18 February 2007

Who Needs Free Will*

...When we have Rick Santorum

“This whole idea of personal autonomy, while I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view, some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone. Be able to do whatever they want to do; government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low. We shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom and we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. You know, people should be able to do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world, and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone; that there is no is no such society, that I’m aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.”—Rick Santorum, 04 August 2005, Morning Edition on NPR (emphasis added)

So God gives man free will, but Senator Santorum--or any good conservative, by his definition--wants it taken away.

You cannot legislate morality.

I would like to know from which Clause of the enumerated powers Mr. Santorum is deriving his authority to legislate the activities in people's bedrooms.

If Roe v. Wade was extra-constitutional, than so is each and every attempt by the Senate to put any curbs on abortion.

I thought conservatives used to think that government was the problem. Reagan must be dead after all.

*Originally posted at a previous blog site 5 August 2005

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