ELECTION 2016: A CHARGE TO CHRISTIAN VOTERS — Part 3

The Deciding Factor

So, Christians have a tough decision before them when they go to caucus in Iowa on February 1 and all the primary contests in the states to follow. Do they cave to the groupthink that they must vote for Ted Cruz because he’s “leading in the polls” and has lots of money and organization to win as the 99 Pastors mantra dictates to them? What do they win by surrendering this issue to a man who likely will appoint Supreme Court judges who also share his 10th Amendment argument for state defined marriage? After all, Ted Cruz did in fact recommend, nominate, and vote to confirm an openly gay judge to the federal bench in Texas. Yes, yes he did. Or will evangelicals prayerfully seek God’s direction and look inward to their conscience and core beliefs to put the right man in office who will honor the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God? What does a Ted Cruz society look like compared to one under the policies of a President Santorum? If forcing gay and alternative marriages on you at the federal level is wrong, are you okay with it being forced on you by your state? But hey, if you don’t like the new law you can always just pull up your roots,  pack up your family, and move to a state that still bans gay marriage. Simple as that. Yes, this is the solution suggested by Ted Cruz. Is that the America we have to accept now, or can we still fight back? Is there a leader anywhere who still sees the battle worth fighting to get where we need to be again? I say resoundingly, YES! 

I implore you to watch the stark comparison on the issue of marriage between Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum and use your own discretion to vet which man belongs in the White House. Which man understands how critical it is that marriage be preserved as the foundational institution for our free and civil society to not only continue on and thrive but to survive? 

 

Santorum, unlike Cruz, does not believe it’s good we have “choices” on what marriage can be, and he sticks by his core biblical belief that we cannot have 50 definitions of marriage and what is clearly revealed in Natural Law cannot be redefined by government at any level. Ted Cruz has, in essence, severed the Declaration of Independence from the Constitution in his defense of state defined marriage and points to the 10th Amendment as the blueprint for the genesis of societies since our Constitution was ratified . Santorum maintains the two founding documents are inextricably tethered and no law at either the state or federal level can redefine or violate what is clearly evident in the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God. He further warns that supporters of limited government who, like Cruz, reference the 10th Amendment as the barrier to an oppressive dictate from the federal level are willing to tolerate the very same restrictive laws at the state level. Santorum cites Natural Law as the backstop to prevent the imposition of unjust laws on the people at any government level. Have you heard any other candidate talk like this?  Yet this is the candidate Christians are being told to throw under the bus this time. 

 Was there something wrong with Rick Santorum as a candidate in 2012 that spurred so many in the Christian, mainly evangelical community to abandon him for a second try for the presidency? Actually there was everything right  about him, and he proved as much and more that despite running the barest of shoestring campaigns and with zero to scant media attention, he came out of nowhere and almost took out the establishment anointed one, Mitt Romney, despite being exponentially outspent time and again, winning the Iowa Caucus and 10 more states, finishing second in 13 more by the time he was forced to suspend. By that time he had won more counties than the entire Republican field combined, double the counties won by Romney alone. Santorum has the 6th highest vote and state tally in political history for a runner up to his party’s nomination. The last time anyone accomplished a feat like this was Ronald Reagan in his 1976 presidential campaign. 

 Santorum was the blue collar, socially conservative Christian underdog who commanded overwhelming support from Christians and conservatives across the nation who saw and trusted him as a true doer of his word based on his stellar character and a track record to match of fighting and winning on the issues most near and dear to their hearts. For years he was the “point man” to whom all major Christian organizations and leaders looked to for driving their issues in the Senate. In fact, TIME Magazine listed Santorum, a Catholic, as one of the Top 25 Evangelicals in the country in their February 2005 magazine, and Santorum even refers to himself as an Evangelical Catholic. 

