Say what you mean and mean what you say. Well, maybe that’s not always a good thing — at least when the person saying what he means is a certain sweater vest-wearing presidential candidate. After all, if a candidate says what he really means then (thinking) people may not cast a vote for him, right?
Thankfully, Rick Santorum has no filter;
ridiculous statements he made this past week seemed to have the underlying theme of control — mostly over women’s bodies. I guess he’s taking a minor break from his usual fascination with the gay community so that he can focus on church matters. Way to go to get people interested in religion!
Listening to Mr. Santorum made me think about the issue of control in a broader sense: it’s dangerous when any group tries to manipulate and subjugate another. The result is often violence and exploitation. I hope prospective voters remember this at election time: the negative results arising from force are all throughout human history. The last thing we need is a backwards, lost-in-time politician trying to drag us into his blended church/state vision for the country. *GASP and SHUDDER*
Speaking of candidates, Ron Paul is still in the race and doing rather well against his opponents in some states (poor Mitt Romney…couldn’t even fill a hometown stadium!). No, Paul’s not in the overall lead but he appears to be giving the remaining three GOP contenders something to think about. Maybe it’s his directness that gives GOP voters enough to consider? That remains to be seen. Regardless, he isn’t the main focus; we’re hearing so much about religion lately that education, the importance of public schools and free speech have taken a back seat.
And let’s not forget that this is Black History Month; it’s American history. We are reminded that many people have come a long way but there is still a long way to go as it’s clear that the educational and fnancial frontiers must still be crossed. As we look to the past — the nation’s history — to decide what we need to move forward and achieve that more perfect union, our choices on the road ahead become that much clearer.
BNV…Educate, Entertain and Eradicate the borders between us!