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The Path to Prosperity
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The Audacity of Hope
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Turnaround
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Dreams from My Father
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Rick Santorum: A Senator Speaks Out on Life, Freedom, and Responsibility


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Click here for 19 full quotes from Rick Santorum in the book A Senator Speaks Out, by Rick Santorum.
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

This book is part of the "Modern American Statesmen Series," which re-publishes speeches from the Congressional Record. That means they select speeches which Santorum delivered on the Senate floor. There is no author and no editor; just an introductory note from the publisher (Monument Press) stating that they will cover numerous other candidates in the same non-partisan manner.

    Readers should not assume that simply re-printing speeches is non-partisan:
  • Selecting which speeches to include is potentially partisan (the book has just one speech on religious values and three on abortion-related topics, but the numbers could have been switched at the editor's discretion);
  • Juxtaposing speeches is potentially partisan (a speech on Ronald Reagan is juxtaposed with a speech on "Defense and Peace", for example, emphasizing Santorum's association with Reagan's "peace through strength" doctrine);
  • Assigning chapter headings is potentially partisan (the chapter entitled "Sanctity of Marriage" might have been entitled "Anti-Gay Marriage" or "Heterosexual Marriage", for example).
At OnTheIssues, we make those same three types of choices every day -- so we are well aware of the potential partisanship in every selection we choose, every juxtaposition we make, and every headline we write. When we say the "Modern American Statesmen Series" accomplishes their task in a non-partisan manner, we mean they have successfully avoided introducing their own potential biases. We hope that OnTheIssues is viewed in the same manner.

There's nothing exciting in this book; it's just the basics, on all the key issues, from speeches made in the period 1995 through 2005. We look forward to more in the series, and will excerpt them when they become available.

-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, OnTheIssues.org, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, Aug. 2011

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Partial birth abortion should shock your conscience.
    Protect any child born alive from botched abortion.
    Responsible stem cell research doesn't destroy embryos.
Civil Rights
    Same-sex marriage takes us away from purpose of marriage.
    Leave marriage definition to state legislatures & the people.
Drugs
    Bigger drug problem since welfare state started.
Education
    More teachers & more funding just means more of the same.
    Kids are trapped without choice in the public schools.
    Teach about disagreements in biological evolution theories.
Government Reform
    Campaign finance should be purely voluntary.
Homeland Security
    Invest in our armed services' fundamental mission.
Principles & Values
    We're plagued by tragedies when we turn our back on God.
Social Security
    Let's grow the pie using private market system.
    No privatization; but voluntary personal retirement accounts.
Tax Reform
    Tax credits are for families who pay taxes.
    Tax burden increases inequities & decreases savings.
    Death should not be a taxable event.
War & Peace
    Threat posed by Saddam is like drunk driver's threat to all.
Welfare & Poverty
    You don't help people by making them dependent on you.


The above quotations are from Rick Santorum: A Senator Speaks Out on Life, Freedom, and Responsibility.

BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

We re-excerpted this book now that Sen. Santorum is one of the frontrunners in the 2012 GOP Primary.

The former Senator is a Christian conservative, which means he focuses very heavily on social and moral issues such as abortion, anti-gay marriage, and church-state issues. Santorum is also an economic conservative, meaning he believes in lower taxes and trickle-down economics. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin also fit that class of conservative.

As of today, the four frontrunners for the GOP nomination exemplify several other classes of conservatives. Ron Paul is a libertarian, which means he supports economic conservatism but not social conservatism (he supports gay rights, for example). Newt Gingrich shares most of the same views as Santorum, but focuses on economic conservatism. Hence Gingrich SOUNDS less hard-core than Santorum on pro-life and anti-gay issues, but really the two agree on the issues, while disagreeing on what priority to assign them. Mitt Romney is a populist conservative, meaning he disagrees with Santorum both on priority and on some issues too.

Given that Gov. Romney is the GOP frontrunner and the other three top-tier candidates are vying for the non-Romney vote, Republican primary voters now face a clear choice: a libertarian conservative (Rep. Paul); an economic conservative (Speaker Gingrich); or a social conservative (Sen. Santorum). Our two-dimensional political analysis, differentiating social issues from economic issues, clarifies these distinctions.

-- Alan K. Jansen, OnTheIssues.org staff, Jan. 2012

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