Santorum Tries To Make Everything Religion (;or, “Heidi, Save Us!”)

A recent post reflected on politicians’ propensity to turn every disagreement into a war; the Republicans, especially, seem fond of this tactic, but it is not theirs exclusively.

Now Rick Santorum seems to be reviving and polishing the tactic of turning disagreements (even phantom ones) into religious conflict, theological war. Thus . . .

from Talking Points Memo:

*The comments [about Obama’s “theology”]came at an event in Columbus shortly after the former senator from Pennsylvania said *efficacy and safety improvements in oil drilling technology are considered by the president to be “a dangerous technology.”

*”It doesn’t fit his pattern of trying to drive down consumption, trying to drive up your cost of transportation to accomplish *his political science goal of reducing carbon dioxide,” he said.

*Obama, he continued, is not motivated by “your quality of life.”

*“It’s not about your job. It’s about some phony ideal, some phony theology,” Santorum said. “Oh, not a theology based on the *Bible, a different theology. But no less a theology.”

Santorum’s riff here is so free of facts as to seem like froth, so free of logic as to seem like hallucination. If one chooses to connect the multi-color dots, then (by inference) the Bible urges us to drive up consumption. –Except that Jesus once advised his followers to get rid of everything, and he advised Satan that man (humanity) cannot live by bread alone.

One might think, also, that the Bible has much to say about oil-drilling technology.

If by “drive up your cost of transportation,” Santorum means that Obama opposed the Keystone Pipeline, then we have more nonsense. The worldwide cost of oil is determined largely in the Middle East. Moreover, if Santorum were interested in driving down the cost of gasoline, he might insist upon new cars’ having more efficient motors, or he might insist that all oil produced in the U.S. stay in the U.S. When he opines that reducing carbon emissions is “a political science goal,” he has drifted into the land people enter when they have been drinking umbrella-drinks for a week–without sleep.

Of course, looming over all this wretched rhetoric is the idea that religion ought to drive policy–all policy. Therefore, Santorum has much in common with some Muslim political leaders. I wish journalists would pursue this parallel by questioning the self-appointed Bishop Santorum.

Hallucinogenic free-association in political rhetoric seems so pervasive now that one yearns for someone to flip the switch, as the lad did during the soon-to-be-named “Heidi Game” between the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets. When the hallucinometer hits a certain zone, our screens should be shifted to–well, how about a replay of the Heidi Game?

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