How Are You Thanking Rick Santorum?

By Guest Author Jim Meyer

I can’t believe what I’m reading in a few Santorum groups. I simply can’t believe it. Some of you have turned on Senator Santorum. You think he’s betrayed you. You think he’s sold you down the river.

Well, if you ask me, those of you who are saying those things should all be ashamed of yourselves. Profoundly ashamed.

Did it ever occur to any of you that Senator Santorum is probably suffering more about this than any of us are? After all, who was the one who put himself on the line, declared himself a candidate for the Presidency, practically put himself and his family in the poor house–and possibly in physical danger, as well–and exposed himself to the worst kinds of vicious attacks and libelous ridicule imaginable from such despicable pieces of human garbage as Dan Savage, Bill Maher and Wrong Paul, all out of love for our nation and a desire to restore decency and morality to a society that, for all practical purposes, has gone stark raving mad? How many of us would have done that?

Well, none of us did that. But Senator Santorum did.

Senator Santorum tried to give us a voice in this campaign. He gave it the best shot he possibly could, and by so doing, he defied all the odds. He outperformed and outlasted a good many candidates who, the so-called “experts” all told us, were all much stronger candidates than he was; candidates like Tim Pawlenty, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich.

Ultimately, Senator Santorum’s Presidential bid failed. He was underfunded, underorganized and had no friends in the media or the party establishment. That’s politics. That’s life. You don’t succeed every time you try something.

How many of you have ever set out to do something, given it your best possible effort, and ended up failing to achieve your goal? If you have, I don’t have to tell you that’s one of the worst feelings a person can possibly have. And if you have, you should also realize just how hard it must have been for Senator Santorum to put that phrase, “I endorse Mitt Romney” in that E-Mail. Every word, every syllable, every letter in that phrase, must have been pure torture for him. He wanted the Presidency at least as much as any of us wanted it for him; truth be told, he probably wanted it more. But in the end, he realized it wasn’t to be.

Senator Santorum also realized, as many of you don’t seem to, that the very survival of America depends on Obonzo being defeated this November; and that, if achieving that objective means backing a candidate who is less than ideal, that’s nevertheless what we are going to have to do; our misgivings about that candidate notwithstanding.

In the final analysis, the survival of the nation was more important to Senator Santorum than his political ambitions or even his pride. Rick Santorum is not a “sellout”. Far from it. What he is, is a patriot.

This man courageously stepped forward to be our candidate when we needed a voice in the campaign, and he did it in the face of withering criticism and slander which, I dare say, would have destroyed most, if not all, of the rest of us.

And how are some of us thanking Senator Santorum for all that he’s done, for all the sacrifices he and his family made and all the risks he took? By heaping unjustified criticism on him.

Well, I don’t believe it. I just don’t believe it.

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2 comments on “How Are You Thanking Rick Santorum?

  1. Jim, Perfect!!! I feel the same way but could not put it as well as you. Rick took a lot of hate and criticism from those who did not support him and it is sad to see those who supported him quickly turn against him when he doesn’t follow every expectation. I respect Rick and thank him for getting out there and will continue to support him. Thanks Jim for your message and God Bless you!!

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