The Case For Rick Santorum

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by Jamie Johnson

The poet Josiah Gilbert Holland wrote:

God, give us Men! A time like this demands

Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;

Men whom the lust of office does not kill;

Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;

Men who possess opinions and a will;

Men who have honor; men who will not lie.

In 2012, we have the opportunity to elect a strong, faithful, and courageous Christian as the President of the United States: former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

Rick has been a valiant pro-life and pro-family champion for over 20 years, and he has been leading the charge for our Christian values since coming to Congress in 1990. Now he is running for President, and he is the most qualified Republican candidate in the field. Although Rick has been a major political figure in Washington for the last two decades, the political establishment is hoping that Christian conservatives will be too distracted by the two or three media-chosen candidates to notice Rick Santorum. But it is not working.

Rick’s energetic and positive message of “Faith, Family, and Freedom” is being heard by more and more voters every day. And his frequent visits to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina — as well as his public meetings in all 99 Iowa counties — are creating great interest in his vision to renew American culture and restore America’s greatness. The more that Christian voters learn about Rick’s 20 years of public service and private work on behalf of the conservative movement, the more they support him. Here are five things that every Christian voter should know:

(1) Senator Rick Santorum is the only presidential candidate who has actually written and passed legislation to help end abortion in America.

While other presidential candidates talk about their pro-life positions, Rick Santorum lives it, authoring and championing every significant piece of pro-life legislation over the last 20 years. In the U.S. Senate, Rick courageously authored and passed three pro-life bills which became law: the “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban,” the “Born-Alive Infants Protection Act,” and the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act.” Through his strong moral leadership, many innocent children have been saved from the evil and horror of abortion.

(2) Senator Rick Santorum is the only presidential candidate who has actually fixed a broken federal entitlement program.

In the U.S. Senate, Rick authored the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, helping millions of Americans who were caught in a vicious cycle of dependence on government to escape that trap and find dignity and a sense of personal worth through meaningful labor and an honest day’s work. And in doing so, he saved American taxpayers billions of dollars per year in unnecessary entitlement spending.

(3) Senator Rick Santorum knows national security and foreign policy better than any other Republican presidential candidate.

In the U.S. Senate, Rick used his powerful position on the Senate Armed Services Committee to transform America’s military from a sluggish and slow-moving Cold War operation into a lean, highly-specialized, 21st century fighting force that is now capable of protecting America in age of global terror. Rick also authored and passed legislation to protect Israel from rogue states and terrorist-sponsoring regimes like Iran and Syria.

(4) Senator Rick Santorum is the only presidential candidate who will be ready to assume the powers of the Presidency on Day One, without the need for on-the-job training.

Rick has served for four years in the U.S. House of Representatives and for 12 years in the U.S. Senate. He has also worked for over a decade in the private sector. And he has earned three respected academic degrees: political science, business administration, and law. One might say that Rick’s entire life has been a preparation for this hour and this office. But more than that, as a husband and father of seven children, he understands what Americans go through every day: paying for groceries and gasoline, meeting the monthly mortgage payment, and saving up for retirement and the children’s future.

(5) Senator Rick Santorum is the only presidential candidate who has beaten a Democratic incumbent — and he has done it not once, not twice, but three times!

Rick has beaten longtime Democratic incumbents in heavily Democratic congressional districts that were over 60% and 70% Democrat in voter-registration. And Rick has also won two statewide elections in the electoral-rich state of Pennsylvania, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by one million voters. Although Republicans have failed to win Pennsylvania since 1988, current polls in the state now show Senator Santorum in a dead heat with President Obama, giving him the opportunity to not only win Pennsylvania, but also the nearby battleground states of Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia, which Democrats have recently won.

It is for these five reasons that Rick Santorum should be the first choice for Christian voters in 2012.

Rick’s gravitas on political, economic, and foreign affairs, his ability to articulate conservative principles in a clear and compelling way, and his conviction that the moral law of God trumps a state’s right to legalize homosexual marriage or abortion, could make him a truly historic figure on the world stage.

Christian voters, this is our chance to send a powerful message to the establishment of the Republican Party and to the Washington D.C./New York media matrix — namely, that we want a Christian statesman as our President — a man of deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, a man who assumes the powers of his office with deep humility and a sense of moral duty, a man who understands that without a spiritual and cultural renewal, the United States of America cannot endure.

Senator Rick Santorum fears God, loves righteousness, and cannot be bought. He should be the first choice for Christian voters in 2012.

Jamie Johnson is Rick Santorum’s state coalitions coordinator in Iowa.