Rick Santorum Enters The Paranoid Fantasy World Of World Net Daily

Author: December 3, 2012 2:20 pm

Rick Santorum with fire and Mayan apocolypse disk.Most has-been Republican politicians like Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee cash in by joining Fox News but I guess they are just too “fair and balanced” for former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum. He’s casting his lot with Joseph Farah and the band of doomsayers and rumor mongers at the paranoid circle jerk called World Net Daily (WND). They are perhaps most famous for their various Obama conspiracy theories which expand on the mundane birther fantasies to include stories that imply that our president could also be a  a gay, commie, muslim, Indonesian bastard, also known as Harrison J Bounel, who dealt drugs as a teenager, stole the election from Hillary Clinton and tried to destabilize the country of Kenya.

But that’s just a fraction of what the WND site has to offer. They also provide articles on various apocalypse scenarios, the muslim menace, and the global warming hoax, along with handy links to books and videos on these topics that can be purchased online at the WND Superstore. Rick Santorum chose to attack one of the WND’s favorite evil entities, the UN, in his first foray into journalistic waters.


In voicing his opposition to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Santorum’s main objection seems to be a statement in section 7 that says, “In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” In Rick Santorum’s world this means that the UN will ultimately decide what is best for disabled American children and the parents would have no say in their own child’s life. But according to Think Progress, that’s not what that section means at all.

The specific article that Santorum is concerned about actually ensures that disabled children are not separated from parents against their will or on the basis of their disability or a parent’s disability. Only in cases where a judge determines a child is being abused or neglected would a separation be allowed. This is more or less identical to the U.S.’ current policy, which Santorum himself acknowledges.

In fact, as Dana Milbank points out, the treaty requires other nations to model their laws on the Americans With Disabilities Act, which already forbids discrimination based on disability.

Okay, so maybe Rick’s argument is illogical and full of holes that you could drive a Mack truck through but hey, I think we should give him a break. After all, it’s unfair to expect him to hit the heights of journalistic skill demonstrated by his fellow columnist, Chuck Norris, on his first try.

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