NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s Rick Santorum’s way, or the highway | VIDEO

"To the Founders, these God-given truths -- that 'all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights' -- are no more open to discuss or debate than the laws of gravity. They are simply there, part of the created order. And because they are divinely sanctioned, it followed that even if a wicked and depraved majority tried to subvert them in the name of 'democracy,' the moral minority would be obliged to resist the majority's wishes in the name of moral truth." - Rick Santorum at "The Necessity of Truth," Heritage Lecture No. 643, Aug. 6, 1999, given at The Heritage Foundation's Conference on Religion and Political Leadership.



Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum has a vision for America, and either you fit into his world or he wants to force you to live in his.

Sounds like the making of a fascist dictator, eh?

Santorum is about as anti-woman and anti-gay as any human can get, and his message against women’s health issues and LGBT equality is resonating with Republican primary voters who are increasingly embracing hate and homophobia as family values. The good news is that these views are increasingly marginal in America, which is why it is unfathomable that someone as regressive in his thinking as Santorum can be a leading candidate in any political party in the 21st century.

A devoted slave to strict Vatican doctrine, and unable to separate his faith from his politics, Santorum advocates the most extreme positions against contraception, abortion, women’s rights, LGBT equality, etc.

This is the same candidate who once famously equated homosexuality with "man on dog" and bigamy and polygamy. In Santorum's world, sex is only for procreation and thus only for heterosexuals. His roster of sins is longer than a child's wish list to Santa Claus.

During a chilling interview with David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday morning, Santorum insisted that his goals as President of the United States would include overturning Roe v. Wade and fighting “judicial tyranny.” Translated, “judicial tyranny” means any legal ruling not approved by the Pope. Too bad the former Senator from Pennsylvania, who couldn’t even get re-elected in his home state, is way out of step with a large majority of America’s Catholics, who disagree not only with Santorum but the Vatican on most social issues.

When asked about marriage equality and the fact that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that California’s Proposition 8 was unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment, Santorum went on a torrid attack against America’s judiciary. He lamented that California voters didn’t get their way with the state constitutional amendment that takes away the rights of a minority group. Santorum clearly believes that the Bill of Rights is wrong on this issue, too, disagreeing that all men are created equal.

Santorum said that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Ninth Circuit opinion, which would restore marriage equality in California, he would seek to nullify that:

“I would do the same thing I would with Roe v. Wade, which I would seek to try and overturn it. I think judicial tyranny is a serious issue in this race and this country. And we need judges who respect the people’s voice. Let the people decide with respect to what the Constitution says, if in fact they would go through a constitutional amendment process, which is what they did. The judges should respect that.”

What Santorum needs is a civics lesson. The President cannot meddle with the judicial branch of government, nor the legislative branch. The Founding Fathers made sure of that, establishing a very important principle that Santorum clearly doesn’t respect.

Where the President can influence the courts is via recommendations for appointments to the bench. Therefore, the next President will wield enormous clout, especially with the U.S. Supreme Court, because several of the Associate Justices are hinting at retirement.

Currently, the nation’s highest court is leaning conservative under Chief Justice John Roberts, often voting 5-4 on major decisions.

So let’s make this very clear. The next President will most likely get to shape the ideology of the U.S. Supreme Court, which will make rulings that will affect America for many, many years. A Republican president such as Santorum would push the high court to the Far Right, while a Democratic president would move the high court to the progressive side. Do you want to live in Rick Santorum’s world where 13th-century thinking tramples on the rights of so many Americans? Or do you want to reject Rick Santorum’s world and live in the 21st century, where people embrace equality for everyone and reject hate and homophobia? This critical decision is yours. Make sure you are registered to vote, and exercise that right on Nov. 6.

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