Ruminations on Dinner with Rick Santorum: The Forgotten Man of 2016

 

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Rare is the true gentleman statesman these days in a society and world growing ever more me-centered with politicians aggressively chasing personal ambitions and media creating and cranking out new political rock stars every year.

I was fortunate to catch the speech of one of those rare statesmen at this year’s Values Voter Summit in Washington DC.  A true Christian statesman and patriot and the first person who immediately comes to mind whenever I hear the words “Values Voter Summit.”  A statesman who left huge shoes (still yet to be filled) when he departed the Senate in 2006 after one of the most distinguished and accomplished terms of service ever and who was the most perfect candidate you could possibly dream up to take on Hillary Clinton in this election and Barack Obama in 2012. The man who SHOULD  be the Republican nominee, should  be president, and would be if we had any modicum of sanity and rational thought in our vetting process anymore, IF we actually had a vetting process anymore and primaries free of media and party manipulation. 

 

Rick Santorum had been bumped from his originally scheduled 3:30 pm speaking time last Friday to accommodate Donald Trump a day earlier slot to attend the funeral of Phyllis Schlafly, and he waited patiently backstage as his reshuffled 4 pm speech was pushed further and further back by unannounced speakers and informative but long winded panel discussions that wore on the tiring audience, many eager to exit for ticketed receptions, dinner, and other events. 

After more than an hour, he was finally introduced and walked on stage at 5:10 pm to a near half empty room that not an hour earlier was still packed full. This is not an unusual occurrence for Rick Santorum; in fact, it’s become quite commonplace for him at major conservative venues the last few years. One could say it’s just coincidence, but I’ve seen it happen many times, and only to him. I have no idea why this happens so often, but I will just say they saved the best for last, so those who left early really missed out. Few there are who would take this disregard of his time as graciously as he does; and he did so again this time, approaching the podium with a smile on his face and sincere appreciation for those who stayed on through the end of that particularly long and drawn out 3- ½ hour session to hear him.

 

After giving a poignant and touching tribute of the recent passing of his dear friends, Phyllis Schlafly and Tim LaHaye, Rick Santorum launched into a passionate and gripping message on the continued cultural degradation permeating every aspect of society and gave a rally call to conservatives to be that bulwark to stop it, especially in this election cycle, by giving full support to the most unusual and unlikely agent of the change we seek and need: Donald Trump.

 

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His message was well received, and typical of almost every Rick Santorum speech, you could almost hear a pin drop. It was a very serious message for the most serious of times. In this day and age of politainment when the number of standing O’s you can rack up with redmeat rhetoric delivered in flaming, fire-breathing fashion is what gets you in the news and instant recognition as presidential timber or a political rock star, Santorum’s message, like always, is meant for people to listen to and digest, not reflexively react to like trained circus seals. The tragedy for us is the most wise and experienced are discarded by the media and talk jocks for those spewing sass and snark instead because that’s what brings in the ratings and/or fulfills an agenda meant to overshadow and put away a bold and outspoken cultural Christian conservative like Rick Santorum because he’s often considered “too conservative” to win. His impressive track record winning 4 of his 5 races in the blue state of Pennsylvania and near trouncing of establishment chosen one, Mitt Romney, in 2012 pretty much debunk that baseless claim. 

 

He ended his speech to a well-deserved standing O in like fashion when he entered the stage, and then Rick Santorum did something truly demonstrative of the magnanimity so characteristic of him.  In the span of about 15 minutes or so he exited the stage and quickly made his way to the hall outside where a gaggle of attendees eagerly waited for selfies with him as Matt Boyle of Breitbart radio interviewed him about his speech and support for Trump; darted off to the FRC Action PAC reception he was scheduled to attend and delivered a message of encouragement to conservative activists; and then he walked several blocks in the 100 degree sauna bath-like heat of the September afternoon, in his coat and tie, to Lillie’s Restaurant & Bar to break bread with a small group of his Virginia supporters. I had no idea he had such a pressured schedule when he accepted our invitation to join us, and he kept his commitment instead of doing some catch up with many of his longtime peers and indulging reception attendees who no doubt were looking forward to chatting and taking selfies with him.  I’d have to think most politicians put in that situation with such time constraints would have just told us sorry but they couldn’t make it, but this time-compressed whirlwind foisted upon him did not deter him from making it to dinner, and on time. That speaks volumes about what kind of man this is.

