TO: Rick 'Down-in-Flames, Bwahahaha!' Santorum

Ricky:

For some reason, I wound up on your mailing list – perhaps placed there by someone with a cruel sense of humor.   In any event, I feel compelled to comment on your latest email because – well, because you might just learn something.

“Thank you for your support, for your encouragement, and for your prayers for our family, especially Bella.”

You know, Rick, I participate on a lot of Democratic websites. Despite the fact that many of us despise you and your party, what I have seen over the past week is an incredible outpouring of prayers and positive thoughts for Bella.  That’s because I belong to a party that puts politics aside when it comes to a sick child; you belong to a party that doesn’t care about sick children at all, unless it’s one of your own.

I cannot help but wonder what kind of man, faced with the enormous financial burden of providing the best of care for a sickly child, has consistently failed to demonstrate an iota of empathy for fellow citizens who face that same burden – but without the financial resources your family has access to. That lack of empathy is only one of the many reasons I would never support you, or anyone like you.

For all of your alleged devotion to your Christian faith, you have not once raised your voice in support of a healthcare system that would allow parents of children like Bella to care for their child without facing bankruptcy as a result – or worse, having to watch their child suffer and die for lack of the necessary funds to keep her comfortable and safe.

And, as usual, your hypocrisy knows no bounds. You recently had the gall to dismiss your paltry annual charitable donations as being due to the cost to your family of caring for Bella – despite the fact that the tax years in question were well before she was ever born.

“Since I first ran for Congress in a Democrat-majority district in Pittsburgh, I have fought for struggling families. I have fought for the unborn.”

Yes, Rick, you and your party invariably tout your noble “fight for the unborn.” It is the already-born that you have no interest in. You believe that women should bring children into this world despite the circumstances – risk to the mother’s health, rape, incest, etc. And yet once that child comes into the world, you relinquish all responsibility and label parents who are forced to rely on social assistance as “welfare queens,” a drain on society, and undeserving usurpers of your precious tax dollars.

“We believe America is the land of opportunity, and decided to do what we can to protect the hope that our forefathers sacrificed to give us a future for our children. A future of freedom secured through our sacrifices today.”

What you really believe in, Rick, is that the “land of opportunity” belongs to the wealthy, that healthcare belongs to those who can afford it, that those who share your religion are somehow above those who practice a different faith, and that your alleged Christianity should be used to belittle anyone whose life’s choices you have deemed to be unacceptable.

“(My family) have sacrificed almost everything we have to ensure that this hope and dream is not lost with another four years under Barack Obama.”

Really, Rick? Almost everything? Somehow I don’t think we’ll be seeing any photos of you and your family living in a van down by the river, having sacrificed almost everything in your fight to keep the American Dream alive and well. As for that dream being lost under the Obama administration, let me tell you that for millions of Americans, long-held dreams are finally being realized: the dream of gays and lesbians finally free to serve their country in the military without fear of being discharged on the basis of who they love, the dream of affordable healthcare for those with pre-existing conditions who insurance companies were once free to leave by the wayside, the dream of finding a job after years of unemployment, the dream of our veterans being given a helping hand after their noble service, the dream of having a president who is respected internationally, rather than being an embarrassment to the nation every time he opens his mouth.

The dreams yet to be realized for millions of Americans are many. But those dreams are not only valued by Democrats; they are being nurtured by the efforts of those of us who refuse to allow corporate greed, prejudice, inequality among citizens, and political hypocrisy to flourish.

While you and yours decry the loss of the American Dream, you continue to do everything in your power to make that dream unattainable for the very people you pretend to represent. And rest assured the irony of any Republican promoting the idea of the American Dream is not lost on the millions of citizens who lived through the nightmare of the George W. Bush administration – the debt, the war dead, the use of torture, the utter decay – a nightmare unwaveringly supported by your party.

And in the end, it comes down to the money shot:

“I am planning to do everything in my power to bring a change about in the White House. But our campaign has debt, and I cannot be free to focus on helping defeat him with this burden. I am asking you to consider one more contribution…”

Well, Rick, here’s my solution to your debt problem: Put your own money where your lying mouth is. Sell everything you own, and pay what you owe. You chose to run, you chose to launch an expensive campaign, you chose to run up debts in order to keep that campaign going. So pay up, and stop asking others to pick up the tab for your arrogant assumption that you ever had a chance to go the distance in the first place.

And then there’s the ultimate hypocrisy you have come to be known for:

“God bless you, and please keep us in your prayers. And know that we keep you in ours.”

I have no doubt that you pray, Rick. I’m sure you get down on your knees every night and pray for yourself, your wife, your children.

And I’ll bet you prayed your ass off over the past few months, asking the Good Lord to send you to the White House. Apparently the Almighty declined – a true “God Bless America” moment, if ever there was one. But I sincerely doubt that your prayers ever include the homeless, the unemployed, the non-Christians, the battle-scarred vets, the uninsured sick, the woman exercising her right to choose, the family forced to live on welfare in order to survive – and, above all, the parents of children like Bella.

If you’ve ever wondered why your party is losing supporters, take a good look in the mirror. The man you’ll see staring back at you epitomizes the selfishness, arrogance, hypocrisy, cluelessness, and utter contempt for your fellow citizens that the Republican party now represents.

Yours Truly,
Nance Greggs

P.S.  And puleeze take me off your mailing list.  I’m tired of your BS cluttering up my Inbox.