Saturday, March 3, 2012

Cuyahoga Falls: A friendly host to Santorum


I see that McRick Santorum will be speaking in Cuyahoga Falls Monday night. The suburb is becoming Republican Mayor Don Robart's petting zoo for GOP presidential candidates in the closing days of Ohio's elections. It was a campaign motorcade stop for President George W. Bush, when he was seeking reelection in 2004. Among other things, he charged his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Kerry, with wanting to expand the "power and scope" of government. It played well to his hosts, including those with powerful ties to politics and government. Indeed, county party chairman Alex Arshinkoff didn't hesitate to biblically describe the election as a "contest between good and evil." You know the rest of the story.

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I again caught a glimpse of McRick Santorum roaring that "faith has been driven out of the public square" - which is puzzling since everything he says about faith is televised to the public square every moment of the day. I am even more baffled by the empty charge in a country with 500 religious radio and TV programs in a billion-dollar industry run by conservative religious groups. Among them: Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network and Regent University; and Jerry Falwell Ministries, now operated by the late Moral Majority leader's two sons. These two mammoth operations alone account for more than $700 million in revenue, according to a report by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Hmmm...

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More and more states and cities are rising to an understanding of what true democratic rights are all about in a free society. So it was good to read a Beacon Journal report this morning that Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, Canton Mayor William Healy II and Stow Mayor Sara Drew have signed a national Freedom to Marry resolution supporting same-sex marriage. They will doubtless hear from critics , but so what? Unlike the Republican pols who race around the country demanding that government get off the backs of individuals while also invading the very same personal lives, the mayors have qualified for the new enlightenment that says to Big Brother: Mind your own business in how we want to present ourselves at the altar.


JLM said...

Something even Don Robart will admit, as he has done to me, is that the majority of Cuyahoga Falls residents are Democrats. The friendly host is Don Robart.

David Hess said...

Arshinkoff's apocalyptic description of the ongoing American presidential contest as a struggle between "good and evil" is so far off the rhetorical charts that one might reasonably inquire as to whether his screws are loose. Not even Santorum has ventured that far into political hyperbole. Indeed, he has suggested that the choice could devolve simply into a selection between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. The contrast between the two descriptions might more aptly be regarded as the difference between lunacy and fantasy.

Anonymous said...

What a goof by the Santorum campaign going to Cuyahoga Falls for a rally. He didn't even qualify for the ballot there so he can't get any votes or delegates from that congressional district.

Total waste of his valuable time. And it shows that he and his campaign are not ready for primetime.

Grumpy Abe said...

...and he wants to be the leader of the Free World!

JLM said...

Anonymous' informative comment that Little Ricky didn't even qualify for the ballot in Cuyahoga Falls clinches it for me that the appearance (probable invite) was simply a Suck Up move on Robart's part.