WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former U.S. senator and doomed Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told CaffeinatedThoughts.com recently that he is willing to “die on that hill” in the battle against same-sex marriage.
“The battle we’re engaged in right now is same-sex marriage, ultimately that is the very foundation of our country, the family, what the family structure is going to look like,” the candidate told the website. “I’ll die on that hill.”
But he wasn’t done there. Building on his comments in the recent Republican debate on the primacy of family as the foundation of everything that is America, he stated in the interview that the eradication of same-sex marriage may be his first order of business but targeting contraception not far behind.
“One of the things that I will talk about that no president has talked about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the sexual liberty idea and many in the Christian faith have said, you know, contraception is okay,” he said, adding, “It’s not okay because it’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”
According to Santorum, birth control is not even supposed to be used outside the framework of a marriage. “They’re supposed to be within marriage,” he insisted. “They are supposed to be for purposes that are, yes, conjugal but also procreative, and that’s the perfect way a sexual union should happen. When we take any part of that out, we diminish the act. If we take one part out, it’s not for the purposes of procreation, it’s not one of the reasons; and then you diminish this very special bond between men and women. So, why can’t you take other parts of that out? And then all of the sudden it becomes deconstructed to the point where it’s simply pleasure, and that’s certainly a part of it, and it’s an important part, don’t get me wrong. But there [are] a lot of things we do for pleasure and this is special and it needs to be seen as special.”
Santorum is the poster child for religious totalitarianism and hangs his hat on extreme positions that would deny others the freedoms he swore to uphold when he became a United States Senator, and so it is far too late for him to take any sort of reasonable position regarding these issues, but it’s too bad because he really doesn’t seem to be having any fun at all as he traverses the country calling for a return to 16th century values.
Even worse for him, his inevitable failure to knock us back a few centuries will mean that, as long as he insists that it's a "do-or-die" situation, he is doomed to die on that hill. That's called a death wish.