American Pathetic

Groveling-for-votes cowardice is what Rick Santorum displays in the following clip:

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And calling into Rush Limbaugh’s radio program today, a hysterical Rick Santorum supporter had this exchange with him:

I feel like he [Rick Santorum] is the true conservative.  I am from Pennsylvania, and they are rooting for him up there because they know that he truly lives and breathes conservatism through his whole life.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  I’m so disappointed at these South Carolinians for being snowed by the media, and I fear for my one-year-old and two-and-a-half-year-old, and I feel like — and maybe it’s a conspiracy theory — but if Obama wins in November, that this country will fall into communism.  Maybe it’s being too fearful, but I can expect anything.

RUSH: You ought to get my buddy Mark Levin’s book, Ameritopia.

CALLER: Oh.

RUSH: His point is we already have.

CALLER: Absolutely.

The leaders of the modern conservative movement—Limbaugh, Santorum, Gingrich—don’t correct this kind of stupidity, but passively ride atop it as a means to greater power—or even feed it (as Limbaugh does above).

But this is the soulless path of the demagogue. And it’s what the declining and decadent phase of what was once a romantic movement now sounds like. This is not Barry Goldwater’s movement; it’s George Wallace’s. It has no sense of proportion; no real interest in reason or truth.

If Santorum or Gingrich achieve the Republican nomination, may they be repudiated by the broader electorate at the polls in November. It will take a couple of election cycle losses before the Republican Party starts easing its way toward sanity (and even basic decency) again.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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