Remembering Rick Santorum, Arlen Specter, Pat Toomey

Jul 30, 2011 by

Donna Garner

Here is what really happened in the 2004 Pennsylvania U. S. Senate race between Arlen Specter and Pat Toomey.

Donna Garner Education Policy Commentator EducationViews.org

 

Toomey had been a proven conservative member of the U. S. House (1999-2005) and had a 100% pro-life record as well as being considered an expert on fiscal responsibility. (He later became the president of Club for Growth — 2005-09.)

Arlen Specter was a RINO of the worst order and was pro-choice, pro-gay, pro-amnesty, pro-gun-control, and pro-affirmative action. Specter voted against the confirmation of Judge Bork (1987), one of the greatest legal scholars in America and a judge who believed in relying upon the original intent of those who wrote the U. S. Constitution.

Specter also voted against the impeachment of President Clinton (1999) even though clear evidence was presented that showed Clinton had perjured himself and had obstructed justice. The House voted to impeach Clinton, but the Senate Democrats joined by such RINO’s as Specter voted against impeachment.

The other U. S. Senator from Pennsylvania between 1994 – 2006 was Rick Santorum. In 2004, even though conservatives from Pennsylvania and from all across the country begged Senator Rick Santorum to support Pat Toomey for Specter’s U. S. Senate seat, Santorum decided to support Specter for re-election to the Senate, following the lead of President G. W. Bush and Karl Rove. Toomey lost by a mere 1.7% margin.

If Santorum, Bush, and Rove had supported Toomey, he would undoubtedly have been elected Senator; and Specter would never have become the chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Several days after Specter won his re-election to the Senate, basking in his upcoming appointment as chair of the Judiciary Committee, he announced that he would use a litmus test to block any pro-life federal judges; and he did just that.

What this whole incident involving Santorum taught me is that when it came time to support conservative principles during a very high-profile, “crunch-time” or else to go along with the Republican political machine, Santorum chose the latter. I cannot seem to wipe this out of my memory about Rick Santorum.

I want to support a conservative candidate for President who will have the courage to stand no matter what the polls say, no matter how the “wind blows,” no matter what the Republican political machine may say, no matter how difficult and impossible the task ahead may look.

I need to see actions instead of rhetoric. My candidate for President must have a record of success showing that he or she will not back down on those important conservative principles that must not be compromised away. Yes, there is a time to compromise but not when compromise will destroy the basic tenets upon which our nation is founded.

A dear friend once said, “I have never yet seen a RINO who will stand up to the Democrats.”

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