By The Right Scoop


Rick Santorum spoke earlier today at CPAC 2013 and you can watch it below. Also there’s a nice little Trump smackdown at the beginning:

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  • marketcomp

    I love this speech by Rick Santorum. He succinctly describes the heart and soul of Conservatism and why we must continue to fight.

  • http://cfp4us.org/ AmericanborninCanada

    Yes, I enjoyed that intro, but excellent and truthful speech by Santorum.

  • nibblesyble

    I am having flashbacks to last time around when Santo and Newt were duking it out..sigh good times! Loved Santo’s speech this time too…cannot wait for Newt’s!

  • PhillyCon

    Thanks Scoop for posting this.  Santorum’s message always delves into the deeper meanings of society, culture, and philosophy.

  • PhillyCon

    Talk about going against the grain … he’s saying we need more than an economic message.

    • c4pfan

      PhillyCon I like that about him too.  So tired of the same old same old.

      • PhillyCon

        c4pfan PhillyCon That’s why I have always defended him … he says what needs to be said, even if it’s unpopular.

  • stage9

    This man should have been President. I don’t care what anybody says. He speaks with the same spirit and passion of the Founders. 
    You know, some Conservatives speak in theories and Conservative-speak. They can quote the Federalist Papers and are historians and economists in their own right. They understand the legal and Constitutional principles that made America great and understand the limits of government.
    But there’s one thing many of them lack — the SPIRITUAL CONVICTION that drove those great Patriots of old. If they were here today, those great men would be giving Santorum a standing ovation, because he gets the ENTIRE picture. He gets them. He gets what made America.

    “Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle… In this age, there can be no substitute for Christianity… That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.”9. — Congress, U. S. House Judiciary Committee, 1854
    “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” 1. — John Adams (Signer of the Declaration; Judge; Diplomat; One of the Two Signers of the Bill of Rights, Second President of the United States)
    “[Governments] could not give the rights essential to happiness… We claim them from a higher source: from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth.10. — John Dickenson (Signer of the Constitution; Governor of Pennsylvania; Governor of Deleware; General in the American Revolution)

    • c4pfan

      stage9  I was cheering for him when he was basically the only one going after Mitt.  Too bad the GOP screwed the process up by letting states CHEAT.

  • WinMissouri

    Best presentation yet!  He nails it, America’s problems are an issue of the heart.  Those who vote for the stuff are not glorifying God.  Our purpose on this earth is to finish the mission God gives to each of us, which is to glorify Him in all we do.  Santorum gets it.
    When we turn our hearts toward God, change will come in this country.  Our mission is not fending off the Democrats, it is Satan.  It is easy to blame those we can see doing the evil of Satan, but at the core it is evil.
    Those performing the evil on the innocent, poor, helpless etc will answer for it.  Our task is to stand with Jesus until He comes back.  If we fail to stand for what we know is right then we are aiding the evil.
    I will always votefor the most conservative candidate on the ticket.  I will not be one of five million who stay home because “McCain or Romney” are not my first choice or perfect choice.  Unfortunately, we are so far down this transformation, it will take many elections to turn it around.  
    I am very tired of the speeches about the federal government fixing everything.  Government is the problem-Reagan   My 2 cents, thanks Scoop, I appreciate all your work on this site and the contributors.

    • stage9

      WinMissouri You know, I read the Bible to my kids before they go to bed, and tonight we were reading about Moses trying to lead the Israelites into the Promised land. (Some of you remember this scene from the Bible miniseries). Moses sent out scouts/spies to survey the land before entering in. Most of those who came back with a report of what they had seen were scared senseless. There were giants in the land; the city standing in their way was heavily fortified; they complained that it was impossible to take the land. Every fearful excuse in the book you could imagine. And so this fear spreads throughout the entire camp infecting everyone’s faith. So much so that the people begin to turn on Moses……again!
      So, Moses goes into the Tent of Meeting to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord tells him in essence that because the people are full of unbelief they will wander in the wilderness for FORTY YEARS!
      So, what do the people do? They reason among themselves that they don’t want to wander in the wilderness for forty years either, so they change their minds about the “Promised Land” and take it UPON THEMSELVES to form a rag tag bunch of soldiers to invade the land. But Moses tells them that it’s too late; God had already pronounced His judgment on them that they were to wander the wilderness until they learn to trust in Him alone. Moses tells the people that they won’t be successful in the battle and that they will lose and lose HUGE! But of course they ignore him and set off to fight the enemy anyway.
      And of course, lo and behold they get their rear ends handed to them, and they back to Moses with their tails between their legs.
      I found it interesting that here the people were on the EDGE OF PROSPERITY and rather than TRUSTING THE GOD that had brought them out of slavery in Egypt to bring them into the land of promise, they disregarded God and took it upon themselves, in their OWN STRENGTH, APART FROM GOD, to try and take the land. And what happened? They were defeated.
      So, because they disobeyed God, and refused to allow HIM TO FIGHT THE BATTLE FOR THEM, they were forced to wander in misery for FORTY YEARS!
      Now, think of that in terms of how we handle our current mess. Our Founders trusted in God and WON THEIR INDEPENDENCE. We rarely trust God anymore and we find ourselves trying to figure out how we could possibly save our Republic. Perhaps the answer is the same one the Israelites failed to grasp — that God WANTS TO FIGHT THIS BATTLE FOR US, but we’re standing in His way.
      Perhaps, it’s as Benjamin Franklin acknowledged during the Constitutional Convention that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.” (Psalm 127:1)

      • Laurel A

        stage9 WinMissouri Bravo stage9!