The Perfect Candidate for Such A Time as This

The only thing wrong with Santorum’s campaign was lack of funding in the end, and he was forced out after keeping up his valiant David vs Goliath battle into April.  In the end it wasn’t just Rick Santorum vs. Mitt Romney.  Every establishment force and entity possible came out of the woodwork to rally for Romney and conduct a 24/7 assault of the airwaves calling for Santorum to cease his faith and grace propelled Little Engine That Could  campaign and drop out because the extended primaries were “damaging” party unity. The reality was in the end it  was Rick Santorum vs. Mitt Romney/the RNC/Sheldon Adelson/Donald Trump/Newt Gingrich/Ron Paul/billionaire funded Super PACS/ and every single RNC establishment talking head shill on Fox News including Bill O’Reilly, Dick Morris, and Fox News establishment barnacle Karl Rove and his trusty sidekick, Mr. Whiteboard. Add in all the DNC controlled national “news” networks who gave Santorum’s campaign scant coverage and round the clock repeated the Romney campaign mantra that Santorum had no chance of reaching the delegate threshold to clinch the nomination and we see the staggering coalition that came together to force him out.  Just think about that for a minute. It took all the aforementioned individuals and entities with all their mega millions of dollars, influence, and endless airtime to take Santorum out. Absolutely incredible! If that is not proof of what a powerhouse candidate is, I don’t know what is. How Rick Santorum’s campaign not only survived but thrived on the paltry 22 million he raised all primary season deserves a special chapter in the political history books. In my lifetime I can’t recall any candidate for national office who went so far and accomplished so much on so little. Proof positive of a smartly and lean run campaign governed by frugality, priorities, and self discipline.  Exactly the type of leadership fed up voters were looking for to take over the reins in D.C.   Tragically for our nation, enough voters eventually caved to the media lies and spin and lost heart, and their support dropped off to the point Santorum could go on no further. So after setting off such a firestorm of panic throughout the GOP establishment, media, and the Democrat Party in 2012, imagine the absolute hysteria that would arise from Rick Santorum re-entering the presidential ring in 2016. 

In assessing the possibilities for the 2016 race, common sense would dictate that should Santorum decide to run again, the way to win and win big would be to keep intact all his support from the 2012 race and build on that with the goal of fixing the one area of his campaign that prevented him from going on: funding.  He clearly was the winning messenger with the winning message who was seen as authentic and trustworthy and who truly connected with and resonated with people across the socioeconomic spectrum of America. It’s how Reagan won in a landslide in 1980 after his heroic but failed attempt in 1976.  No, there’s nothing wrong with Rick Santorum and in fact, he was as perfect a candidate a conservative Christian voter could hope for.  And this is why there is ZERO primetime media coverage of him and his campaign ever since the humiliating Romney loss to Barack Obama in 2012. The establishment forces who sought so hard to take Santorum out in 2012 don’t want you to ever see and hear him again for the very same reason they did their darnedest to get rid of him then; they know he will follow through on exactly what he says he will do. He’s going to actually talk about and act on issues like family, marriage, life, and religious liberty. Issues that make the big dog donors and bosses of the party extremely uncomfortable and squeamish. The message from the RNC establishment via the blackballing they ordered on Santorum is that Iowa got it wrong in 2012 and by so disrespecting their Caucus winner via the media snub, Iowa had best get it right this time and vote for one of their approved moderates.  

Talk show host Laura Ingraham shed some light on the RNC plan to shut Rick Santorum out of the 2016 election when she had him on her show a few weeks after Romney lost the 2012 election to Obama. This is a transcript of her revelation to him on her February 4, 2013 show:

Ingraham: “Senator, I know that Patriot Voices is your new site, and you’ve written a lot about  not only the culture but what the Republican  Party can do next. I will say that when I was at this dinner the other week, and these were all former cabinet members, some former Bush and Reagan officials, you know what they invariably, one after the other, came up to me and said? ‘What are we going to do about these, uh, you know, how right, far right the party’s gone?’, you know, kind of what Colin Powell has said, and your name came up a couple of times. I’ve got to say, like ‘we have to make sure that someone like a Rick Santorum doesn’t run again’. And I’m just like ‘Why are you telling me this?’  Why do they feel like they should tell me this?  Do they think that I’m going to say ‘Oh yeah that’s good idea. Abandon all social issues.’”

Listen to this portion of the interview 

Did you get that? RNC heavyweights “have to make sure” Santorum never runs again. What better way to thwart a repeat of Santorum’s 2012 brushfire success than to make sure voters can’t see and hear him on major media, namely Republican viewer magnet shows like Fox News Special Report and all the Fox News primetime shows? Did you know that the last time Bill O’Reilly had Rick Santorum on his program was in DECEMBER 2013?  Yes, over TWO years ago! Sean Hannity covered 4 days of the big campaign launching CPAC in February 2015 on his nightly TV show, and although the 2012 runner up, Rick Santorum was a featured speaker there and his speech was warmly received, had you tuned in to Hannity’s shows that week you would never have known Santorum was even there. At CPAC, Hannity pledged to give as much TV and radio airtime as possible to EACH candidate from that point on until the primaries; and he covered every candidate at the venue with live interviews and/or video footage of their speeches and interviews. Everyone, that is, EXCEPT for Rick Santorum. Why? And when Santorum  announced his candidacy from a factory floor in Butler, PA on May 27, 2015, Hannity, who covered most of the candidates live for a full hour during or shortly after their announcements, did have Santorum on for all of 4 minutes late that evening and didn’t have him on again until 7 weeks after for the full hour he promised to give all candidates. He hasn’t had him on again since or even mentioned his name. Again, why? Megyn Kelly last had Rick Santorum on her show sometime back in 2011 during the 2012 Republican primary contest and hasn’t had him on to talk with her since. She has not even so much as acknowledged he is even running. A sub host for Kelly has had Santorum on twice since then for 2 and 3 minute tidbits, and the time was largely relegated to asking him about other candidates in the race and NOT about any details of his policies and vision for America. Every candidate has had a revolving door invite on all the aforementioned programs on Fox News, and they all have enjoyed easy rides to the top of the polls. All that is, except Rick Santorum.  And you wonder why his poll numbers have been so low, relegating him to “undercard” status in the afternoon rush hour traffic debates. 

