Santorum's 'conservatism': It's no 'alternative'
Played ad nauseam after Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum swept Tuesday's nominating contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri was this sound bite:
"I don't stand here to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama."
Which means conservatism and America are in deep trouble.
Does the future of American conservatism really rest in someone who mistakes capitulation for compromise, political expediency for principles and theocracy for constitutionalism?
What's "conservative" about supporting No Child Left Behind, the massive expansion of the federal government into local education matters?
What's "conservative" about supporting the Medicare prescription-drug entitlement, featuring multiple trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities?
What's "conservative" about having, in his last two years as a U.S. senator, one of the largest spending agendas among Republicans?
What's "conservative" about supporting dairy subsidies that promote excess production that depresses prices that continually fuel the plea for even more subsidies?
What's "conservative" about supporting boondoggle mass-transit projects like Pittsburgh's North Shore Connector with the rationale that if taxpayer dollars are not spent here, they will be spent elsewhere?
Rick Santorum, the "conservative alternative"• Hardly. He's nothing more than a bag with a hole in it.
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