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Santorum Speech in Shelby – Reagan Democrat Country

In 1984 I moved to Michigan, the Tigers won the World Series, my precinct in Shelby Township was on the news with an hour wait, and Ronald Reagan won reelection easily.

After speaking to the Economic Club in Detroit and keynoting the dinner in Novi February 16, Rick Santorum spoke in Shelby Township the next day to 1500 people. Arriving at the banquet hall five minutes after the doors opened, the parking lot was nearly full. When we got through security all the seats were taken, so we stood with friends in the back corner while the staff set up more chairs.

The Men of Grace sang while we waited; the event began with the pledge of allegiance and national anthem, with Pastor Kent Clark of Grace Centers of Hope giving the invocation.  Then Glenn Clark introduced the former Senator as his personal choice for the next President, having first heard him several years ago give the best speech with conservative principles since Ronald Reagan.

Santorum spoke without notes about why he’s running for President. A main reason is the large reach of government resulting from Obamacare. When Margaret Thatcher left office, she said her biggest regret was that she was not able to restore Britain the way Ronald Reagan had restored Americans’ confidence in America. The biggest roadblock was their National Health Care system, since 100% of the people are dependent on the government for their medical care.

He said much is made of nearly 50% of Americans paying no income tax or receiving some form of government assistance. The reason many Democrats supported Obamacare knowing that it would end their political careers is because government health insurance is a game changer making everyone dependent on the government for intimate and personal decisions. Just give us your freedom and we’ll provide for you.

He said America has changed from when he grew up and defense and entitlement spending have reversed places in our federal budget. In 1965 defense spending was 2.5% of GDP and entitlements were 7.4% of GDP. Today, despite two wars, defense spending is only 5% of GDP while entitlements have grown to 10% of GDP and 56% of the federal budget. It’s critical that we tackle entitlement spending or by 2049 it will consume all tax revenues, crippling the next generation. He has a comprehensive plan to tackle the Big 3 entitlements (Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid) as well as others.

When asked if he would pledge to make Washington as poor as the rest of the country, he said he has promised to propose budgets that cut real spending each year for five years. While he said the election would turn on economics and jobs, the more important question is what kind of country we are turning over to future generations.

The founders of our country pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. They knew that if they didn’t hang together, they would surely hang separately. He spoke of the greatest generation, those who fought WW2, who rose to the call when their country needed them, doing their duty with little fanfare. Each generation has its own challenges, and ours needs to rise to the call. He asked us to stand on our honor – the honor of a nation that has given us so much – to pass liberty on to the next generation.

He said this is the most important election since 1860. Michigan has the chance to speak loudly February 28 by voting for a candidate who will stand against the Wall Street bailouts, Cap & Trade, and has a record that contrasts with the President. Or we can vote for someone who can just manage Washington a little better.

He spoke of our founding principles in the Declaration of Independence: the foundational rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that come from a Creator and not from government. He said happiness in those days was defined as doing the morally right thing, not mere private property rights.

America formed a good and just society from the bottom up, not the top down, and we transformed the world. When we were founded, life expectancy was 35-40 years, unchanged in 1800 years of kings ruling people like pawns on a chess board. In the next 235 years, life expectancy in America and the world doubled.

People were not criticized for being successful; many of the buildings in eastern Michigan are named for the 1%, who not only became wealthy but helped others make a lot of money.

Later he answered questions about why he lost the 2006 election. He said it was a bad year for Republicans everywhere and said “Look who you reelected in 2006.” He also pointed to his underdog victories in previous elections in heavily Democratic districts where he was outspent and said he knows how to run an efficient campaign and overcome Obama’s large war chest in the fall election.

He also addressed foreign policy during the Q&A, noting the danger of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons and that the Obama administration is not doing enough to stop them. He said Iran is a major exporter of terrorism and the main manufacturer of the IEDs that are killing our troops in Afghanistan.

