Rick Santorum wants you! …. to give up your rights

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Cathryn Frear, Staff writer

Rick Santorum wants to control your life.  And not just those of you who aren’t straight—all of you.

Many of you probably remember Santorum as the former senator born in Virginia who came to Pennsylvania to make us all look like hillbillies and bigots.  For twelve years.  Now that Pennsylvania doesn’t want him, logic is telling him the entire nation will.

Who knows Santorum’s stance on gay anything?  He’s against it.  But guess what else he’s against? He’s against anyone using contraception.  Including married couples.  He has openly spoken out against the Griswold v. Connecticut U.S. Supreme Court case which overturned a law banning contraceptives in Connecticut.

According to USNews.com, he has stood firmly against contraception on many occasions stating things like, “It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

Basically, he wants to control your sex life.  You may wonder why he thinks it’s his business at all.  The answer is: because he doesn’t believe in a right to privacy.  This brings us back to Griswold v. Connecticut.  At the time of this case, there was no precedent set guaranteeing privacy.  This case set the precedent as use of contraceptives was ruled an issue of marital privacy.  The United States Constitution doesn’t specifically address it.  But, much like the Bible Santorum often cites, some parts of the Constitution are up for interpretation.

In a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court declared, in accordance with the interpretation of the Ninth Amendment, the people of the United States have an inalienable right to privacy.

He is so steadfastly stuck to this opinion of privacy he literally thinks the American people cannot lead their own lives.  He has made this quite clear through his such declarations as, “They [republicans] have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do…Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone.”

I’m sorry, what was that last part?  “…conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone.”  Yes, that’s what I thought you said.  Does that even need to be elaborated on, or do we all see the problem here?

His views on gays is they shouldn’t have the same rights as everyone else, because the rights they aren’t guaranteed by federal law—marriage, adoption, etc.—he doesn’t consider “rights” at all.  He considers them privileges.  Mind you, none of the candidates are pro-gay,  except for Fred Karger, who is not only openly Jewish, but also openly gay.  But everyone has forgotten about him altogether.  He is the Snuffaluffagus of the GOP.

Regardless of Santorum’s anti-homosexual stance, what’s more important is understanding he is also against anyone making their own decisions without government involvement.  If you are pro-autonomy and pro-liberty, you will not vote for Rick Santorum.