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Santorum: Contraception Is Evil Because This Racist Author Said So

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During Wednesday night’s debate in some temporarily politically relevant zone of America, Rick Santorum defended his belief that contraception is dangerous and the cause, as opposed to the solution, to social problems like single motherhood and attendant issues e.g. poverty, but not zygotes, because they are not a problem but are excellent in every imaginable scenario. To bolster his claims, Mr. Rick invoked the thoughts and somehow not self-published words of Charles Murray, an author widely considered to be racist, or at the very, very least, severely blinkered, deranged and stuck in antebellum times. Murray is the author of a book called “The Bell Curve,” which apparently “argues that black people score lower on IQ tests because they are genetically inferior to whites.” Yes, truly shocking, Santorum’s interest in this “theory.” In that book, Murray and his co-author also conducted “research” “showing” that the average IQ of African Americans is 85, while the average IQ of whites is 103 and the average IQ of Hispanics is 89.

During the debate Santorum justified his fandom of this guy, who just released another book called “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010,” by saying that he was featured “on the front page” of the New York Times last week. Murray was also mentioned in a February op-ed piece by Ross Douthat in which Douthat calls the new book, which is apparently less scandalous than “The Bell Curve,” but still sucky, “exasperating,” full of “impractical” ideas, and “entirely divorced from American political realities,” just like our tighty-whitey pseudo-frontrunner Rick. (There is also this much more thorough takedown of the book by former W. speechwriter David Frum.)

Santorum’s whole thing is “children be having children,” and it is incredibly amusing that he thinks that contraception somehow ENHANCES/INCREASES American children’s likelihood of begetting their own children. One could also say his interest in this book just proves once again that Rick Santorum doesn’t care about blah people or anyone else except wha people, because, hi, Title of Book. [ThinkProgress]

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188 comments

  1. Pragmatist2

    Bernie Madoff was "featured on the front page of the New York Times." More than once, as I recall.

    1. LetUsBray

      C'mon, people, it's been two hours. But I guess it's up to me:

      You know who ELSE was featured on the front page of the New York Times?

      1. OneDollarJuana

        "Research" isn't in the Bible. But "fool" is!

        Psalm 38:5
        "My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. "

        The stink of santorum. The corruption of the right-wing.

    1. SorosBot

      Unless of course that research is actually backed by thorough evidence, like evolution, climate change or the big bang and galaxy formation.

  2. nounverb911

    Santorum’s whole thing is “children be having children,”
    Why does Santorum hate Bristol Palin?

      1. flamingpdog

        YIKES, Barb, I'm eating lunch! In order to pull out of Bristle, you have to push into Bristle, and that thought doesn't go well with lunch.

        1. BaldarTFlagass

          Probably more like fall into. If she had as many sticking out of her as she's had stuck into her, she'd look like a porcupine.

  3. DaRooster

    I truly wish Rick's parents had used contraceptives… damn it.

    How about a159th trimester abortion?

    1. sezme

      Good question! And not to state the obvious, but you know who else was featured on the front page of the New York Times?

  4. ManchuCandidate

    But… white people aren't making babies faster than tinted people (and freaks like the Duggars or Kate Gosselin don't count.)

    So, basically the racist author of "Big Dong Dumb Blacks, Very Smart Teeny Weenie Asians and Not too dumb and not too hung Whites" is self defeating the "white" race.

    1. snoopyfan2010

      And that right there is the whole issue. Actually I heard the size of the brain isn't the issue. It is how they use it. Smart can still be very dumb when mixed with infantile selfishness.

  5. elburritodeluxe

    Fareed Zakaria also spoke about the book at the end of his latest GPS show, saying it was problematic but very interesting.

    1. Mumbletypeg

      "Fareed Zakaria …saying it was problematic but very interesting."

      Adorable, Fareed: your assessment of this cesspool of flawed assertions is diplomatic but very euphemistic.

      1. FROTHY

        I wish he'd grow a testicle or an ovary or sump'n. He's not stupid but he's swallowed so much shit in order to hold his job that it's stinking up the environment.

