bestiality between humans and dogs. When you view comments such as this one, and also that of freshman Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma, who believes doctors who perform abortions should be executed, it's pretty easy to see why, with the Republican leadership we currently have, we're defending the filibuster so passionately. The stakes are quite high. America's future, our freedom, and the balance of power could be altered forever. Andy

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