Tulsa conservative activists make the case for Rick Santorum; early voting begins

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Santorum at ORU (portrait crop) (MDB20765)
Some friends of mine, long-time local conservative activists, have endorsed Rick Santorum in next Tuesday's Oklahoma presidential preference primary. They've notified their friends of their endorsement, but for their own reasons can't make the endorsement public. They are however willing to share their rationale, and I think it's worth your time to read.

They also remind that early voting ("absentee in person") is available at your county's election board at the following times.

Friday, March 2, 2012: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 2012: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, March 5, 2012: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Whether you vote early at the county election board or on election day at your precinct's polling place, you must bring a government-issued form of identification -- either your voter ID card or some government issued ID with your photo and an expiration date after the date of the election. The state election board explains what kind of ID is allowed by law.

The Santorum campaign in Oklahoma could use your help. They are making personal phone calls to Oklahoma voters and need more workers to reach all the people they hope to reach. Phone the Oklahoma HQ at 918-928-7776 to find out what you can do. There are opportunities all over the state. A team of Texas volunteers is coming up to work along the southern tier of Oklahoma. (Texas's primary has been delayed until May 29, the result of a court battle over congressional redistricting.)

If you're a homeschooler, by volunteering for Santorum you'd be supporting the first homeschool dad to serve as president since perhapsTeddy Roosevelt. And what better way to teach the importance of civic involvement and how our election process works than to spend a few hours as a campaign volunteer.

I've put the full text of the activists' endorsement after the jump, but here are some of the key points:

  • Santorum has signed the Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge
  • Santorum's endorsement by the Susan B. Anthony List, a political action committee devoted to promoting pro-life candidates: "Among the field of strong pro-life candidates in the GOP primary, one stands out as a proven leader in this great human and civil rights cause of our time. Rick Santorum communicates the vision and has exhibited the strategic and tactical prowess the pro-life movement must have in order to succeed. Women and children deserve his leadership, grounded as it is in affirming the dignity of every person. At this inflection point in the primary process and a tipping point in history on the abortion issue, the Susan B. Anthony List endorses Rick Santorum for the Republican nomination for President."
  • Santorum's A+ lifetime NRA rating and strong career ratings from many other conservative organizations.
  • In line with the mainstream of conservative activists on 2nd Amendment rights, energy production (a major theme of his Tulsa speech), illegal immigration, national defense and foreign policy, and cultural issues in military policy.
  • My friends weren't sure about Santorum's position with regard to Israel, since he didn't address it in his ORU speech, but here's an oped he wrote for National Review in May 2011: Israel in Peril. His concluding paragraph:

    Israel has long enjoyed the support of the United States. Our mutual ties have been historical, cultural, religious, and strategic. Today those ties have been put in more doubt than at any other time in the history of our relationship. Israel hasn't changed, the United States has. But the United States, a large and powerful country, is not in danger of disappearing. The same cannot be said of Israel and it is to our shame that we have increased that risk for the Jewish state. One can only hope this dangerous turn in our foreign policy will change. In the meantime, it is the duty of each and every American citizen who abhors terrorism and supports freedom to stand up and say, "I support Israel."

    Now here's the full endorsement from my activist friends:

    Why we are supporting Rick Santorum for President
    • Rick Santorum doesn't just talk about family values, he lives them. He has been married to Karen for 21 years. They have 7 children ranging from 20 years old to 3-1/2. (They are Roman Catholic). Two of his older children, Elizabeth and John, are travelling with their father in his campaign. When his youngest daughter, Isabella, was hospitalized a few weeks ago, he cancelled his campaign appearances and went home to be with her, his wife and family.
    • The Santorums homeschool all of their children.
    • The Rick Santorum for President Campaign is proud to announce that it has received the endorsement of the Susan B. Anthony List. Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of SBA List, said: "Among the field of strong pro-life candidates in the GOP primary, one stands out as a proven leader in this great human and civil rights cause of our time. Rick Santorum communicates the vision and has exhibited the strategic and tactical prowess the pro-life movement must have in order to succeed. Women and children deserve his leadership, grounded as it is in affirming the dignity of every person. At this inflection point in the primary process and a tipping point in history on the abortion issue, the Susan B. Anthony List endorses Rick Santorum for the Republican nomination for President." Jane Abraham, Chairman of the SBA List Board of Directors, said: "Each one of the candidates in the Republican presidential field have made a commitment to be a prolife president. However, none of them have the record of consistent leadership that Rick Santorum has demonstrated. At this critical moment in the race, our Board of Directors unanimously decided that we must stand with Rick Santorum, the candidate who throughout his career has stood so strongly for Life."

