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Santorum Suicide By Gasoline

The latest anti-Obama advertisement from Rick Santorum just doesn’t make sense. It characterizes a fictional “Obamaville”, two years in the future, that’s suffering because of Obama’s re-election.

One of the consequences of Obama’s 2nd term in office, according to this 30 second piece of fiction, is the rapidly rising price of gasoline. That prediction is accompanied by the picture you see below, showing a man pointing a gasoline nozzle to his head, in the manner that a handgun would be pointed by a suicidal man ready to blow his brains out.

rick santorum inept campaign imagery

What is it that this image is supposed to suggest? Is it supposed to communicate that, if Barack Obama is re-elected, gasoline prices will rise so high that Americans will be driven to suicide, and that therefore, Obama’s energy policies must be stopped?

First of all, I hope we can agree that it would be truly pathetic for people to kill themselves just because the price of gasoline is high. Gasoline just isn’t that important. If people do think that the price of gasoline is so important that it can merit a suicide, that messed up ideology is what we really need to fight against. It’s twisted for people to become so psychologically dependent upon a commodity that neither feeds them nor clothes them.

But, if Rick Santorum’s measure of a bad government policy is that it drives people to suicide, how come he hasn’t reversed his support for America’s endless wars? America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have led large numbers of Americans to commit suicide for real, not just in some weird political fantasy. So, how come Santorum opposed the end of the Iraq War, and now wants another new war, in Iran?

It’s strange to me that Rick Santorum would choose to use this particular image in a campaign ad, because what the picture shows is suicide through the means of gasoline. It looks to me like a statement that our dependence upon gasoline is killing our society. That’s a message that doesn’t support Santorum’s freak out about gasoline prices. It suggests that we all need to relax, walk away from the gasoline pump, and simply drive our cars less when the price of gasoline is high.

What we need, to deal with the problem of high gasoline prices, is some more self-discipline and self-reliance on the part of Americans. We all know that we don’t need to drive our cars as much as we do. The solution that’s truly in accord with traditional American values is not to construct more oil wells, but simply to walk.

13 comments to Santorum Suicide By Gasoline

  • NomNomNom

    I despise Santorum, but I definitely understand the selection of this image. That you think everyone can all just cut back more and are blissfully unaware that many if not most of us have cut back to the bone already, says more about you than him.

    • Andrew B

      @Nom: You understand the selection of this image!? Apparently, Repub candidates think that they lower gas prices by starting a war with Iran. What? Yeah, they think that starting Another war, with an oil rich country, will solve our oil issues. And Newt claims the magicians ability to get gas at $2/gal… @Nom, what does that say about them!!! The image makes no sense– but it is not designed to make sense. It is designed to make corn-eating billies in the midwest a little more scared of the black guy who is their president. Never mind that Obama has supported clean energy and US production of oil even-handily. Never mind all the good choices he has made. Never mind logic– lets spread some GOOD OLD FASHIONED REPUBLICAN FEAR! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/business/energy-environment/inching-toward-energy-independence-in-america.html

      • NomNomNom

        The image says plainly that the rising prices of gas are driving people to despair. And they are.
        I’m not republican. Nor am I a supporter of Obama who is very nearly indistinguishable from a republican. I don’t support any war, neither the open ones nor the clandestine ones: not George Bush2’s and not Obama’s. They are completely indistinguishable. Congress didn’t even authorize Obama to drop bombs on Libya or Yemen or send his pet terrorists into Syria: one can hardly say republicans made him do it. Nor has he or did he have a problem assuming the reins of the Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Iraq wars, nor yet continuing to run our proxies in Honduras and Haiti and undoubtedly more besides. I wasn’t fool enough to vote for Obama last time and I won’t be voting for him this time either. This does not make me afraid of the black candidate either: I voted for the real black candidate, Cynthia McKinney.
        There is no such thing as clean energy at present and it’s a lie to suggest that there is. Not oil, not natural gas, not biofuels, not nuclear, not solar, not wind, not wood. There needs to be an emphasis on better design and less consumption. The best solution lies there, not in most alternative energies under consideration and not in the ones we’ve got. Nor is there any correlation in our fuel production and fuel prices, fuel is a fungible commodity. It can be sold elsewhere for even more, and speculation by professional thieves can make the price whatever they desire it to be in any event.
        And as a descendant of 300 years of Appalachian citizens, let me say, Take your “billy” and stick it in your ear sideways.

    • If you think most Americans have cut back to the bone already, you probably haven’t visited another country.

