Thursday, August 04, 2005

Santorum: It does take a village

Holy crap. Does this guy have any idea what he's even saying anymore?
SANTORUM: They say it takes a village, but really what they're ideology is based around is really the individual. And we understand that the basic unit of society is the family and that the individual needs to be nurtured, supported and molded and shaped through this family structure, through the real village which is the church, the community organizations, the non-profits, the civic associations who are there on the local level. The neighbors. To form and to shape this individual into a person of character...

This whole idea of personal autonomy, while I don't think most conservatives hold that point of view some do, and they have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do. Government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulation [unintelligible] and we shouldn't get involved in the bedroom, we shoudn't get involved in cultural issues, you know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that's not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can't go it alone...
I once interviewed "Topeka's shame," Fred Phelps, for a radio station for which I worked. My boss pulled me aside and said that the one thing I should be sure to do is let Phelps answer the question and then, when he had finished, wait. I did. Phelps, who was once a lawyer, knew how to craft an answer that made him seem not entirely crazy. Then, though, when he realized I wasn't going to jump right in, he couldn't keep himself from talking and the foam would begin to pour from his mouth. This book tour has finally put Santorum in the situation where he's got to fill a lot of airtime and he's beginning to go off the rails.

Please, for the love of God, go give some love (and money) to Bob Casey.

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