      Source: http://www.ricksantorum.com/pressrelease/sba-list-endorses-rick-santorum-president

    • Santorum has always voted pro-life. While he was the floor manager in the U. S. Senate for the bill banning partial birth abortion, his wife was advised to abort the child she was carrying due to the child's abnormalities. The Santorums decided to carry the baby to term. The baby was born and lived only a few hours. Karen Santorum wrote a book about this event called Letters to Gabriel.

      Source: http://www.amazon.com/Letters-Gabriel-Karen-Garver-Santorum/dp/1568145284/

    • He carries a copy of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence in his pocket. He believes our rights come from God, not government.
    • When he spoke at ORU, he stated that freedom of religion isn't just freedom to worship as you choose, it is freedom to practice you faith in all areas of your life, such as is being done at ORU by educating people according to their faith. To listen to the entire town hall meeting at ORU, go to http://www.oru.edu/townhall/ricksantorum.php
    • He will repeal and replace ObamaCare with market-driven, patient-centered health solutions.
    • Rick Santorum has a Lifetime Rating of A+ by the National Rifle Association.

      Source: http://www.votesmart.org/interest-group/1034/rating/1299

    • Rick Santorum spent sixteen years in Congress - 4 years in the House followed by 12 years in the Senate - before losing to Democrat Bob Casey in 2006. In the last two years of his Senate career, he had an average Club for Growth rating of 77%, compared to an average of 73% for all Senate Republicans over that same time period. In the previous thirteen years before the Club had a scorecard, Santorum accumulated an average score of 76% on the National Taxpayers Union scorecard. This compares to a 71% average among all Republicans. NTU is a non-partisan group that advocates for limited government.

      Source: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/whitepapers/

    • Santorum is the ONLY REMAINING candidate that gave consistent, conservative, pro-family answers to ALL of the survey questions in the 2012 Values Voter Republican Presidential Voter Guide.

      Source: http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF11L04.pdf

    • He signed the "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform.

      Source: http://www.atr.org/tax-plan-comparison-presidential-candidates-a6614

    • Santorum is the ONLY REMAINING candidate that responded to the 2012 Military Culture Coalition Presidential Candidate Survey. This survey asked six questions about military social issues such as gays in the military, enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the military, religious liberty for chaplains, and subjecting women to direct ground combat and Selective Service registration.

      Source: http://cmrlink.org/CMRDocuments/MCCcandidatesurveynewsreleasey120611-A.pdf

    • This link lists ratings from a variety of groups: http://www.votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27054/rick-santorum
    • He believes in a strong national defense - the Reagan model of peace through strength.
    • He opposes amnesty for illegal aliens.
    • He believes we need to create more jobs by cutting taxes and regulations.
    • He is from an energy producing state (Pennsylvania), so he understands the need to develop U. S. energy resources. (The U.S. has a 120-year supply of oil. We are not developing all of our resources because Obama is supported by the environmental extremists and he won't allow drilling on federal land or in ANWR in Alaska.)
    • He did not specifically address support for Israel at the ORU town hall meeting. However, Gary Bauer (former Republican Presidential candidate) has endorsed Santorum for President. Gary is one of the founders of Christians United for Israel. Bauer would never endorse a candidate who did not support Israel.
    • Santorum can win the Republican nomination. He is second to Romney in the number of delegates, and he has professional political consultants now running his campaign. His campaign consultant in Oklahoma lived here for a number of years and ran Steve Largent's successful campaigns for Congress and Scott Pruitt's successful campaign for Oklahoma Attorney General.
    • Santorum has a wealthy benefactor who is putting money into a Super PAC to help fund the campaign. Ever since Rush Limbaugh started giving Santorum favorable mention on his radio program, Santorum has been raising millions in campaign donations. (It takes a huge pile of money to be a successful candidate for President.)
    • Santorum is a good enough debater that he can win debates with Obama. All he has to do is remind people that the U.S. has the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression, and that gasoline prices are the highest they have been in years. (And no, it's not Bush's fault!)
    • Some of you may be concerned about a few of the votes he cast while in the U.S. House or the U. S. Senate. We realize that no candidate is perfect, and all of them will do things that we don't like from time to time.

    For more details on Rick Santorum, go to http://www.ricksantorum.com Check out his stands on your issues.

    Voting: Remember to vote on Tuesday, March 6! Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    If you can't get to your polling place on Tuesday, you can vote in person absentee (no reason needed) at your County Election Board on Friday, March 2 (8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), Saturday (8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) or Monday (8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) Tulsa County Election Board is located at 555 N. Denver. Phone number is 918-596-5780.

    ....When you go to vote, be sure to bring a photo I.D. (driver's license) or your voter I.D. card (issued by your County Election Board). You are required by Oklahoma law to show I.D. before you vote.

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