 

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My friends and I had taken a cab to Lillie’s for sake of time and a cooler option to get to the restaurant and had been seated only a scant few minutes when Rick Santorum walked in. Doggone if he didn’t almost beat our cab there. He smiled as he warmly greeted each of us and apologized for being rather damp from his walk in the sweltering heat, then pulled up the chair beside me and sat down. Now, for me, an avid supporter and admirer since his days in Congress, meeting him like this was akin to my 10 year old self meeting my favorite baseball player of all time, Carl Yastrzemski. I never had the pleasure of meeting Yaz or even attending a Boston Red Sox game, but you get the picture. Yastrzemski sparked my interest and love of baseball and I devoted a good deal of my free time working on my skills until I was pretty good at it.

 

Rick Santorum lit a fire under me during his impassioned debate on partial birth abortion in 1996 and I could no longer just get angry and complain about it but was compelled to get involved politically to support prolife legislation and  candidates like him. I had been a prolife activist on the moral and cultural front for a few years, initiating a large protest at the abortion clinic just down the street from our house, and that one day protest grew into a 2 year long ministry helping pregnant women in need; but when conditions grew hostile to our peaceful and prayer-led efforts resulting in physical threats to our dutiful “Lifewalkers”, we were forced to bring it to an end. That’s when I saw the Good Senator on c-span debating Barbara Boxer and other pro abortion Democrats, and it jolted me to action on the political battlefield as well.

 

I saw back then a man of true character and integrity with the courage of his convictions who would be an exceptional president one day, so naturally I was elated when he announced his candidacy for president in June 2011. By December when I saw others were finally paying attention to him, I went “all in” to get him to the White House, and I’ve kept up that mode and mission ever since and all throughout this election until he was once again tragically forced to suspend.

 

So many of us were exceedingly confident he’d make it through this time, stronger in a second run with substantially wider appeal after 2012 with a greater focus on his blue collar-centric message and policies that even motivated Democrats to vote for him in the open primaries in key swing states; something that got the Romney campaign all hot and bothered and struck fear in the heart of the DNC if Rick Santorum, with his strong blue collar appeal, became the Republican nominee. Pegged for years by media as a “social issues only” politician and “an extremist”, in 2012 he successfully busted out of that bogus mold and proved his mettle and might on critical issues of national and global concern with voters who hadn’t come out to vote for Republicans since Reagan.  During that election and since, Rick Santorum has been relentlessly calling for the GOP to become the party of the American worker with a message and policies focusing on those struggling on Main Street, not profiting on Wall Street. His 2014 book launch of Blue Collar Conservatives was met with great enthusiasm for this new America First direction for the party, and he did a whirlwind of media appearances and book signings to get his message out;  but the same national media that interviewed him about his book did a 180 on him (and you all know who you are) as the 2016 race was shaping up in January 2015, and despite being the only authentic and credible blue collar-centered candidate in the race and with the most unique, muscular, America First immigration, trade, manufacturing, and energy policies in the burgeoning field, Rick Santorum bewilderingly became the Invisible Man of 2016. All election, he struggled to get a minute or 2 even on little watched late morning and early afternoon news programs, the only programs that dared to acknowledge he existed.  It was Donald Trump who outrageously benefited from the blackout on Rick Santorum and incredibly was able to recast himself as a blue collar Everyman after  reading Rick’s book in 2014, and using it as his own populace campaign blueprint, lassoed and rode a 2 billion dollar tidal wave of free media coverage — and the rest is history. (I’ve blogged extensively about this, so check my archives for more about Rick’s influence on Trump’s campaign.)

 

When Trump’s Veepstakes hit fever pitch in mid July and early August and whispers abounded that Rick’s name was on the short list, many of us were convinced Trump would have the good sense to tap the man most responsible for his wild ride into the political history books. For sure Trump would cause a media meltdown and the outright implosion of  the establishment controlled RNC by decoying them with other candidates only to pull out the wildcard of Rick Santorum as his VP.  Rick’s twitter feed lit up like a Christmas tree with numerous Trump supporters, conservative leaders, and pundits and bloggers in full support of Rick for Vice President, many fully recognizing how much the two men had in common on issues and policy. In his final choice of Mike Pence, Trump chose a Mr. Rogers instead of Rocky Balboa. Just another crushing blow to those of us who recognize in Rick Santorum what makes the elitists in charge cringe to think about. I like Mike Pence. He’s a wonderful Christian man and proven traditional conservative, but he’s had to flip on some pretty heavy issues central to the Trump campaign and really lacks that oompf  factor necessary for a truly dynamic and complete blue collar duo who are on the same page issue and policy-wise. 

