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February 13, 2012

Would-Be President Rick Santorum: It's Critically Important We "Talk About" The Great Moral Hazards of Contraception and Non-Procreative Sex

Perfect.

One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea … Many in the Christian faith have said, “Well, that’s okay … contraception’s okay.”

It’s not okay because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. They’re supposed to be within marriage, for purposes that are, yes, conjugal … but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen. We take any part of that out, we diminish the act. And if you can take one part out that’s not for purposes of procreation, that’s not one of the reasons, then you diminish this very special bond between men and women, so why can’t you take other parts of that out? And all of a 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 of it, don’t get me wrong—but there’s a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special.

Glad we've gotten all the Big Things squared away so we can now focus laser-like on the sin and moral emptiness of people having sex while avoiding pregnancy.

And if you say "gee he's just talking about this stuff:" Um, if a plumber starts talking about the bad rap iron pipes have gotten over the years, and how they're really pretty safe, I assume he's open to the idea of using iron pipes in my house.

He is a plumber, speaking about what he considers to be his area of expertise.

So when a presidential candidate starts talking about the importance of the president taking the lead on the evils of birth control, yes, I assume he believes this to be within the proper functions of the executive.

And I do not think he wants to limit it to "just talking." You know how people typically introduce ideas that are currently unpopular and outside the Overton Window? They first suggest "talking about" them. As we saw with Entitlement Reform.

Plus, he himself says these are important "public policy issues."

Not personal morality issues. Public policy issues. In other words, the public, voting, or expressing its will through its chosen legislators, gets a say on these "issues."

Again, I know most presidents don’t talk about those things, and maybe people don’t want us to talk about those things, but I think it’s important that you are who you are. I’m not running for preacher. I’m not running for pastor, but these are important public policy issues.

No, they're not. They are not public issues -- my neighbor should not have a vote on my contraception choices -- and they are not policy questions, either. I do not want the government establishing a "policy" on birth control, either way.

No thank you.

I realize that you think you've gotten it All Figured Out and want to just help me See the Way, but I don't like it when lefties show such perfect arrogance, and I'm not loving those on the right who have no modesty about the agenda they would inflict on the public by coercive law, either.

Couple of Videos: The video the Daily Kos links is down due to a copyright claim, but here are some other ones, making similar (if not identical) points.

In the second one he talks up the harm of birth control, though in a much more "this is my opinion" way than in the quote above.


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