    2. DrOzarkZ.Hellbender

      If you want some real laughs, try searching "Fareed Zakaria traitor."

      My favorite headline on that topic: "Obama Muslim adviser Fareed Zakaria says the death tax should be 50 percent"

    3. Negropolis

      Zakaria has always maddened me. He's one of those immigrants so in love with the country he's chosen as home, that he's afraid to offer criticism of its culture without also including love for the culture, whether it is relevant to the discussion of not. He skirts too close to neo-con foreign policy for my tastes, and it sometimes drips down into his views on domestic issues.

  6. Wilcoxyz

    Coming Apart does sound like a contraception plan, but not a desirable one. Except to some fundie "white" types, I guess.

  7. BlackRhino

    “Coming Apart”? Whites aren’t coming apart, their coming together… with the browns …and enjoying it. Just ask Lawrence O'Donnell.

  8. BaldarTFlagass

    With all this "babies having babies" talk, I wonder what his policy would be if a fetus had an unwanted pregnancy while still in utero.

  9. ifthethunderdontgetya

    …Charles Murray, an author widely considered to be racist, or at the very, very least, severely blinkered, deranged and stuck in antebellum times.

    Not to mention a hero of one Bobo Brooks, mysteriously employed by the New York Times in the word-writing industry.
    ~

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      Brooks has a rare gift, I say. He uses a lot of very intelligent sounding words, but by the time he gets to the end of a sentence, he's sounding like a complete idiot.

      Not many writers can pull that off.

  10. SorosBot

    Wait, I used a lot of contraception the other weekend but thought that was so that we wouldn't be making any babies. Now he's telling me that it's actually going to make my girlfriend a single mother?

      1. Generation[redacted]

        Sigh… what's happened to the state of White America since 1960? And that question is in no way racist. In fact, I hope he poses that question to Obama when the two finally debate for the first time.

      2. SorosBot

        According to Santorum and Murray, it should be our duty to be making white babies, to outbreed the blacks and browns. Guess that's why he wants to take away our birth control.

          1. FROTHY

            Welp, you're in luck, you little slut. Despite those aspirins popping from between your knees like sproggen from Michelle Duggar's cavernous hooha, it would appear that you are Magically and Miraculously Protected from Having Babby due to an enhanced IQ level.

            No wonder Republicans want to close all schools down!

    1. Fare la Volpe

      I used a lot of contraception the other weekend

      It was that good, eh?

      Right about now is when the 90s TV audience would collectively chime, "WooooooOOOOOOOOO!!"

    2. FROTHY

      A LOT, eh? That means you did it many, many times, you little sinners! Did her aspirin slip from between her knees repeatedly? How many bottles of aspirin did you guys go through! A concerned public DEMANDS to know!

        1. FROTHY

          I don't think we got the video hookup working until after their Weekend o'Lust, you know. That woulda been right before Valentine's Day.

  11. teebob2000

    And everyone also knows about the wily Chinaman and their highly elevated IQs (the Orientals are nearly equivalent to us Occidentals), but with those slanty little eyes, they can't see very well so that knocks them down several points. They end up nearly down by the Darkie, and can't dance to boot, poor bastards.

    1. FROTHY

      What about all those South and Southeast Asians? VN basically catapulted from the 17th century straight into the 21st, survived the most incredible fucking bombing, and is now just a booming little powerhouse. And India graduates more students (highly intelligent and qualified to boot) every year than the US.

      Those are some pretty smart people, who have mostly been held back by the imbalance of arms. Judging from the brilliance of Nigerian computer scams, Africa is fast catching up. This coming century is going to be very interesting.

        1. FROTHY

          Change is painful, and tough. I've already had to deal with so much of it in my life. I don't envy the ones I'll soon be leaving behind. The *pace* of change is increasing each year, too.

          But like you, I'm not going to be shedding any tears for the last buncha bastids that fucked things up. Hopefully, the new peeps will have some good ideas.

  12. owhatever

    Give a monkey a typewriter and he's still a monkey. Give a racist a publisher and he's still a racist.

