One Single Mom to Rick Santorum: You're the Problem, Not Me

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rick santorumIt'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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Kritika Kritika

I know it sounds mean and I have a strong dislike for Santorum but there are studies that show children of single moms are more likely to end up in jail. I was raised by a single mom and have never been to jail and I don't have time now to find data but it was highlighted on teen mom just a few weeks ago...

abbys... abbysmomma2010

As the child of a single mother and mother to a two parent family child, this disgusts me. I'm with you in making sure that everybody knows what a moron this guy is.

nonmember avatar gross

i know a woman who became a single mother to two after her husband died of cancer. is she the downfall of society? far from it. what's the over/under on how long it takes billsfan and texasmom to jump on here and justify santorum's approach?

AliNo... AliNoelle

Rick Santorum makes me absolutely seethe. I've never seen a politician that I dislike so much. I know lots of single moms that are raising wonderful children. Shoot I was a single mom for 2 years before I met my husband and the last thing I needed was a "kick in the butt" when I was working full time and raising a toddler by myself. What a douchebag.

bills... billsfan1104

Gross, I am not going to defend what he said. All I am going to say is that this happened 18 years ago. If we want to keep bringing this up, then I am going to keep bringing up all the friends of terrorists that Obama has, or his relationship for over 20 years with a racist pastor and numerous other things that he has said or done in the past.

mamav... mamavaness

Kritika, yes you are right, single mothers tend to have criminal children. Not always, of course, but the statistics show it is a higher percentage. I personally know alot of people from single mother households who are in prison, just saying. Oh & my mom was a single mother too & I was kind of a wild child myself until I went to go live with my grandparents. Idk I don't agree with him & I def would not vote for him but he has a, kind of, point. Idk just my opinion.

Torra... TorranceMom


There's a name for your friend whose husband died of cancer. She's a widow, not a single mother. I seriously doubt this was what Santorum was talking about.

Procr... Procrastamom

You know, there are Liberal commenters and bloggers all over the internet who say things like "surely these women won't vote against their own interests and elect Santorum" or "Republicans have lost the women's vote".  Sigh.  You only have to look at the political threads on the Stir to know that that is simply not true.  I wonder if it's just a small subset of women shouting really loudly in favour of the Right or if there really are a whole lot of them that just don't get it.  Either way, it's sad.

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