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Santorum: Because Of Same-Sex Marriage ‘People Aren’t Getting Married’ (Video)

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Watch as Rick Santorum says that, thanks to same-sex marriage changing marriage to no longer have anything to do with children, “people aren’t getting married.” 

Rick Santorum has joined the likes of other Republican GOP presidential candidates voicing extremism that can only be described as incoherent, illogical, and just plain false – candidates like Mike Huckabee. On CNN Sunday, Huckabee denounced love as too “sentimental and emotional.”

Also on Sunday, Sen. Santorum spoke with CBS News’ “Face The Nation” (video below) to explain his comments earlier this week that the Supreme Court’s ruling supporting same-sex marriage “disrupts the foundation of the world.”

Claiming that “there’s a real question here about the role of the courts in our society, Justice Scalia I think said it best,” Santorum explained. “He says when the — when we subordinate the rights of the people to nine unelected judges, we can no longer be called a democracy.”

That’s a great soundbite but the reality of the situation is that the people elected our presidents and our Senators and they in turn, as happens in a constitutional republic – the United States, Sen. Santorum, is not a democracy – nominate and vote on Supreme Court justice nominees. So, there’s that.

But secondly, in the two years since the Supreme Court ruled on DOMA, in 65 court cases judges ruled in favor of marriage equality, as did the Supreme Court on June 26 when it found that same-sex couples actually do have a constitutional right to marriage. So, this was not a case of “nine unelected judges,” or even five unelected judges, this was a case where 65 court cases were decided on the side of marriage equality.

But I digress.

Santorum continues his diatribe, claiming, “there’s an assault on religious liberty here. The [Supreme] Court basically said, no, churches, you’re allowed to teach what you want but it really didn’t say you’re allowed to practice what you want. I mean, this is, again, a huge infringement on the foundational right that we have which is the First Amendment.”

That’s suggesting a lie, plain and simple. How are churches being prohibited from practicing their religion now that same-sex couples have the legal right to marry in all 50 states?

Santorum goes on to say that the same-sex marriage ruling “put the nail in the coffin that we now disconnect the nuclear family from the idea that it’s there for the purpose of having and raising children.”

Baloney.

“Marriage no longer about kids. It’s simply about adults. And I think that — now that United States is a — it’s still the moral leader of the world, that we’ve now disconnected marriage from children, I think that has profound consequences for not just for America but for the world.”

Isn’t it ironic that many if not the vast majority of same-sex couples who sued for the right to marry, those 65+ cases that were decided in their favor, often sued for the right to marry so they could have the protection of marriage for their children?

And that’s when the former Pennsylvania Senator totally lost it.

“If you have laws that say, you know, marriage isn’t about children, now for the first time in the history of our country a majority of children born out of wedlock, which is about 40-45 percent of children in America today, are born in homes that the father is still living. That’s — they’re seeing a huge increase in this,” Santorum said, totally leaving out the part where same-sex couples are not the ones who are creating families and then divorcing, leaving the children in non-two-parent homes.

“Why? Because we have now said marriage isn’t — I mean, children — having children has nothing to do with marriage so people aren’t getting married. That’s not a good situation to maximize the potential for each and every one of our children.”

Let’s play that back: “Because we have now said… having children has nothing to do with marriage so people aren’t getting married.”

Seriously?

People who want to marry are going to marry. People who want to have children are going to have children. The vast majority of the people who want to have children are marrying. If they cannot maintain their marriages, Sen. Santorum, you’re focusing on the wrong issue. Same-sex marriage isn’t the problem – same-sex couples are bringing a new respect to marriage and modeling that pretty damn well for their children.

“And,” Santorum concluded, “that’s really what I’m talking about here, is setting up policies that orient ourselves toward the best end, which is a healthy, stable family for children.”

Great. Let’s include those same-sex couples who are raising currently an estimated one or more million children today. 

Or do those families not count, Senator?

By the way, does Senator Santorum support extended paid family leave for new parents?

No.

Santorum is full of bunk when he claims he wants to set up “policies that orient ourselves toward the best end, which is a healthy, stable family for children.”

Out of 185 countries,” as Think Progress reports, “the United States is one of just three that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave, the others being Oman and Papua New Guinea.”

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COMMENTARY

‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection

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Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian

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Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”

Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.

“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”

He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.

“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

And many others:

 

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