      • http://cfp4us.org/ AmericanborninCanada

        stage9 WinMissouri I wish I could like this comment a hundred times Stage9.

  • DarkKnight2016

    I think this was a shot at Rubio and Paul ‘s belief that marriage should be defined at the state level. Perhaps the Rob Portman reversal because his son is gay….

    • c4pfan

      DarkKnight2016 I don’t think it was a shot at anything.  He’s always been consistent in his message.

  • brazen_infidel

    I don’t buy into Santorum’s social conservatism or religiosity, but I’ve always respected his sincerity and depth. His message about the “why” versus the “what” is compelling. Life is not just about free “stuff.”

  • slydogstudios

    Shite! Santorum was my man from the start of the last election! Okay, I shall watch, and post back my thoughts. I seriously <3 Rick Santorum. He has always been representative of my thoughts. BRB…

  • ryanomaniac

    Santorum needs to go home. I would’ve cried my my eyes out like I did with Romney if he’d been nominated. He is a RINO through and through. He is a career politician. The worst of it though is the fact he uses his Christianity as part of his sales pitch. No problem with talking about it but he did so relentlessly and found every opportunity he could to get that he was a Christian in an interview or speech. I cannot stand people like this. I know everyone hates me now.

    • comoesta3

      ryanomaniac Because he stands up for what he believes in doesn’t mean that he “uses his Christianity”.   When a politician has conviction, which so very few have anymore, we should celebrate.  Santorum is very consistent in his message and lives accordingly.

    • PhillyCon

      ryanomaniac RINO’s don’t take on the likes of Barbara Boxer or Ted Kennedy on the Senate floor.

    • Laurel A

      ryanomaniac That is quite the characterization. I do think Santorum is a big government Republican but he does have the courage of his convictions and one can’t help but admire that if they too have the same.

    • Libertyuberall

      ryanomaniacWhen Santorum ran in 2012, he sounded like he was running for preacher in chief, instead of President.  The US is a secular Republic, not a theocracy.   Budgets, small government, fiscal conservatism, and a big tent will win elections.   Poking your nose into people’s bedrooms is not the government’s business

      • ldwaddell

        Libertyuberall ryanomaniac Spoken like a true libertarian. The libs stick their noses into the bedroom of Americans and everyone calls it good. A conservative speaks of personal morality they are called preacher in chief. How sad.

      • PhillyCon

        Libertyuberall ryanomaniac Uh, government is in our healthcare (so technically, they are in our bedrooms already), frig, gas tank,  and check book.  All of this is courtesy from liberal and RINOs.

    • cabensg

      ryanomaniac I agree totally and you saved me from needing to comment.Thanks.

    • ldwaddell

      ryanomaniac  You don’t seem to realize that someone who has a Christian worldview cannot stop being a Christian just to please those who don’t share their worldview. He is consistent in his social conservatism and I respect him for it. If only we all cared as much about the unborn, the suffering, those with destructive values and those that see no greater power than themselves.

    • CindyONeill

      ryanomaniac Rick Santorum began his Congressional career as the “anti Reagan” candidate, He promised he would live in the state of Pa for his career criticizing his opponent for not doing so, after that he rode the Newt Gingrich Contract with America wave into the Senate. During his entire Senate career his votes mimicked Arlen Specter supporting candidates that were very pro abortion even supporting Arlen Specter for President showing up at a rally where Specter ran specifically as the most pro choice President ever. Santorum then moved to a large mansion in VA..but he didn’t tell anyone in Pa..instead he kept an empty but modest house here where he pretended to live until the voters found out an 06 and he lost the election by the widest margin ever in Senate history. Santorum is well known in Pa as being a moderate, union loving, taxing , big government, self serving politician..it’s just the truth of it. The best things about him are that he practiced pro life in his personal life and he’s not a democrat!

  • Laurel A
  • Anthony AM

    I loved this speech!  Probably the best one at CPAC this year.  Probably the least covered by the media.  Ironic.

    • ldwaddell

      Anthony AM I also enjoyed this speech. He is prophetic in my view, he is forthtelling what will happen if we continue down the path of secular values, driving God from the public square, and indulging our selfishness and radical individualism. Moral Libertarianism leads to license.

  • ldwaddell

    Trump and Oompa Loompa demographic. How did fake conservative Trump get invited to this meeting? Love the smack down though.

  • JohnBohler

    SANTORUM 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CindyONeill

    Rick Santorum began his Congressional career as the “anti Reagan” candidate, He promised he would live in the state of Pa for his career criticizing his opponent for not doing so, after that he rode the Newt Gingrich Contract with America wave into the Senate. During his entire Senate career his votes mimicked Arlen Specter supporting candidates that were very pro abortion even supporting Arlen Specter for President showing up at a rally where Specter ran specifically as the most pro choice President ever. Santorum then moved to a large mansion in VA..but he didn’t tell anyone in Pa..instead he kept an empty but modest house here where he pretended to live until the voters found out an 06 and he lost the election by the widest margin ever in Senate history. Santorum is well known in Pa as being a moderate, union loving, taxing , big government, self serving politician..it’s just the truth of it. The best things about him are that he practiced pro life in his personal life and he’s not a

  • CindyONeill

    How did Santorum connect his wife’s nephew’s death specifically to any policy or problem facing America or Republicans? He didn’t! He used it to solicit an emotional response just like the dems do..Tricky Ricky is the typical self serving politician. We know him well here in Pa. Which is why he had no support from any elected official past or present and why he lost his last election by the largest margin in history. He fools some with his emotional appeals sadly but will never fool Pennsylvanians!