Santorum: State Murder as a "Moral Enterprise"

Posted: January 20th, 2012 by Militant Libertarian

“God did not just give us rights,” pontificated His High
Holiness Rick Santorum during
a January 17 campaign stop in Lexington, South Carolina
. “He gave us a
moral code by which to exercise them. See, that’s what Ron Paul sort of leaves
out. He leaves out [that the] rights and responsibilities that we have come
from God…. And he says, `No, we just have rights, and then that’s it.’ No, we
don’t. America is a moral enterprise.” And morality, Santorum believes, is best instilled through State coercion, including officially sanctioned murder.

Once again, Dr. Paul’s perspective on this question is
informed by the New Testament: “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a
man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man…. Do not ye
yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly,
and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceedeth out of the
mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart
proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, thefts, false witness,
blasphemies….” (Matthew 15:10-12,
16-19) 

Bear in mind, once again, that Santorum offered that
description of the candidate who – just hours earlier – had been publicly
ridiculed for insisting that God’s law, the Golden Rule, applies to everybody,
including those who preside over the criminal enterprise called the State.
Furthermore, among the current GOP presidential contenders, Dr. Paul is the
only candidate to extol the Constitution as a law that restrains the
government. Santorum, on the other hand, consistently seeks to restrain the
individual and emancipate the State. While he insinuates that Ron Paul is an
anarchist (he isn’t — none save One was perfect, after all — but he should be), Santorum has giddily celebrated
State lawlessness. 

Actually, the Obama
administration not only assassinated U.S.-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki —
who was never charged with a crime of any kind, let alone convicted and
sentenced by a court — but also al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old
son, Adbdulrahman al-Awlaki
, who was killed by a drone strike in Yemen
while he was having dinner with a cousin (who also perished).



The Obama administration circulated
the story that the 16-year-old was actually an adult “suspected” of being a
“militant
,” thereby redefining the killing as a strategic success. But the
family was able to document that the youngster — who had
gone to Yemen in a frantic search for his father
, known to be on a U.S.
assassination list — was born in
Colorado
in 1995.



Behavior of this kind is
generally associated with the likes of Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong-Il.
Proponents of an aggressive foreign policy often characterize the regimes
ruling countries such as Iran, Syria, and North Korea as despotisms that
routinely “murder their own citizens,” and thus pose a threat to the
peace of the world. Yet Rick Santorum — who yields to nobody in his zeal to
wage war against distant and relatively powerless regimes — openly celebrates
the summary execution of U.S. citizens, and describes it as a model for similar
“wet work” operations against citizens of other countries. 



For Santorum, the defining
principle of politics is power, not liberty. His chief ideological inspiration
is not the imperfectly realized individualist James Madison, or even the
centralizing constitutionalist James Madison, but the arch-authoritarian Joseph
de Maistre, the 18th Century apostle of absolutism. His role model
in policy terms could well be the murderous “Operative” from the film “Serenity.”



Maistre taught that “all
greatness, all power, all social order depends on the Executioner; he is the
terror of human society and tie that holds it together. Take away this
incontrovertible force from the world, and at that very moment order is
superseded by chaos, thrones fall, society disappears.” 



Santorum visibly shares the fear
that society will disintegrate if the State is deprived of the discretionary
power to kill people. In the film “Serenity,” the Operative acted as Maistre’s
Executioner on behalf of a galaxy-spanning bureaucratic empire called the
Alliance. He spent most of the film pursuing River Tam, a brilliant and irrepressibly
individualistic young girl with psychic abilities who had been abducted by the
regime and programmed to be an assassin.



River’s brother, a gifted
physician named Simon, sacrificed his future to free River, and the two of them
wound up aboard the Serenity, a merchant ship commanded by a noble but
embittered man named Malcolm Reynolds. Years earlier, Malcolm (or Mal) had
fought with the “Browncoats,” a group of separatists who waged a valiant but
losing battle for impendence from the Alliance. 



In his pursuit of River and Simon,
Alliance forces commanded by the Operative lays waste to an outpost called
Haven, where Mal and his crew had briefly found refuge. Similar Alliance
attacks have destroyed every other colony where Mal might have taken cover.

“I’m sorry,” the Operative
explains to Mal following the massacres. “If your quarry goes to ground, leave
no ground to go to…. [D]id you think none of this was your fault?”

“I don’t murder children,” Mal
replies with frigid disgust.



“I do,” the Operative
unblinkingly replies. “If I have to.” 



“Why?” Mal demands. “Do you even
know why they sent you?”



“It’s not my place to ask,” the
Operative wearily explains. “I believe in something greater than myself. A
better world. A world without sin.” 



Although he possesses none of
the Operative’s fearsome martial prowess, Rick Santorum likewise believe it is
possible to build a better world through State murder – not just Iraqi, Afghan,
Pakistani, and (soon) Iranian children, but American children like Abdulrahman
al-Awlaki. 



It’s little wonder that Santorum – like Newt Gingrich and the death
cult adherents who compose much of the GOP’s rank and file — finds Ron Paul’s
devotion to the Golden Rule to be morally unsatisfactory. 

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