by Randi Rhodes
posted Feb 21 2012 4:06PM
Yesterday, Rick Santorum said that liberals are “the anti-science ones” because they won’t use technology to its limits to exploit the wealth that can be obtained from the Earth. What science is that—the science of bio-finance? Rick said that “unlike the Earth, we’re intelligent and we can actually manage things.” Come on, Rick! How do you think the earth survived for 4 and a half billion years before there were any human beings around? Oh, that’s right... you think the Earth has only been here for 6,000 years. Rick thinks mankind has to rush in and save the Earth for its own good. Rick is proposing that we treat the Earth the same way that Mitt Romney and Bain treat the businesses they take over—just extract all the wealth and then get the heck out of there. Of course, the problem when you do that to the Earth is that it’s pretty difficult to abandon Earth after you’ve ruined it. And Earth can’t declare bankruptcy after we’ve drained all the oil and minerals out it.
Santorum was speaking in eastern Ohio, emphasizing his regional heritage as the grandson of a Pennsylvania coalminer. Rick said “we need someone who understands, who comes from the coal fields.” Rick, you don’t come from the coal fields, your grandfather did, two generations ago. There were no sweater-vests in the coal fields. Rick is a lawyer, an unregistered lobbyist, and a Fox News pundit. I’d say he’s pretty safe from contracting black lung disease.
When Rick Santorum is talking about putting man above the Earth, he’s talking the language of Dominionism. Domionists think that people have a God-given right to do whatever they want to do with the Earth. Combine that with the belief that corporations are people, and suddenly corporations are God’s stewards on Earth. A literal interpretation of Genesis plus Citizens United equals people who believe that God created Exxon-Mobile in his own image.
The Republicans are trying to mount a sexual counterrevolution. Of course, they want to do it without “mounting” it. Republicans want to control what we do in our bedrooms. What are they going to do when they find out we do it in other rooms too?