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Who Is Voting for Santorum, Anyway?

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Rick Santorum impressed everyone again with more state primary victories this week. Will someone please explain this to me: who are these people voting for Rick Santorum? Do they live in the same country I live in? Do they live in the same century I live in? Have they not heard some of his statements or opinions?

Personally, I would not vote for Rick Santorum, for a variety of reasons.

I am a gay man, so I would not vote for Rick Santorum. He equates my sexuality with polygamy, incest, and adultery. He believes homosexuality is "antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family." He says that allowing gay military to serve openly is a "tragic" social experiment. He says that opposing gay marriage is the "ultimate homeland security." He has even likened calling gay marriage "marriage" to calling a paper towel a "napkin." The scary thing is that he is not saying those things simply to secure votes. He is genuine. He really means what he says.

I am a college professor, so I would not vote for Rick Santorum. He calls President Obama a "snob" for promoting higher education, and he states that college professors are liberal conspirators who are indoctrinating children to believe in Obama's dangerous philosophies. Funny, I thought I was educating young minds. Did I miss the memo Obama sent about this indoctrination business?

I am educated, so I would not vote for Rick Santorum. He states that children get "weird socialization" in public schools. He asserts that the school system is "stuck in the factory era." He believes that kids should not be exposed to "such a radically narrow, age-segregated environment." He home-schools his own children, but then again, he has three advanced degrees from which to draw upon. Did he somehow elude the liberal snobbery in advanced education himself?

I believe in science, so I would not vote for Rick Santorum. He has said climate change is a "hoax," some liberal myth. He joked, "The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is." I guess in a world where you do not want to encourage children to be educated, these kinds of ideas make sense.

I am an atheist, so I would not vote for Rick Santorum. If I were Jewish or Muslim or a believer of any other faith that is not Christian, I would not vote for him. For Christ's sake, he sent out a Hanukkah card with a Christian message on it! Even if I were Christian, I wouldn't vote for him. He twists Biblical messages for his own use. If I were Catholic, I wouldn't vote for him. I would be embarrassed to have him represent my faith.

I live in the 21st century, so I would not vote for Rick Santorum. His views on men and women are straight out of the '50s. The 1850s. He is against contraception. Really?

I support our troops, so I would not vote for Rick Santorum. Have you heard some of his antiquated ideas about women on the front lines?

I am a Pennsylvanian, so I would not vote for Rick Santorum. We already know what it is like to be represented by him in Congress. Guess what? We voted him out.

I am an American, so I would not vote for Rick Santorum. Our country can do so much better than this.

I assume that there are other gay people who vote, other college professors, other non-Christians voting, other people who support women, other contemporary people with intelligence, other true Americans. Who is left? Who is voting for Rick Santorum? Who are these people?!