Santorum “N” Words President Obama

Janesville, Wisconsin — “Ni…” may be a joke Mel Brooks pulls off in his movie, “Blazing Saddles,” seeming to catch himself mid-word referring to the new, black sheriff standing within earshot.

“Nig…” is definitely not a joke when Rick Santorum uses the word to denegrate President Obama in a campaign speech on Tuesday in Wisconsin.

We know Rick Santorum is a raging theocrat, denigrating the First Amendment’s separation of power between church and state, and going to the extreme by saying John F. Kennedy’s famous reaffirmation speech of this principle made him [Santorum] “want to throw up.” We know Rick Santorum is a blatant misogynist, as well, holding no regard for a woman’s ability or rights to make choices of conscience for herself regarding abortion and affordable access to contraception.

In Wisconsin on Tuesday, Rick Santorum revealed another facet of his dubious character; he is a racist.

About thirty-five minutes into a long and rambling speech in Wisconsin Tuesday morning, Santorum unloaded: “We know the candidate Barack Obama, what he was like – the anti-war government nig…, er the er the, America was ..uh.. a source for division around the world….,” as he stammered on.

Below is a twenty second segment of the speech where Rick Santorum uses the “N” word in reference to President Obama.

What is disturbing is how easily the word, “nigger,” rolled off Santorum’s tongue during his campaign speech. It may be possible that Santorum felt he was among friends and relaxed a bit too much, revealing a less than savory side of his bristly nature.  Santorum did manage to catch himself and pinch the end of the word off, albeit too late, leaving no doubt about his vocabulary and how easily the “N” word comes to Santorum in thought and speech.

There have been hints, both subtle and not, of racism with respect to Obama, the man, and President Obama, the policy maker. Last year black congressmen were call “Niggers” by Tea Party advocates on the steps of the capital.

Perhaps in times of national stress, unnecessary costly wars, and economic crisis, people’s normal “behavioral overlays” become frayed or are insufficient to hold their emotions which come to the surface. Some people react out of fear, whatever those fears may be. Some, as Eric Hoffer wrote of, are pushed by reason or led by a cause. It has been my experience that most people make choices emotionally and only then attempt to justify their choices rationally.

There have been hints, both subtle and not, of racism with respect to Obama the man and President Obama, the policy maker. Perhaps in times of national stress, unnecessary wars, and economic crisis, people’s normal “behavioral overlays” become frayed or are insufficient to hold their emotions, which bubble to the surface as they did with Santorum. Fearful people react out of fear, whatever those fears may be. Most people make choices emotionally and only then attempt to justify their choices rationally, as the irrational Santorum clearly does.

The electoral demographics are moving away from white, conservative Republicans. A black man was elected President, something unthinkable forty years ago and highly improbable only twenty years ago. The social milieu has changed faster than many conservative’s ability to adapt to these changes and a great many have become fearful.

Alvin Toffler, who wrote “Future Shock,” would call these fearful people “Future Shocked” (what else?), people for whom the rate of change in their world far exceeds their ability to adapt to the changes going on about them. As time goes on, their world becomes less and less familiar and they are left further and further behind until they have extreme difficulty in recognizing, dealing with, and integrating current reality into their lives.

Ultra-conservatives such as Rick Santorum, Jim DiMint, and Tea Partiers, ever increasingly feel more lost and “disconnected” as time goes on. Like Santorum, this makes them demonstrate extreme and inappropriate behaviors as a response, the usual Tea Party antics and craziness that makes the 6 o’clock news – tea bags glued to their foreheads, calling black congressmen “niggers” in front of the senate, or flamboyantly strutting about with loaded weapons at Tea Party rallies.

Rick Santorum, though relatively young, demonstrates his fears in many ways: his fear of Satan attacking academia and smart people, fear of woman being able to make choices of personal conscience, or fear of gay people corrupting the country. Santorum’s list of fears is long, indeed, for at heart, he is a fearful person. Racists, on some level, always are.

Eric Hoffer describes Rick Santorum with preternatural accuracy in two of his famous quotes. Unfortunately for the country, Hoffer describes both the Tea Party and the current Republican Party, as well:

“A doctrine insulates the devout not only against the realities around them but also against their own selves. The fanatical believer is not conscious of his envy, malice, pettiness and dishonesty. There is a wall of words between his consciousness and his real self.”

Eric Hoffer, The True Believer (1951)


“Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Thus people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both.”

 Eric Hoffer

It is time for Santorum to wend his twisted path into the political obscurity he most assuredly warrants and deserves. And it is well past the time for Republicans to jettison the fearful extreme of their party; they are too far gone, “future shocked,” to ever to find their way back to comprehend and come to terms with the modern reality, today, that confounds, angers, and confuses them.

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Comments

  1. claire says:

    This is the first I’ve seen this! Why wasn’t it more publicized? So glad this guy didn’t keep going…there are large groups of people who are against Obama simply because he is black…not that he is a Democrat…just ’cause he is black. Everyone skits this issue but it is there…and slips like this prove it. Disgusting….

    • Bart Nedelman says:

      Racism is an issue even the news outlets are afraid of. Santorum appears to me to be a guy full of rage; do you think the devil could be making him do it?

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