Everyone listened politely; there were no hecklers. Not everyone was convinced, but afterwards many stayed to pick up campaign material and sign up to volunteer. Santorum’s campaign opened an office at 700 East Big Beaver in Troy on Saturday; hours are 9-9 until February 28 for those who would like to volunteer.

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Truly, Rick Santorum is principled! He's so principled that he slipped an amendment into the 1999 National Defense Authorization Act handcuffing how the Armed Forces Retirement Home could cash in on those 49 acres it owned! The amendment forced the Home to sell—and not lease—the land to its next-door neighbor, the Catholic University of America. Ultimately, the Catholic Church bought 46 acres of the tract for $22 million. The Home lost the land for good, and by its own estimates, pocketed $27 million less than the land's value and $83 million less than what it could've made under a lease plan. Santorum made sure those looters at the Armed Forces Retirement Home didn't take any of my veterinarian wages! http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/how-rick-santorum-ripped-off-american-military-veterans
Roy Williams February 25, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Mr. Murrish can't even parrot his Heritage Foundation script correctly. He unwittingly reversed the numbers when he wrote, "In 1965 defense spending was 2.5% of GDP and entitlements were 7.4% of GDP. Today, despite two wars, defense spending is only 5% of GDP while entitlements have grown to 10% of GDP..." This would indicate that while entitlement spending has increased by 35%, defense spending has increased 100%. It should have read, "In 1965 defense spending was 7.4% of GDP and entitlements were 2.5% of GDP. Today, despite two wars, defense spending is only 5% of GDP while entitlements have grown to 10% of GDP..." This statement actually seems to support the point that Mr. Murrish was trying to make. But while he laments the amount of spending that we do to take care of our own people, the U.S. continues to grossly outpace the rest of the world in military expenditures. in 2011, the U.S. spent $698 billion on defense. This amounted to 43% of the $1.630 trillion spent by all nations on defense. In a distant second place, was China, which only spent $119 billion. Why does Mr. Murrish and his band of "conservative Christians" exhibit so much love for the sword and such distain for the plowshare? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures
lovetheusa1234 February 26, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Santorum's stature dramatically declined in the last debate, making him look very much like a jr. senator, not a president. Romney stayed on message and yet again, proved to be an excellent debater. Let's nominate Mitt Romney and watch a good old fashioned presidential campaign this fall between the Harvard guys
Dale Murrish February 28, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Thanks for correcting my mistake, although you're implying that the Heritage Foundation is not a respected source. It is conservative, that's true. If I'd gotten the statistics from some other web site would it have helped? I'm hoping people will poke around their site and look at some of their other ideas for solving our country's budget woes. What makes you think I love the sword and disdain the plowshare? America has acted as the world's policeman and largely been a force for good in the world. Our giving to charity and helping the poor as a nation of individuals far exceeds any other country, so don't pull out statistics of America's small amount of direct humanitarian aid, which is often diverted by corrupt governments to oppress their people.
Roy Williams February 28, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Since you've already demonstrated what qualifies as a reliable source in your world by quoting the work of a "historian" with no credentialed training in the field, I won't bother debating the reliability of material gleaned from the Heritage Foundation. With regards to your claim of U.S. superiority in charitable giving, once again Mr. Murrish your "facts" are found to be lacking. According to the World Giving Index published by the Charities Aid Foundation, in 2010 the U.S. ranked 18th in the world in terms of the percentage of its population that gives money to charities with 60%. Malta ranked first with 83%. And again in 2010, while the Organization For Economic Cooperation and Development ranked the U.S. first in total amount of money given in absolute terms ($28.67 billion), the U.S. ranked a lowly 19th in terms of what its population gives in terms of percentage of gross national product (0.21%) and 7th in terms of percentage of gross national income (0.03%). Sweden and Saudi Arabia ranked first in those two categories, respectively.
Roy Williams February 28, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Those giving statistics mentioned above bring to mind the story of the widow and her two pennies in Mark 12. "Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Based on the statistics from 2010, the U.S. is not the widow in the above parable.

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