Sigh.

 

Now, I’m not one to be star struck, and this was not the case here either. It just was an absolute privilege to be able to meet the man who has been my political and culture warrior hero and inspiration for years. I’ve spent a good deal of time and effort these last 5 years on both of his presidential campaigns, so yes, it was indeed an honor when this larger than life political figure accepted my invitation to meet and have dinner with our group of supporters who had worked diligently to get him on the Virginia ballot.

 

I can say without any hesitation this is a truly humble and kind-hearted man. A man of strong faith who loves and is devoted to his wife and kids, is a friend to everyone, and has a deep and sincere appreciation for his many loyal supporters. What is truly striking is how at ease he is with anyone. Most of us at the table he had never met before other than at a book signing or seeing us pop up regularly on his twitter feed.

This 2 term congressman; 2 term U.S. Senator and twice presidential candidate; the man most responsible for the historic Welfare Reform Act of 1996, the ban on partial birth abortions and the original sanctions on Iran; who bucked his own party and president  to call out radical Islam for the evil and threat it is before anyone else did; the man ISIS featured in their online publication as their enemy; the man who is the prolife, pro family culture warrior of our time, was having dinner with us. But it was like he could very well be your really smart, clean cut, super decent, all American brother-in-law, neighbor, or old school friend who just happens to be exceptionally qualified to be president. Yeah, something kinda like that. Just the most down to Earth, genuine person you could meet. He’s the same Rick Santorum in person you see on TV (I’ll add even younger looking in person), and though Lillie’s was a very nice venue to share dinner with him, it seemed a bit stuffier a place than suitable for this get together. He’d probably have been just fine with us picking a local Taco Bell.  Okay, well maybe not Taco Bell, but definitely some casual pizza joint or family eatery to munch out on burgers and hot wings.

 

 

After we gave the waiter our orders, Rick shared with us what his wife Karen and their 7 children have been doing and showed us a recent picture of his precious little Bella. He told us how Karen and the kids were watching Values Voter at home and she had texted him earlier how they were anxiously waiting and waiting for him to go on as his time slot was pushed further and further back. We talked a little politics, about the presidential election, and discussed the theme of his speech about the moral and cultural decline and the continued struggle people of faith are having, especially situations young people face at liberal universities. He was very enthusiastic about the new film his movie studio is premiering in theaters this month and also told us a little about his interesting new business venture involving renewable energy sources. I’m eager to hear a lot more about this.

 

 

Our food arrived and he offered to bless the meal, and did so, beautifully, in Latin. There was not much discussion about his recent campaign, and as an investigative journalist/blogger who engaged in daily battle on social media on his behalf, I was just bubbling inside to get his response to some things that still had me fit to be tied; but with 7 others at the table, I just couldn’t.  There was so much I wish I had time to talk to him about regarding what happened to him this time and why, from his perspective.  Everyone else there was just as thrilled to be there with him too, so somehow bringing up his second run, one that none of us could have seen ending this way after his tremendous 2012 success, might have been a bit of a downer at this very pleasant get together. He was The Forgotten Man of the 2016 election, and there are so many reasons why; none of which any political expert or pundit will dare divulge. I wanted to make the point what happened to him was not because voters didn’t want him this time. They were denied to make that choice, or not, because he never was allowed out of the starting gate by any and all media covering the election; an unprecedented blackout on a party’s runner up from the previous race.

 

 

 We never hear this in any of the post primary discussion regarding Rick Santorum’s ill-fated campaign. It’s always his 2012 success was “just a fluke” or that he “failed to gain traction” this time; voters just wanted “new blood”, an “outsider”,  a “fresh face”, or “his time has come and gone”  — all just absolute media created mantra hogwash to justify their obsession with creating new “rock star” candidates instead. This election, more than any other, was HIS election, should  have been his election. Every single issue front and center in this race are issues he led the fight on years ago, often battling one-on-one with Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton in the Senate and mopping the floor with her.  He was, as he lightheartedly (and so rightly) reminded us at Values Voter, the perfect candidate to take on Hillary Clinton and lead this country;  but his clear focus now is on making sure she will not nor ever be president, and he’s most admirably stepped up to the plate to do his part in supporting Donald Trump. He is a man of his word and honored his pledge to support and help the eventual Republican nominee. Rick Santorum has always put the interests of his country above self and his political future, unlike some of these new “fresh faces” who put their own ambitions first and foremost in the decisions they make with 2020 now clearly in their crosshairs.

