The Iowa Derby: In the Final Lap Rick Santorum Comes From Behind
Rick Santorum may pull from behind to actually win this race. However, most see him at least getting one of those three 'tickets' out of Iowa
Rick Santorum is a refreshing example of moral coherence - a politician who refuses to buy the party line that one can separate out the so called "social" and "moral" issues from the economic and foreign policy issues. In fact, he will not accept the idea that morality should be confined to the walls of one's home or house of worship. Instead, he insists that America as a Nation is a "moral enterprise". He recently told one the crowds attending his pre-caucus events, that America will not remain free "without a good strong moral compass."
Republican Presidential contender Rick Santorum
POLK CITY, IA (Catholic Online) - In May of 2011 I watched the Kentucky Derby with my wife. My wife loves horses and enjoys watching the Derby every year. We do not bet on the race, but we do enjoy hearing the human interest stories behind the horses, their jockeys, their owners, and the struggles which accompany their arrival at the Derby.
Often, the stories - and the race - become an inspiring metaphor for life. That particular 2011 Derby was touted as the most wide open field in over a decade; somewhat like the Republican primary field of candidates for the 2012 Presidential campaign.
As the afternoon unfolded, the stories about the horses, jockeys, trainers, owners and all of the human interest stories just kept getting more interesting. However, no-one expected the eventual result in that 2011 Derby.
A horse who had never raced on dirt, or finished first in any major race, ridden by a last minute replacement jockey, with 20-1 odds against it - not even considered in the top tier by many "experts"- won the most exciting Kentucky Derby in years!
I later used the race in an article to describe the possibility of Rick Santorum emerging as a leader in the field of contenders for the Republican nomination for President. Back then, most people thought I was engaging in what is called "wishful thinking". After all, he is a friend - and I obviously have a great deal of respect for his faith, his family, his positions and his courage.
He passionately defends the fundamental Human Right to Life. He courageously defends marriage and the family and society founded upon it. He is unafraid to speak to the moral issues which lie at the root of many of our challenges - including our economic challenges. He has an authentic understanding of the sources of our liberties and the responsibilities they bring with them.
Most importantly, Rick Santorum is a refreshing example of moral coherence - a politician who refuses to buy the party line that one can separate out the so called "social" and "moral" issues from the economic and foreign policy issues.
In fact, he will not accept the idea that morality should be confined to the walls of one's home or house of worship. Instead, he insists that America as a Nation is a "moral enterprise". He recently told one the crowds attending his pre-caucus events, that America will not remain free "without a good strong moral compass."
On April 28, 2011 Rick Santorum gave an address on foreign policy at the National Press Club entitled "Americans & the World: Resetting Our Course." He concluded with these words: "The world will soon consider the life and contribution of a partner of Ronald Reagan's in reshaping the world, Pope John Paul II. He, along with another Polish hero Lech Walesa, helped to bring freedom back to Poland. His faith informed his courageous stand against a totalitarian regime. John Paul II warned of the "death of true freedom" and observed that "freedom itself needs to be set free. Lech Walesa last visited our nation last year (2010) and he offered this observation:
"The United States is the only superpower. Today they lead the world. Nobody has doubts about it - Militarily. They also lead economically but they're getting weak. But they don't lead morally and politically anymore. The world has no leadership. The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope, whenever something was going wrong, one could count on the United States. Today, we have lost that hope..."
Santorum told the group listening to that profound address: "But I have not and my sense from traveling the country is that neither have the American people - they are bursting at the seams to have a leader who believes in them and our country again.
"In his farewell address to the nation, President Reagan reminded us of this when he told the story of the USS Midway that was patrolling the South China Sea in the early 1980s. A sailor on the Midway saw a tiny boat, filled with refugees from Indochina, and a rescue launch was sent to them.
"As the Americans came into view, one of the refugees smiled, stood up, and shouted out: "Hello American Sailor. Hello Freedom Man!" That is who we are-Freedom Men - And Women - And Children. Let us not forget that privilege nor neglect that legacy."
On January 2, 2011, Rick Santorum continued barnstorming Iowa. At a stop in Polk City at the Rising Sun Café he told a large crowd that his surge in the polls is due to Iowans "doing their homework". They seemed to enthusiastically agree.
Now, the Press seems to be chasing after the candidate they had so little interest in just a few short weeks ago. We are witnessing what the pundits said could never happen. The campaign of Rick Santorum is on fire.
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