  13. mrpuma2u

    Nevermind, frothy creamy Ricky, that school systems with abstinence-only sex-ed programs (thank you GWBushwacker!) had the highest rates of teen pregnancies.

  14. owhatever

    Also, I was fascinated by the debate question "Do you favor birth control?" It is a yes or no thing. The Republican audience erupted in anger and Newt Gringo launched an attack on the media (big surprise there). Not one of the four candidates answered the question.

    1. FROTHY

      How could they have? If they had said "Yes," those troglodytes would have torn them to pieces, and they would have lost the nomination. If they had said "No," they might have won the nomination, but would *certainly* lose the general.

      Polls are already showing female voters turning away from the Repugs. Current line from the "pundits" is that's what's responsible for Mittens' sudden 20-point drop behind Obama.

  15. savethispatient

    In the debate, he was pushing for more abstinence education to solve the whole teen-pregnancy problem, yet didn't we try this under GWB and didn't the teen-pregnancy rate go up as a result? Way to pick dogma over results, Santo!

      1. Loaded_Pants

        I remember that article. My only thought was: "Why don't they just force the girls to marry their fathers and be done with it."

      2. savethispatient

        I just wish the last US census had these two questions:
        – Did you go to a Purity Ball?
        – Are you currently pregnant?

  16. subsum

    Is David Axelrod or Mark Penn or whoever is running Barry's campaign taking notes? This is pure unbridled 30-second-ad gold!

  17. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    What you don't understand is that Santorum has been briefed by the CIA about their secret plan to sale phony contraception to the minority communities so that they will have out of wed lock births, keeping their IQ's down.

    Clearly, Santorum is going for the endorsement of the New Black Panthers Party. Possibly from both of them!

    1. tessiee

      "secret plan to sale phony contraception to the minority communities so that they will have out of wed lock births, keeping their IQ's down."

      Yeah, but then they'll outnumber the Real Americans [tm]!!!

  18. BaldarTFlagass

    Well, if 103 is the average IQ of a white person, that means half of the white people have IQs less than 103. Roughly half the white people in this country are Republicans. Do you see where I am going with this?

  19. SayItWithWookies

    Rick has proof that banning birth control will cut teen pregnancies — you'll notice that you never see any pregnant altar boys, right? Now shut up and let him give the rich people your money so that you can become wealthy.

  20. CogitoErgoBibo

    Nothing gets this field of GOP idiots riled up more than the idea of people having sexxy time just for fun. If they're not allowed to have out-of-wedlock jungle love, then none of the rest of us should be allowed to. Typical "I can't have your vagina, so no one else can have your vagina" thinking. And seriously, they absolutely cannot have my vagina. Ever.

  21. flamingpdog

    One could also say his interest in this book just proves once again that Rick Santorum doesn’t care about blah people or anyone else except wha people, because, hi, Title of Book.

    Sorry, Liz, but what his interest in this book just proves again is that Ricky is easily the most stupid person to have run for the Republican Presidential nomination since forever. Rick Perry would have graduated magna cum laude from Santorum University; GW Bush is Rhodes Scholar material compared to Frothy. If brains were dynamite, Rick Santorum couldn't blow his own nose.

  22. Mahousu

    Frum pulls out the perfect quote from Murray's book:

    Data can bear on policy issues, but many of our opinions about policy are grounded on premises about the nature of human life and human society that are beyond the reach of data. Try to think of any new data that would change your position on abortion, the death penalty, legalization of marijuana, same-sex marriage or the inheritance tax. If you cannot, you are not necessarily being unreasonable.

    Of course, by definition you are being unreasonable, but put that aside. Murray has described Santorum and his type perfectly.

    1. Spurning Beer

      Hypothetical data that could change my mind:

      – If cannabis caused lung cancer or birth defects at a non-trivial rate
      – if the inheritance tax resulted in decreased net tax revenue and employment over 20 years
      – if the death penalty significantly deterred violent crime, and no innocents were ever executed
      – if the legal availability of safe abortion produced a permanent Republican majority in both houses of Congress and a permanent Republican presidency

    2. tessiee

      "abortion, the death penalty, legalization of marijuana, same-sex marriage or the inheritance tax"

      Does it strike anyone else that inheritance tax is surely the wallflower at that party?