 

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.

That clearly is what Rick Santorum lives out in his daily life. I’ve often heard people say he’s just too good, decent, and honest for the presidency. What a terrible place we are now in if that were true. I think we are starved for a leader like that. 

 

Rick Santorum, more than anyone, knows the RNC and media waged a blackout on his campaign this time to keep him out of the national spotlight, and one thing I did share with him was a major reason he couldn’t build a national campaign. The Fox News primetime blackout on him was bad enough, but when I told him how even conservative radio giant and GOP Kingmaker Rush Limbaugh never discussed him or his campaign all election and didn’t even mention when he entered the race, he looked pretty stunned. I mean, if Rush doesn’t talk about you and Fox News Republican viewer magnet primetime treats you like you don’t exist, do you really even exist? Rush, in fact, never once brought Rick Santorum up in all the post 2012 election analysis or as a potential candidate for 2016 despite  covering in depth and/or at least announcing when all the other 16 officially entered the race. He was the only one Rush never mentioned. Anyone who exclusively relied on Rush Limbaugh and/or Fox News primetime shows for their daily dose of campaign news likely had no idea Rick Santorum even was a candidate this time. Never once did Rush even mention Rick’s 2014 book, the book that became the blueprint for Donald Trump’s historic ride into political orbit and was the resource over half the field of candidates were parroting as they did their best impersonations of the blue collar firebrand from 2012. How truly odd it was, though, after Rick’s book release that Rush began to wax all blue collar talk on his show, like he was practically reading straight from the book. (And I have it on good authority that Rush did indeed receive a copy of Rick’s book as did all major talk and radio show hosts ahead of the book’s release in April 2014.)  I even thought maybe Rush, who was quite favorable to Rick in 2012, was actually just laying the groundwork for Rick in advance of his 2016 run. Boy, I sure was wrong about that one. That’s about all I was able to share with him about the intentional snub he got this time, but there is so much more. Oh, so much more.

 

 

As crazy busy as he was on the campaign trail there’s no way he had time to watch or listen to what was being said and who was being covered, or not, on all the major talk and news shows, and I don’t know what kind of feedback he got from his hardworking staff about it all or even if they were fully aware themselves. I’m not sure he knows just how comprehensive the blackout on him was by other usually respectable conservative media who afforded him the respect and time he well deserved on their shows during the 2012 election that allowed him to be seen and heard (or at the least, discussed) despite the cold shoulder he got from the national media. I’m not sure he knows how commonplace it’s been for the livestream of his speeches at major political venues to experience “technical problems” just prior to him taking the stage and miraculously restored when his speech was over, and how many times his speeches were not uploaded on youtube or c-span when those of all the other candidates speaking at the same event were.  I’m not sure he is aware how often his interviews on national radio shows were edited out of the podcasts or the podcast for that particular show was “unavailable”,  and how many times videos of him on youtube and c-span, even from several years ago, were disabled or taken down after they were shared and attracted attention. How often his speech, and his speech only, was left off the looping rebroadcast of a political event c-span covered that day. Clips I made myself from c-span were repeatedly taken down. How many times his supporters made youtube reels of his stellar debate performances and they were removed by networks claiming copyright violations. How most of his sensational 2012 debate reels and speeches on youtube were scrubbed. Funny, though, how the other candidates’ debate videos were allowed to remain on youtube.

 

 

 Look, I know it sounds crazy and conspiratorial, but it happened. I was there in the heat of the battle to get these videos up and working again or restored if at all possible and so were several others who watched it happen too. So, no, it’s not conspiratorial or just coincidental. Something was definitely going on here.

 

 

Seems to me some people went to great lengths to make sure Rick Santorum had as little exposure as possible this time. You don’t do that to a weak candidate, to someone who is irrelevant and whose time has passed, to someone voters don’t care about or don’t want to hear. You do that to the one who poses the biggest threat to the others being heavily promoted by media and organizations who want tough competition removed from the process by seeing to it he never hit the national stage to challenge any of the media pop poll created front runners.  I wanted to share this with him not to dampen his spirits but to show him just how doggone much someone (or several) feared voters would again flock to him when they actually heard him and remembered why they liked him so much the last time, the same way he caught fire in 2012.

