Rick Santorum Attacks Ted Cruz; The Reason Why is Weird

Rick Santorum

One of strangest political attacks of the year came Monday from GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum against Ted Cruz, a constitutional conservative.

Santorum, who won the 2012 Iowa Caucus only to go on to lose to RINO Mitt Romney, has been languishing near the bottom of the still-crowded GOP field.

The latest CNN/ORC national Republican presidential poll shows Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator tied for dead last at 0%, with former New York Governor George Pataki. The Real Clear Politics average of several different national polls shows Santorum with 0.6% support among those polled, tied with RINO Lindsey Graham, who has dropped out of the race.

In Iowa, Santorum, a social conservative, should be polling much better, considering he won the state in 2012 and it is a state chock-full of evangelical voters. However, he is not. According to the rolling Iowa RCP average, Santorum is only pulling in just 0.5%, with slightly over a month to go before the Iowa Caucus on February 1st.

Nevertheless, Rick Santorum is staying in the race — for some unknown reason — and is launching attacks against the candidate currently in second place — the candidate many, including Rush Limbaugh, believe is the most consistently conservative in the race, and the frontrunner in Iowa according to recent polls, Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

But this Santorum attack against Ted Cruz is a real head-snapper because it slams Cruz for supporting — get this — hold onto your chair — the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which limits federal government powers to only those enumerated in the document. All other powers are delegated to the States and the people, a bedrock principle, especially for conservatives.

While Ted Cruz has repeated that he is against homosexual marriage and the use of drugs like marijuana, he also states — correctly — that those are states’ rights issues according to the Tenth Amendment, since the States did not give the federal government powers over such matters.

In an interview with Newsmax TV , Santorum opined that Ted Cruz was not a true social conservative because he took a “Tenth Amendment position” that was very similar to Rand Paul and his father, former Congressman Ron Paul.

Santorum told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg on “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Monday:

“Most of the social conservative votes are going to Cruz and Trump, neither of which are particularly strong social conservatives. I mean, Donald Trump has never been a social conservative up until the last few months. And Ted Cruz takes the position of very much the Tenth Amendment and State’s rights, you know, which is sort of a Rand Paul/Ron Paul position.”

This is where Santorum loses people of all stripes and persuasions. He thinks that supporting the Tenth Amendment — as written and intended — is some kind of fringe position, instead of the true “law of the land,” an important part of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution which limits federal government power.

Perhaps the reason big government conservative Santorum doesn’t like the Tenth Amendment is because it does restrict federal power. And while in office, if it were adhered to, he wouldn’t have been able to vote to raise the debt ceiling five times, as he did, enabling the huge increase in the national debt under Republican President George W. Bush.

If the Tenth Amendment would have been followed, Santorum wouldn’t have been able to vote for liberal, policies like “No Child Left Behind,” Medicare Part D, and funding the “Bridge to Nowhere,” in addition to other unconstitutional big government policies that are in violation of the Tenth Amendment.

Conservatives LOVE the Tenth Amendment, Rick, and you are not a conservative if you attack those who support a strict adherence to this crucial part of the Bill of Rights.

 

 

About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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