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BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 24, 2012 6:30 AM

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Santorum scares me

A video surfaced on Tuesday in which GOP presidential-nomination candidate Rick Santorum said in a 2008 speech that Satan has been "attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition."

The last thing I want to do is start a theological debate about the existence or nonexistence of God(s), an Anti-Christ, etc. But who in their right mind believes Satan has been deliberately attacking America?

One of the main things students are taught throughout grade school and more intensively in a high-school government class is that the First Amendment ensures that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …" — effectively separating church and state.

Apparently Santorum pays no regard to the language of our founding documents. It seems to me that Santorum's mind is completely fogged with the idea that federal government should promote Christian values. It is not the government's job to do that — it's explicitly stated that it can't. But for fun's sake, picture the following: a president who contends homosexuality will lead to the legalization of "man-on-dog sex"; a president who wants to control what goes on between two consenting adults; a president who believes contraception is "not OK;" a president who believes the idea that "Palestinians" do not exist; a president who views women as the inferior sex, and so on.

Now am I saying the other three current GOP candidates are any better? No. Am I saying President Obama is the best thing since sliced bread? Absolutely not. All I know is the very idea of a "President Santorum" scares me more than an Obama victory in November scares the Republican Party.

Brett Wallace
UI student

Both parties not incompetent but criminal

Modern-day patriots are often misunderstood as merely GOP tools, because these "Tea Partiers" found most agreement with the lip service Republicans give Constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, personal liberty, and free markets, and most are incensed by Democrats' usual hostility to those.

However, when Democrats do right by the people, and Republicans do wrong, we must be equally vocal.

Recent Iowa Statehouse activity demands such denunciation.

Even some Tea Partiers we last elected are guilty of the crony capitalism we so loathe.

On nearly party-line votes, Republicans approved utilities charging customers for new power-plant construction (even unapproved nuclear designs), even before beginning, with no guarantees they'll ever be built, rate payers will ever benefit or that we can recoup our money in that event.

This epitomizes the unholy alliance that big government and big business often form to fleece the people.

Only Senate Democrats stand between us and a scalping like Floridians already experienced.

Likewise, Dems are more right, and GOP more wrong, on property-tax reform, though both are still far from the positive wealth-creating tax reform we really need.

It seems they only agree on shearing Iowa drivers with another fuel-tax increase, so farmers and corporations remain shielded from paying the actual damages they cause to our roads.

Whether using the state's coercive power to steal through unequal taxation or force unsecured investment in a publicly granted monopoly, most government officials — of both parties — are not merely ignorant of our rights, they are liars and thieves — not just incompetent but criminal in their machinations.

Larry M. Aden
Jolley, Iowa


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