Thursday, January 12, 2012

Maggie Gallagher rallies support for Rick Santorum

So, now that I've stepped down as NOM's Chairman of the Board, why am I personally supporting Rick Santorum?
I explained in my nationally syndicated column here:
On Tuesday night in Iowa, he stood before the cheering throngs like a Republican Rocky, or better yet, a latter-day Rudy suddenly lifted above his Notre Dame teammates in a fantastic storybook finish.
Rick Santorum was a contender.
Santorum stood before the cameras, the living embodiment of a certain Northeastern Catholic sensibility: tough, hardworking, less than slick, often underestimated, the kind of guy who has to work hard to get respect because life is tough, not fair—the kind of man who gets knocked down but who will always get up again.
As he recalled his immigrant coal-miner grandfather's funeral, Santorum's words sang: "I knelt next to his coffin, and all I could do was look at his hands. They were enormous hands. And all I could think was: 'Those hands dug freedom for me.'"
"What wins in America," Rick Santorum said, "are bold ideas, sharp contrasts, and a plan that includes everyone."
What moved me most are the words Rick Santorum used to "connect the dots"—to explain why support for marriage, for life, and for an economy that provides the dignity of jobs to average Americans are not three separate things. They are bound together by principles—by American principles:
"Whether it's the sanctity of life in the womb, or the dignity of every working person in America to fulfill their potential, you will have a friend in Rick Santorum," he said.
Unlike some values voters, I am not anti-anybody, certainly not Mitt Romney. Romney is in my view a fundamentally decent, extremely capable man, who fought hard for marriage in Massachusetts. If he is the GOP nominee, I can vote for him with a clean conscience.
But, when the guy who has taken more hits than any other for standing up for life and marriage fights his way with nobody's help from nowhere to, well, becoming a major contender for the GOP nomination, I have to cheer. I have to show I stand with him in some special way. Will you help me? Click here now to act.

The left, which thought it had buried Santorum years ago, is going after him with a hatred unmatched. They hate him with that special ire reserved for a man's virtues, not his vices.

They will go after him not just to defeat Rick Santorum, but to smear his good name, to associate it with their own muck, to take a decent and honorable man and try literally to make his name mean mud.
(Any mother who has tried to google "Santorum" and gotten the gross and obscene definition gay activists have tried to make of his honorable family name—a name which literally means 'holiest of holies'—will know exactly what I am talking about).

They will not succeed.

The American people, I promise you, are not going to reject a man they would otherwise support because he believes in traditional Christian views of sex and marriage. Especially when he believes—not just with his words, and not just with his vote, but with every action of his soul and his life—that a man's job is to support his children, born and unborn, to commit a loving and faithful marriage to one woman, and to devote himself to being a good dad.

That's Rick Santorum.

The media and some GOP elites are trying to dismiss Rick Santorum as a mere "culture warrior" with no chance to win. Will you stand with me today against all those powerful elites who say life, marriage, and religious liberty are not "core" issues to voters?

Will you stand up and say: "Yes life, marriage, and religious liberty matter to me. Thank you Rick Santorum for fighting the good fight your whole political career?"
Here are the unconventional things I'm asking you to do: Regardless of which of these good men you ultimately plan to support, can I ask you today to sign this petition, thanking Rick Santorum for standing up so bravely for life, marriage, and religious liberty?
Can I count you as a "values voter" committed to demonstrating to the media and to Republican elites that social issues matter?
I know it will mean a lot to Rick Santorum and to the social conservative movement. And ultimately to the American Republic.
Win or lose we have a chance to demonstrate that consistent, principled support for marriage, for life, and for religious liberty, matter.
Elections come and go. God's enduring truths remain.
By signing this petition you will be saying "yes"

Yes, I want to thank Rick Santorum for his fearless defense of life, marriage and religious liberty.
Yes, I want to fight back against the hard left which attempt to smear not only Santorum but so many decent and good people who stand up for marriage.
Yes, I want to stand tall and tell the Wall Street Journal and all the Washington GOP elites: We values voters are here, we are not going away, and we matter.
Yes, I want the mainstream media to know: Some truths really are fundamental to the American Republic. Among these are life, marriage and religious liberty!
Thank you again for being a consistent, principled voice for fundamental truth.
I'm so proud to fight the good fight in the company of people like you.
Together, we can—and will—make a difference.

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1 comment:

Heather said...

Beautifully stated!