So hold your head up, Rick Santorum. The elitist powers that be were terribly and desperately afraid of you and the strong challenge they would have had if voters actually got reacquainted with you.

 

One of my big motivations to be a social media warrior and watchdog for him these last 2 elections was my anger at how shabbily he was treated by the RNC and media in 2012 to put him away when he became a real and present threat to the inevitable coronation of Mitt Romney. Watching the injustice of it all  really put me in a stew, and when the manipulation of the primary process proved exponentially worse this time around, I threw in bigtime to do my best to expose and counter it.  Just four days after Rick Santorum announced his 2016 campaign, my dear mother passed away from stage 4 lymphoma barely 9 weeks after her doctor declared her cancer free. She was the heart and sunshine of our family, my very best friend too, and the shock and pain of losing her this way after the euphoric report she was going to be all right was unbearable.  Involvement in Rick’s campaign on the social media front was therapeutic in helping to numb some of my heartache by keeping my mind busy. It was my “Do something” Rick has so often challenged those of us who want to make a difference, and I plugged in all the way.

 

 So from my keen observations day in and day out monitoring the political goings on and whatnot, I can assert that Rick Santorum had the single biggest influence on this entire election process, was the single biggest threat to the Republican establishment, liberal media, and especially to newcomer Ted Cruz who was gunning for Rick’s support base immediately after winning his 2012 Texas Senate election. When I hear snarky pundits and political experts chide Rick Santorum for being “irrelevant” I’d like people to know just how irrelevant he is.

He’s so irrelevant the RNC had to wargame this election to stop him via drastic changes to the primary process and debate qualifications intended to thwart a repeat of his 2012 success.  He’s so irrelevant that Fox News and the liberal media waged a primetime blackout on him so most voters had no idea the powerhouse 2012 runner up was even in the race; Fox to protect and insulate the moderates they were pushing early on and the liberal media to put away the man who posed the biggest threat to Hillary Clinton.  He is so irrelevant that Ted Cruz needed unprecedented help from a cabal of influential conservative talk show hosts, bloggers, and national Christian leaders to marginalize him or outright ignore him so Cruz, with his 3 year build-up of mega funding and organization, could woo over Rick’s strong base of support from 2012 and claim his mantle of conservative warrior.  And he is so irrelevant that half the field of candidates in this race desperately tried to BE him and outright parroted his own unique blue collar-centric message of his campaign with Donald Trump the eventual victor capitalizing on it to historic success. Rick’s issues and policies survived his own campaign’s demise and not only survived but thrived in the unlikely candidacy and nomination of Donald Trump. That’s how irrelevant this man is. 

 

I didn’t get to share any of that with him, but I hope after this election is over, he would grant me the opportunity to interview him about all this for this blog, a blog his 2016 run inspired me to launch that finally allowed me an outlet to cut loose in my love of research and writing and put my English/journalism degree to good use. My main purpose was to focus on the GOP primaries, and I guess I struck quite a few nerves with my blog being hacked and taken down multiple times in the course of the year since I first launched. It’s a badge of honor. I want to get his insight on the struggles outspoken conservative Christian candidates like himself have within the GOP since the establishment elites are still firmly in control of the RNC.  Trump winning the nomination might have finally eradicated the party of these weasels had he tapped Rick for VP, but with Pence came establishment praise and financial support from those who toiled in 2012 and again this time to put Rick Santorum away. Where do we go from here, regardless of who wins this election? There is much to learn from what happened to him these last 2 elections, and I’m sick of media and elitist egghead pundits burying it under the absurd lie that he was weak or irrelevant. It’s just flat out intellectual dishonesty trying to make that argument, and it’s not an argument; it’s pure agenda. 

