Ignorant Legislator of the Week: Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum

We were feeling so good, featuring three women as “Heroine of the Week” in such a short period of time. And then Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum had to go and ruin it for us.

Santorum is this week’s “Ignorant Legislator of the Week” because of comments he made regarding women in combat. The Pentagon just announced it will make more front line positions available to women. But Santorum thinks, “that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved.”

Santorum later tried to clarify his statement. The New York Times reported the presidential candidate “was actually referring to the emotions of men, not women, saying that men might be distracted from their mission by their ‘natural instinct’ to protect women.” That’s right. Women  could put men in danger because men can’t control the urge to protect women.  Excuse me sir: your defense is as ignorant as your original statement.

2 comments for “Ignorant Legislator of the Week: Rick Santorum

  1. Weeble
    February 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I am still angry with his comments. It implies that modern warfare, heavily involved with women is somehow stupid. If a man saves a man’s life – he’s a hero. But if he saves a woman’s life then he’s unprofessional, weak minded, over emotional and stupid. Modern soldiers like so many before them assess a situation as they find it taking into account who is on their team without prejudice, who may be caught in the crossfire or need protection like civilians and who the enemy is. This situation assessment for risk and action is based on training and the soldier’s own capability which is assessed all through training. Why would Americans put a man so out of touch with all armed response units (including the Police Force where its professionals take these decisions daily too) in charge of huge military capability. Women’s progress in the 80s & 90s is being eroded and the ignorant stereotypes put forward by men who have never taken an armed response role (even at a cadet level of training) are given the gainsay on others lives. Why? Because he has enough money to shout the loudest? That answer should not be good enough for any American and one can only hope that for the majority of Americans it will not be good enough.

    • February 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Weebie, the entire slate of presidential challengers is alarming. The attitudes toward women are amazing. As you say, “one can only hope that for the majority of Americans it will not be good enough.” Thanks for weighing in.

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