An Open Letter to Rick Santorum

Sir:

Over the course of your political career, you have often made remarks demonstrative of your complete ignorance on any number of topics, a deliberate avoidance of facts, and an appalling lack of intelligence. Indeed, on occasion I have found you to be almost entertaining in your utter ridiculousness, as you arrogantly hold yourself out to be someone to be taken seriously.

However, your recent comments about President Obama’s faith, and the motives behind his policies, go far beyond the usual mud-slinging your party has now become known for.

You recently stated that President Obama’s agenda is based on “some phoney theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.”

I am left to wonder when, and by whose authority, you appointed yourself the final arbiter in assessing anyone’s Christianity, anyone’s adherence to the tenets of their faith, or anyone’s personal relationship with God. But given your aforesaid arrogance, you undoubtedly feel you are in a position to decide whose theology is genuine – a stance that is laughable in view of your own phoney Christianity.

If all of President Obama’s policies are to be looked at in terms of Christian ideals, surely his goal of providing healthcare to American citizens should be viewed as following Christ’s admonition to care for the sick. But rather than laud the lofty goal of doing just that (or as much of it as your party would agree to), you attach ulterior motives to the President by suggesting that the health care overhaul encouraged abortions by requiring insurance plans to cover prenatal screenings.

“It saves money in health care. Why? Because free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions and therefore less care that has to be done because we cull the ranks of the disabled from our society. That, too, is part of ObamaCare. Another hidden message as to what Obama thinks of those who are less able than the elites who want to govern our country.”

As any doctor will tell you, the primary focus of prenatal testing is to ensure the health and well-being of the mother and her yet-to-be-born child. Obama did not, nor did anyone from his party or administration, suggest that prenatal testing be used as a means to “cull the ranks of the disabled”. That is your suggestion, sir – and the fact that you inserted such a concept into the healthcare dialogue is far more telling of your innermost thoughts than the President’s. If there is any “hidden message” to be found here, it is clearly your own.

As for your reference to “the elites who want to govern our country”, would those elites be people who, like yourself, deign to weigh and measure the faith of others and declare it insufficient for the sake of their own political advancement?

And while we’re on the topic of Christianity, perhaps you can explain why you – a self-proclaimed good Christian – lied about your place of residency so that your children qualified for taxpayer dollars to cover the expense of their education. Perhaps you can point to the Biblical reference that admonishes one to bring home a dead baby to be coddled and sung to by family members.  Perhaps you can find some Bible-based excuse for the hypocrisy of co-sponsoring a bill limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000, while your wife was suing her chiropractor for twice that amount.

You have said that President Obama’s environmental policies promote ideas of “radical environmentalists” who believe that “man is here to serve the Earth.  I think that is a phoney ideal. I don’t believe that is what we’re here to do. We’re not here to serve the Earth. The Earth is not the objective. Man is the objective.” Perhaps you can explain how man can survive without the Earth – which, according to the Bible, was created so as to sustain life for all humankind, and not as a garden to be transformed into a garbage heap for the sole purpose of corporations making profits at the expense of the very air we breathe.

As you read this – or as it is being read to you by someone on your staff who is familiar with multi-syllable words and intellectual concepts far beyond your ken – you are undoubtedly thinking that my opinion doesn’t matter, as I would never vote for you under any circumstances anyway.

That’s true.  I would never vote for you, or anyone like you.  But don’t delude yourself into thinking that my decision is a matter of our being members of different parties, or even the fact that I find your party’s positions to be abhorrent in the extreme.

The truth is that I believe the President of the United States should, first and foremost, know the difference between being motivated by the positive aspects of his faith while in office and foisting his personal religious beliefs on the nation as a whole – a nation that includes adherents of many faiths.

I believe that the President should, at all times, demonstrate that he is intelligent, apprised of the facts, considerate of opinions that may differ from his own, be able to compromise in order to serve the greater good, be concerned with the well-being of the many rather than the few, can interact with international leaders in an appropriate manner, can face challenges with real solutions rather than rhetoric and – above all else – understands the separation of Church and State.

The President should comport himself in a way that exemplifies not only the dignity of the office he holds, but the major teaching of all religions: To do unto others as one would have done unto oneself.

The President should never, under any circumstances – despite being ridiculed, lied about, deliberately mischaracterized and misinterpreted – lower himself to the level of those whose accusations are unfounded, those who hypocritically hold him to standards they themselves do not come close to meeting, those who will say anything to further their own often despicable political agenda.

These are, sir, qualities in which you are sorely lacking.

In closing, I would point out that while I have referenced your own blatant hypocrisy, your arrogance, your inability to recognize facts as opposed to spewing pseudo-Christian talking points, I have been respectful in the extreme. I have not called you an idiot, a Christian-of-political-convenience, a ridiculous clueless clown, a liar, an opportunist looking to use his alleged “faith” in order to garner votes, and a living mockery of the very ideals that Christ himself exemplified.

That’s because my mother raised me to be respectful – even of those whose behavior made them so obviously undeserving of even the smallest modicum of respect. It is unfortunate that your mother did not see fit to raise you in a like manner.

It is even more unfortunate that while you claim to have been educated in the ways of Christ and his teachings, you apparently didn’t learn a Goddamned thing.

Yours Very Truly,
Nance Greggs