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Mr. Santorum has a creepy fixation with sex.
In 2008, Mr. Santorum gave a speech on religion and politics at the Oxford Center for Religion and Public Life in Washington. The answers he gave to the questions that followed were illuminating.
In response to a question about the kinds of words he had heard “attached to religion and politics” during his years in the Senate, Mr. Santorum answered:
It comes down to sex. That’s what it’s all about. It comes down to freedom, and it comes down to sex. If you have anything to do with any of the sexual issues, and if you are on the wrong side of being able to do all of the sexual freedoms you want, you are a bad guy. And you’re dangerous because you are going to limit my freedom in an area that’s the most central to me. And that’s the way it’s looked at.
Next, a commenter claimed that Maureen Dowd “said that the Republican Party is trying to repeal Woodstock.” What she actually wrote in her 1998 column (about the Clinton-Lewinsky affair) was:
Since Watergate, there has been a pendulum of partisan revenge. And, right now, Republicans want their payback for Watergate, for Bork, for Iran-contra, even for Woodstock. Like Kenneth Starr, the Republicans are attempting to repeal the 1960s.
Mr. Santorum deflected back to sex:
Woodstock is the great American orgy. This is who the Democratic Party has become. They have become the party of Woodstock. They prey upon our most basic primal lusts, and that’s sex. And the whole abortion culture, it’s not about life. It’s about sexual freedom. That’s what it’s about. Homosexuality. It’s about sexual freedom. All of the things are about sexual freedom, and they hate to be called on them. They try to somehow or other tie this to the founding fathers’ vision of liberty, which is bizarre. It’s ridiculous. That’s at the core of why you are attacked.
It’s odd that he equates Woodstock with both abortion and homosexuality, since… well, the two don’t really go together.
The next question was: “Do you see any possibility for a party of Christian reform, or an influx of Christian ideas into this [Democratic] party?”
While explaining what he saw as a shift in the Democratic Party away from “blue-collar working-class folks with traditional values,” Mr. Santorum said:
What changed was the ’60s. What changed was sex. What changed was the social and cultural issues that have huge amounts of money because if you look — I haven’t seen numbers on this, but I’m sure it’s true — if you go socioeconomic scale, the higher the income, the more socially liberal you are. The more you know you can buy your way out of the problems that sexual libertinism causes you. You have an abortion, well, I have the money to take care of it. If I want to live an extravagant life and get diseases, I can. … You can always take care of everything. If you have money, you can get away with things that if you’re poor you can’t.
The questions finally got around to asking about sex. To one of those questions, Mr. Santorum answered in part:
Sex is a means. Evolution is a means. And the aim is a secular world. It’s a, in my opinion, a hedonistic, self-focused world that is, in my opinion, anti-American.
Mr. Santorum may cloak his views in Catholic fundamentalism and Constitutional literalism, but they are his reaction to the social liberation that began in the 1960s.
Read the rest of Mr. Santorum’s weirdly sexual answers to questions at the original piece in The New York Times.