It's not like Rick Santorum hasn't done enough lately to prove he's too ignorant, mean-spirited, arrogant, deluded, and out-of-touch to be president of a local Elks lodge, let alone the United States -- now a series of vile comments the politician made back in 1994 are resurfacing. The topic? Single mothers.
(I guess that makes sense, considering the new bill proposed by a Republican legislator which would declare single mothers a "contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.")
I wasn't a mom yet in 1994, but now that I am, I'd like to respond to these hateful accusations.
Dear Rick Santorum,
I am a single mother. I'm also a registered voter. Guess what, Rick? Lots of other single mothers -- I'm sorry, you would call them "breeders of criminals" -- are registered voters, too.
Guess what else? Thanks to the outrageously offensive things you said about single moms, I can pretty much guarantee not a single one of us is going to vote for you.
And that's not all.
I can't speak for all single mothers, but I can promise you that personally, I plan to go out of my way to convince every single human being I can possibly reach not to vote for you either.
Perhaps you think I'm overreacting? Perhaps you're forgetting the exact nature of your accusations. Allow me to remind you (these are just the highlights):
Most people agree a continuation of the current [welfare] system will be the ruination of this country. We are seeing it. We are seeing the fabric of this country fall apart, and it's falling apart because of single moms.
What we have is moms raising children in single-parent households simply breeding more criminals.
You also said what single mothers needed was politicians who weren't afraid of "kicking them in the butt." Additionally, you introduced legislation that would have required single mothers who had been on welfare for over two years to work at least 35 hours a week in order to receive benefits.
Of single mothers who wouldn't identify their child's father, you said: "If they don't give the name, they don't get any welfare."
I'd like to think that your stance on single mothers has evolved since 1994, but I doubt it. I do, however, take comfort in knowing the son of a single mother is currently in the White House -- a place you'll never be.
Do you think Rick Santorum's comments on single mothers will cost him votes?
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