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October 9, 2011

Politics: Unemployed Former Senator Rick Santorum Was Born Stupid Too

Politico is reporting that unemployed former Senator Rick “Sicko” Santorum had a dust up with Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum got into an uncomfortable argument Sunday with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, who said that critics who fought racial integration of the military used the same arguments as those fighting the service of openly gay military personnel.

Chris Wallace did his homework. He related to “Sicko” Santorum that racists who objected to the integration of African American members of the armed services used the same arguments that bigots today used when objecting to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell being repealed. Racists said full integration would negatively affect troop readiness, and  have an adverse affect on the cohesion of military personnel, among other spurious claims.

In 1948, President Harry Truman issued Executive Order 9981, which “declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin."

"It's very, very different," said Santorum, a Christian conservative seeking the Republican presidential nomination. "We're talking about people who are simply different because of the color of their skin, not because of their activities that would cause problems from people living in those close quarters."

When Wallace said that was the same argument made by those who fought racial integration, Santorum said: "The idea that somehow or another this is equivalent that being black and being gay is the same is simply not true. ... There are all sorts of studies out there that suggest just the contrary."

"There are people who are gay and lived a gay lifestyle and aren't anymore," Santorum added. "I don't think that's the case of anyone [who's] black."

I can only come to one conclusion. Rick “Sicko” Santorum was born stupid too. This obsession that politicians, religious leaders, and bigots have with our “lifestyle” choice is absurd.

Our choice is whether to live in the closet, or out of the closet. Period. This is yet another demonstration of how harmful reparative therapy, or pray away the gay, is to anyone questioning their sexuality. When an ignoramus like Santorum says on national television “there are all sorts of studies out there that suggest just the contrary,” he’s not just making an ass out of himself, he hurts kids and anyone questioning their sexuality. Those studies he cites don’t exist, and yet the parade of preening Republicans who love to refer to "make believe," in order to justify their prejudice is remarkable.

Pizzaman Herman Cain made similar remarks on The View last week. Log Cabin Republicans offered to bring the Pizzaman up to speed. They said:

“If Herman Cain truly wants to see the science proving that sexual orientation is not a choice, Log Cabin Republicans would be happy to show it to him,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper. “The claim that a person chooses to be gay or lesbian has been discredited by every major professional medical organization, starting with the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association. An individual’s orientation is no more a choice than the color of his skin or whether he is left-handed, and too many people have been hurt because of failed attempts to change the way they were born.”

The Log Cabin Republicans should add all the candidates to their little project.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, stupid is as stupid does. Mama said you can’t outgrow stupid. 

Congratulations Rick Santorum, you join Tony Perkins and Pastor Robert Jeffress in the “STUPID” Hall of Shame.

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