    3. deanbooth

      I know what would change their minds:

      * A daughter getting pregnant from rape
      * A nephew being railroaded in a murder trial
      * A son busted for pot
      * A personal medical problem leading to bankruptcy and homelessness

  23. JustPixelz

    Rick Santorum says anthropomorphic climate change is a "hoax" and is the product of "political science", not "real science". Yet he accepts the Bible is authoritative for public policy — without proof! He doesn't even demand (or offer) proof that God exists. I guess his IQ isn't as high as the blah people Murray uses in his "science".

    (God works in mysterious ways. NO WAIT! God slavishly obeys the laws of physics and probability.)

    1. tessiee

      I love how the best that the climate change denial folks can come up with is, "It's a hoax". Besides the fact that "Nuh UH!" was a lame comeback even in second grade, a hoax perpetrated by whom? To benefit whom? The guy who picks up my recycling? Because he doesn't look very rich or powerful to me.

  24. Jukesgrrl

    Apparently Senator and Mrs. Mix, parents to eight, were unable to master the Catholic rhythm method of birth control, so how does he expect people with even lower IQs to do it?

  25. UnholyMoses

    Murray is the author of a book called “The Bell Curve Niggas Be Stupid And Shit,” …

    Fixed to reflect what the book actually says (or, reads, I guess).

  26. BarackMyWorld

    I really want someone to show Rick the evidence that demonstrates how reducing unwanted pregnancies has helped reduce the crime rate.

  27. mavenmaven

    Charles Murray may not know the cause for the collapse of the white working class, but we can certainly attribute a role to the shoddy quality of its leadership. Santorum is an excellent example.

  28. Antispandex

    "…a book called “The Bell Curve,” which apparently “argues that black people score lower on IQ tests because they are genetically inferior to whites.”

    You're sure that's not The Book of Mormon? Oh, no, right, that's the other guy. You can't tell those Teapublican racists without a score card these days.

  29. LiveToServeYa

    That hunting outfit is a pretty good contraceptive all by itself, especially for a man so high on the Dumbbell Curve.

  30. Slim_Pickins

    The Constitution forbids religion tests, but it doesn't say anything about intelligence tests, How about the republican retards releasing their ACT/SAT scores? I bet Squeaky Santorum is at least 6-sigma below the mean.

  31. not that Dewey

    Many years ago my father was taken in by The Bell Curve (he's since recovered from that unfortunate spell). He wanted me to read it. I told him that I would only if he read Stephen Jay Gould's The Mismeasure of Man. He did; I did. He was swayed; I was not. Reason won out.

  32. ttommyunger

    Frankly, until I saw this pix of Little Ricky, I would not have believed a man could pose with a fucking shotgun and look gay.

  33. Biel_ze_Bubba

    According to another leanred commentator on the subject, "Three generations of imbeciles are enough."

    Is Ricky first or second generation?

  34. Negropolis

    It's not that Rick and people like Rick don't care about Blah people; it's actually that they care too much and in all of the wrong ways. So long as Blah people are a "problem" that needs "solving", we can't even start and honest conversation.

    When Rick & Co. starting recognizing us as a people like any other rather than a problem, then we can talk. Until then, the Republican Party can kiss my black ass…figuratively, of course, 'cause I don't want them anywhere near me.

    Sometimes, in a revenge fantasy, I wish wealthy african americans would obsessively patronize and concern troll poor white people, just so they can see how it feels. But, then I imagine how much of a crippling and exhausting existence it must be to constantly look down your nose at other people.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      "But, then I imagine how much of a crippling and exhausting existence it must be to constantly look down your nose at other people."

      Unless it comes to you naturally. Or should I say, nurturally. "White America" is in the "state" it's in thanks entirely to white Americans – in particular those who deliberately embrace superstition, fear, and ignorance, and noisily demand the right to pass those charming traits on to their children. The day they become a true minority (the day that most terrorizes them) will be an important milestone.

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