Of all the GOP candidates for president that have come and gone this past year, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is one of the most sincere. Despite the party’s insistence on small government, however, he only believes in small government to the extent that it should be small enough to fit in other people’s bedrooms.
In an infamous 2004 interview where he compared gay marriage to “man on dog,” Santorum indicated that he would criminalize forms of sexual conduct he didn’t like:
“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything,” he said.
“You say, well, it’s my individual freedom. Yes, but it destroys the basic unit of our society, because it destroys the basic unit of our society because it condones behavior that’s antithetical to strong healthy families.”
So Mr. Santorum believes that the types of sexuality he and his church don’t approve of should be regulated by the government. One has to take pause to wonder if that would include incarcerating his opponent, Former Speak of the House Newt Gingrich, for numerous counts of adultery and divorce.
“The idea is that the state doesn’t have rights to limit individuals’ wants and passions. I disagree with that,” Santorum said. “I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire.”
In other words, we can assume that he would indeed incarcerate offenders like Gingrich.
This makes Santorum the greatest proponent of “big government” of all. Anyone who has read George Orwell’s 1984 will recognize the theme of government enforced sexual repression. Of the totalitarian world of 1984, controlled by an entity called “The Party,” Orwell wrote:
“The aim of the Party was not merely to prevent men and women from forming loyalities which it might not be able to control. Its real, undeclared purpose was to remove all pleasure form the sexual act. Not love so much as eroticism was the enemy, inside marriage as well as outside.”
“The only recognized purpose of marriage was to beget children for the service of the Party,” Orwell continued. “The party was trying to kill the sex instinct, or, if it could not be killed, then distort it and dirty it.”
Who better to “distort and dirty” the sex instinct than Santorum? GOP voters, if your goal is a big-government moral crusader, look no further.