 

During a most enlightening conversation with Mo Elleithee at Georgetown University in March,  Rick Santorum was asked why, as the runner up to his party’s nomination, he was so roundly snubbed this time and he responded someone should write a book about that. I agree. There is much to learn why this radical departure from party tradition affording a strong runner up candidate respect and decent treatment for the next election. Why after years of recognizing the previous runner up we were told voters didn’t want a “retread” but already with 2020 chatter heating up, we are supposed to accept Ted Cruz as the next in line and several other “already-rans” building for another go at it whether Trump wins in November or not? It was only in 2016 we were told to take a hiatus and make this exception. Rick Santorum is the first and only runner up strong horse in my memory the media and party leaders have worked so hard to put away.  What if Wikileaks produces emails and voice messages proving the GOP primaries were wargamed to thwart his return in 2016?  Oh, I can only imagine.

 

 

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Ok, so back to Lillie’s. When our meal was over, he signed his books for me and graciously posed for those coveted photos we all were so eager to get and share on facebook and twitter. He also sampled my father’s famed peanut and cashew brittle he made especially for him and his family, and after some more casual conversation it was time to leave. And he picked up the tab for the whole table. I did not expect that. We invited him and he treated us. What a stand-up guy. Outside the restaurant we joined in prayer for him and his family, bid farewell, and off he walked back to the convention center to head home to his family waiting for him.

 

I don’t know what God has in store for Rick Santorum, whether Donald Trump has the good sense and integrity to appoint him to a position in his administration.  Will he ever admit how Rick’s book influenced his decision to run and was the basis for his campaign? Nah.  Trump has been credited with and hailed as the most brilliant, transformational political visionary since Reagan for painting the GOP blue collar, so I don’t expect we’ll ever see Rick acknowledged for the huge influence he actually was in this election. I honestly can’t imagine what kind of campaign Trump would have had (or whether he would have even run at all for that matter) had he not read Blue Collar Conservatives and taken careful note of Rick Santorum while media was blackballing him.

But hey, Donald Trump recognized the brilliance of Rick Santorum, and if, as president, he’s going to fight for and put in place what essentially are Rick’s policies, well that’s a good thing. So as a former Never Trumper here, I say to those still on the fence or refusing to vote for Trump, doing anything whatsoever that guarantees Hillary Clinton a one way trip to the White House is absolutely untenable. Sometimes you just have to get past the person and vote policy and agenda. This is one of those times because this is what we have to work with now;  and as the theme song played after Trump left the stage at Values Voter Summit, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” — yes, someone actually piped that out over the speaker system.  In his speech, Rick emphatically reminded us that the American people, in nominating Trump, have given us a chance to save our Republic. I can’t disagree with that at all. 

 

I don’t know whether Rick Santorum would ever run for office again (hey, it took America three times to recognize we needed Reagan), but this I do know. He’s not fading away or giving up or giving in. He is still a young man, even by political standards, whose passion and heart to do right by this country mirrors that of our Founding Fathers. No one on the political and cultural landscape so fully represents, articulates, and fights for my issues, values, and principles like Rick Santorum does. He is the ideal of true statesman and conservative culture warrior others should aspire to be. He’s not one of these new blood “BUT” politicians all the rage as of late, shockingly even within the conservative Christian voting community . You know, those “Personally I’m prolife, BUT….” and “Personally I’m for traditional marriage, BUT…” politicians whose libertarianish 10th-Amendment-above-all social views actually, state by state, threaten the religious liberty they so staunchly claim to defend. We need more Rick Santorums out there who get the big picture that our Constitution is inextricably tethered to the Declaration of Independence, and to sever the two makes us no better than France. He truly gets it. We need that in our leaders to get back to our Judeo-Christian foundation, those values and principles upon which our Republic was founded that have allowed us to grow and thrive as a free and prosperous nation despite our many differences.

 

 As long as he is out there as my voice, I will continue to have his back for him. And I am not alone. He has friends and supporters everywhere and a forever social media family of truly wonderful people who continue to follow his endeavors, fully supportive of him and his precious family; people who daily pray for them, and clearly don’t mind popping in on his twitter or facebook now and then to encourage and/or defend him. It’s the least we can do for someone who has put so much on the line both personally and professionally to stand for truth, THE truth, in an increasingly dark and hostile world. And to those who have toiled overtime trying to get rid of Rick Santorum, don’t count on it. 

 

God bless you, Rick Santorum, and thank you for giving up a few hours of your busy and precious time to give those of us at Lillie’s a forever memory.  It was indeed an honor to dine with The Most Influential Man of the entire 2016 election.

 

And if you missed Rick’s speech at Values Voter Summit just click on below. It’s well worth the watch.