Sayonara Santorum

Genevieve Huard

Co-editor

The end of Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign brings me great joy. Although, at this point, Santorum didn’t significantly alter who the Republican candidate for president would be, I would still like to say: why did he get this far?

The blame is to place on his supporters because they actually thought that this country would let their archaic and discriminatory political agendas into the Oval Office.

Santorum’s crackpot political ideas and social agendas got him the kind of voters he wanted, and didn’t get him the voters that he needed. Because, big surprise, no voters want to support a person who condemns them or people they care about to eternal suffering.

I think that Santorum’s supporters were baited by the promises that Santorum knows will appeal to the conservative demographic. Lower taxes and “traditional family values” tend to wring in some votes; the only votes that could possibly ever get Santorum the presidency.

Yet, Santorum’s Puyallup supporters yanked their kids with them onto the side of Meridian Ave. in the rain to rally. I hope that I’m not the only one seeing this huge contradiction.

What place do children have in politics? The unhappy 6-year-old boy that I saw standing in the rain with his mom on my way to the mall didn’t give me a great reason to vote for Santorum. In fact, I found it infuriating.

I know that bringing your kid out into the rain with you isn’t exactly child abuse, and people have been brainwashing their children forever, but it’s sad that they think that they’re right (pardon the pun) about everything. Instilling one set of morals on the whole nation wasn’t going to work for me, or this country.

Santorum’s “family values” excluded rights for homosexual couples and protection of their children, as well as the rights of women’s health and family planning. I’m sorry, Santorum and followers, but your cookie cutter “family values,” theft of human rights, pure discrimination and homophobia have not been forgotten.

Adios Santorum.

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Sayonara Santorum

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