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Old 03-16-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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If Santorum believes it "in his heart" - then it is true

This is a pretty amazing response to a simple question of a claim that is demonstrably false. This rationale basically means that Santorum can allege anything he wants as a supposed fact or reality . . . as long as he believes it in his heart, that's what matters.

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A few weeks ago, a video circulated online of Rick Santorum claiming that 1 in 20 deaths in the Netherlands are caused by involuntary euthanasia. According to Santorum, elderly Dutch wear bracelets that say "do not euthanize me" and "don't go to the hospital, they go to another country, because they're afraid because of budget purposes that they will not come out of that hospital if they go into it with sickness."

The remark was met with some bafflement in the Netherlands, and a Dutch television reporter recently cornered a Santorum spokesperson to ask about it. "It's a matter of what's in his heart. He's a strong pro-life person," press secretary Alice Stewart replies.

After all, like the origin of the universe or the existence of a supreme being, Dutch medical statistics are ultimately unknowable -- just another of the unresolvable mysteries that have confronted us since the dawn of mankind. Who are we? Why are we here? What are the laws in the Netherlands concerning doctor-assisted suicide? We all have our own beliefs.
In his heart, Rick Santorum knows that Dutch people are forcibly euthanized | FP Passport

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Thats ridiculous.
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even MORE ridiculous.
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It's hard to beleive that spokespeople actually do stuff like that. I mean if he had asked her what her name was, her reponse would have been "Ricks a strong supporter of prolife....."

I don't know how those people look themselves in the mirror.
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This, in a nutshell, is the problem with Santorum. He doesn't have a filter, or the common sense to qualify his remarks with a disclaimer. He just states anecdotal references and opinions as if they were fact-checked talking points. In a way, it is refreshing to see a politician just speaking off the cuff, but it also shows a recklessness that, regardless of whether or not you agree with his position, is unbecoming a presidential candidate.
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This, in a nutshell, is the problem with Santorum. He doesn't have a filter, or the common sense to qualify his remarks with a disclaimer. He just states anecdotal references and opinions as if they were fact-checked talking points. In a way, it is refreshing to see a politician just speaking off the cuff, but it also shows a recklessness that, regardless of whether or not you agree with his position, is unbecoming a presidential candidate.
That's one way of looking at it. Another is that it is deliberate misinformation intended to seize on a particular emotion of an uninformed voter. You can hear the person filming sigh and gasp as he talks about this supposed euthanasia. In this instance, the emotion is fear.

This is exactly what makes me so uneasy about him. Spin on a particular issue is one thing and all politicians do it. Presenting false information as an objective fact with the intent of causing fear in the electorate is fundamentally undemocratic.
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It's hard to beleive that spokespeople actually do stuff like that. I mean if he had asked her what her name was, her reponse would have been "Ricks a strong supporter of prolife....."

I don't know how those people look themselves in the mirror.
Don't be too hard on her, that's her job.

Had she said, "You know, Rick is an idiot for saying that", she would be fired.
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This, in a nutshell, is the problem with Santorum. He doesn't have a filter, or the common sense to qualify his remarks with a disclaimer. He just states anecdotal references and opinions as if they were fact-checked talking points. In a way, it is refreshing to see a politician just speaking off the cuff, but it also shows a recklessness that, regardless of whether or not you agree with his position, is unbecoming a presidential candidate.
What's bad about him again?

Santorum is a lunatic. This is going to be the best candidacy EVAR. He's like the Falcons - they're disgusting and despicable, but you just can't wait until they come to town.

He believes in his heart that the Dutch are euthanizing by the truckload. Fantastic. I mean that.

And that article in the OP is a riot. I look forward to many, many more in the coming months.
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"I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money." —Rick Santorum, campaigning for president in Iowa (January 2012)
The best part about that quote is that the question was simply about welfare reform. It had nothing to do with race - and he starts talking about black people getting jobs.
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Santorum is freakin crazy and yet people by the truckload support him. What does that say about people? The effort to have his religious views imposed on every citizen is most freightening. Additionally, he wants to talk about freedom and getting the government out of our lives, but he wants his ideas legislated in; such as reproductive control. Freakin zealot, he is no better than taliban but with a sweater.
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