Fox News has had Santorum on their mid morning and afternoon shows for table scrap moments here and there when viewership is the lowest, and again, most of these if-you-blinked-you-missed-it appearances were dedicated to asking him about his low poll numbers (surprise surprise) and about other candidates. Fox News grudgingly covered Santorum’s 2015 presidential announcement live and immediately after, broke away to their popular pundit populated dinner hour show, The Five, whereby the elitist “political experts” on the program proceeded to trash Santorum as a washed up hasbeen with a message nobody cares about or wants to hear (despite the fact it’s Santorum’s blue collar populace message that practically every candidate has hijacked as their own campaign blueprint.) Dripping with scorn and disdain, the hosts even mocked Santorum’s smart and catchy campaign theme song Take Back America. I can find no video of this unprecedented, disgusting and brazen display of disrespect for a presidential candidate, but radio host Mark Levin had a lot to say about it on his show. NO other candidate in the eventual field of 17 was treated in this despicable fashion. This is the appalling disrespect given the strong horse runner up in 2012. Can you imagine Mitt Romney being so disparaged as a presidential contender for 2012 like this after 2008?

Why have C-SPAN cameras time and again suddenly developed “technical problems” at national conservative speaking venues just before Santorum takes the stage and miraculously work again right after he’s finished? Why have his taped speeches at events covered by C-SPAN been routinely omitted from the replay loop of the events on TV? Why only his? Why have some prominent videos of Santorum in the C-SPAN archives suddenly been disabled and manipulated after being circulated on social media? Why have all the other candidates’ speeches at some national conservative summits and forums been recorded and posted on youtube by the event hosts but not Santorum’s?  Why are podcasts of national radio shows missing his interview portions of the shows? As a social media watchdog for Santorum since 2011, I can confirm this has been happening since shortly after the 2012 election, and it happens a lot. And I do mean a lot. Seems to me some people are going to great lengths to keep him out of the spotlight, wouldn’t you say? I think we can pretty much rule out coincidence. 

This is why most of you likely haven’t seen or heard Rick Santorum at all on any major media despite the fact he’s out there working his heart out doing it the hard way, again, visiting the good people of the 99 counties in Iowa. It’s really difficult to launch a national campaign in all the states if you don’t get any national coverage, and this goes for all the liberal network news as well. They will NOT cover him at all, either. Pretty easy to deduce what’s going on here. Fox News is the media arm of the establishment run RNC, and Santorum, as the anti-establishment candidate who nearly toppled their chosen one in 2012, must be put away for doing so, and the 2016 race has been wargamed to make it near impossible for his return and repeat. The liberal media  also fear him due to his authentic blue collar appeal as proven by his gritty Rocky Balboa performance in the 2012 race, and they see him as a real threat again. And top national conservative talk hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck shun and avoid mentions of Santorum because they are insulating their surefire winner, big donor backed candidate Ted Cruz from a direct challenge from Santorum. It’s Santorum’s supporters from 2012 Cruz is largely gunning for, so he’s getting lots of help from Limbaugh and Co. to help put Santorum out of sight and out of mind. Santorum on the big stage with the unaccomplished freshman “legend in his own mind” senator would yield a very different race right now. There just is no comparison on presidential prowess and readiness for this huge job promotion. No comparison whatsoever. A huge disservice is being visited upon not just Rick Santorum and his campaign but also on the voters of America who have the right to see and hear him and ALL the candidates offering their service to lead this nation. I think it’s safe to say that Rick Santorum is the most feared man in politics by both the Republican establishment and the liberal Left. Just let that sink into your noggins a bit. 

So Santorum is forced, yet again, to light the fire in Iowa like last time, and Christian and conservative voters can fuel that to a 50 state blaze this time if they just do what they know is the right thing to do. The man and his message are there and we need him more than ever.

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