2012 Republican Presidential Contenders vs. the Constitution: SantorumJanuary 2, 2012
Yesterday we highlighted the records of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich from a constitutional perspective. Today we'll continue, looking at Rick Santorum.
- Rick Santorum: Representing Pennsylvania's 18th district in the House of Representatives from 1991 to 1994 and then in the Senate from Pennsylvania from 1995 through 2006, Santorum knows Washington, rising to become the Senate's third-ranking Republican in 2001. He lost his re-election bid to Democrat Bob Casey, Jr. in 2006, using his campaign to highlight the dangers of Islamic extremism in an election year in which national fatigue with Republicans left both houses of Congress in the control of Democrats. Santorum has not held elected office since 2007 but has spoken out regarding the Middle East and other issues he regards as important to national security.
But Rick Santorum's work in Congress didn't always align him with the Constitution. He co-sponsored legislation with Senator John Kerry called the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, which would have required employers to make reasonable accommodations for workers' religions; the federal government, of course, has no authority in the Constitution to tell private employers what kind of policies to install regarding religious observances. Santorum contributed to welfare reform in 1996 and No Child Left Behind in 2001, ultimately supporting both, ignoring how each oversteps the federal government's constitutional authority with regards to wealth redistribution and education, respectively. He supports federal regulation of air pollution, based on the "interstate commerce" clause of the Constitution - which is a fundamental misunderstanding and false application of Article 1, Section 8. Santorum endorses the Federal Reserve as a mechanism to control inflation - ignoring the fact that the Constitution delegates regulation of money to Congress.
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