Satan Vs. Santorum

I’ve never been the biggest Rick Santorum fan. He’s a little too comfortable with big government and although he can come across like a philosopher/religious historian when he’s on top of his game, he’s not exactly teeming with charisma and he often comes across as preachy. Politicians can talk about social issues and honestly, voters like that more than most political junkies realize. Most voters assume that politicians are lying sacks of crap with the morals of professional con men, which is why someone who comes across as genuine about his religious beliefs, which Santorum certainly is, can have some appeal. Jimmy Carter, for example, was a pretty awful President, but people liked him personally and wanted to vote for him because they believed he was a good man. Rick Santorum is a genuinely good and decent man which is something you can say about very few politicians.

However, he still comes across as a little too “on the nose” about social issues. Voters want a good man as President, but they don’t want to be looked down at, preached at, and they don’t want anyone wagging his finger at them. Unfortunately for Santorum, he can sometimes come across that way. That’s not all negative. Santorum also comes across as genuine — and there’s a lot to be said for that when he’s up against phonies like Barack Obama and Mitt Romney who can’t help but come across as self-interested fakes.

However, Santorum’s enemies will use things like this against him if they can.

“Satan has his sights on the United States of America!” Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has declared.

“Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.”

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The former senator from Pennsylvania warned in 2008 how politics and government are falling to Satan.

“This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country – the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age?”

“He attacks all of us and he attacks all of our institutions.”

Santorum made the provocative comments to students at Ave Maria University in Florida.

If you’re a Christian, there’s nothing troubling or out of the ordinary here. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if you heard something similar in church last week. Let me add that, yes, there is a Satan and I have no doubt that he’s working against our country. I would add, “through liberalism and the Democratic Party,” but Santorum is probably a bit more charitable than I am.

In a Christian nation, with an 80% Christian population, I don’t find Santorum’s statement to be a significant political negative. I’d also add that although I’ve endorsed Newt Gingrich, there’s no question in my mind that Rick Santorum is more conservative than Mitt Romney, more fiscally conservative than Mitt Romney, more electable than Mitt Romney, and is definitely capable of beating Obama. So, if you’re in a state where the choice is Santorum or Mitt for first place, I’d strongly encourage you to vote for Santorum. Don’t get me wrong, I do see Santorum’s flaws, but if your choice is Santorum or Mitt, there’s absolutely no question who the better and more deserving candidate would be.

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