      • NomNomNom

        Well I have, I’ve been to Egypt and to France (and a couple of foreign airports), but not in many years. I understand what you are saying and I don’t precisely disagree. But if you were to take the average citizen’s possessions to the pawn shop, you’d see that their abundance of “stuff”, is in the main not resaleable.
        Something like 1/3 of households are rentals and 2/3 are owned by the adult resident/s, but even there, nowhere near the majority have paid off the mortgage. Unless one owns his/her home outright, selling probably would not be a wise move because rents run higher than mortgages. One’s equity will last only so long (especially if one has no job).

    • NomNomNom,

      Cutting back to “the bone” does not mean downsizing to just Netflix instant download plus basic cable. People are still using their cars to drive rather than walk a half a mile. Car sharing, bus riding, walking, and bicycling are closer to the bone, and sorry, but most Americans aren’t doing that. They’re still sitting alone in their immense sport utility vehicles, idling in the traffic of clogged roads.

      That’s why the price of gasoline is still so high, and it’s also one of the reasons we’re continuing to see the climate move farther outside of the norm.

      • NomNomNom

        I am a homeowner with a mortgage half paid off, not underwater; but the furnace has been dead for 3 years now and I can’t afford to replace it, so I’ve had 3 winters with no heat but the one space heater I can afford to run. I do have a computer because my sister bought it for me (she also pays for its connection cost) when I was trying to go back to college. I had to quit because I could not afford to keep going; when the computer goes, it won’t be replaced. I don’t own a tv, a phone, a cell phone, an suv, a car, a bicycle; I do have the use of my father’s car for errands too far to walk or that require too much to carry.
        At present I have a part time job, not for want of trying to get more employment. I am trying to start a business of my own as well but it is not yet in operation.
        I tame feral cats and find them homes (20 years this August), but since the economy went south I’ve had no takers and none of the official rescue organizations will accept any of my cats. Whatever money I can raise goes first to the cats. Hell will freeze solid before I turn one of my pets over to the pound. You can call that a luxury if you like. There are people who do think in that fashion. In my household, we haven’t had a meal out in years, we can’t even afford fast food. I haven’t had a vacation in almost a decade. I have put in a vegetable garden and some fruit trees and shrubs for us and the wildlife, though not everything is big enough to produce yet. I also do grow fruit and nut tree seedlings to give away to anyone who wants them as long as they return my pots, but that is not a large expense. You can call that a luxury too if you want.
        There are plenty of people who are homeless in this country, far more who skip meals to feed their pets, I assure you homeless people do not have cable and hungry people are not idling in their suvs. I suggest you turn your gaze a little further away than your neighborhood.

    • Gus

      Wow doesn’t anyone know where this image is from?? Really?? It is a famous image used in protests all over the world but especially in Europe against the war in Iraq and against wars who motives surround oil and power. Maybe it did not appear in the US cause I am really surprised that people don’t seem recognize it.

      It is very ironic that a republican is using it.

  • OMG,

    Jim, you are right: Rick Santorium isn’t an nbC.

    This is from Free Republic by way of http://birtherthinktank.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/free-republic-tells-the-dianna-to-stfu-about-santorum-birtherism/#comments“>Birther Think Tank

    “Santorum birtherism is not welcome on FR. His father served in the military in WWII, aptly demonstrating his loyalty. There is also a document on the internet that shows Italy revoked Aldo Santorum’s citizenship back in the 1930s.
    There doesn’t appear to be a law, prior to Rick Santorum being born, that automatically made aliens serving/served in the military (WWII or other) U.S. citizens. Santorumm’s father, therefore, would have had to initiate and go through the naturalization process himself.

    The McCarran-Walter Act, 1952, made aliens who served for 5 years eligible to be perminant lawful residents:

    Act June 30, 1950, ch. 443, § 4,64 Stat. 316, as amended June 27, 1952, ch. 477, title IV, § 402(e),66 Stat. 276, provided that: “Notwithstanding the dates or periods of service specified and designated in section 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act [this section], the provisions of that section are applicable to aliens enlisted or reenlisted pursuant to the provisions of this Act and who have completed five or more years of military service, if honorably discharged therefrom. Any alien enlisted or reenlisted pursuant to the provisions of this Act who subsequently enters the United States, American Samoa, Swains Island, or the Canal Zone, pursuant to military orders shall, if otherwise qualified for citizenship, and after completion of five or more years of military service, if honorably discharged therefrom, be deemed to have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence within the meaning of such section 329(a) [subsection (a) of this section].”

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1440

    Furthermore, if in fact Aldo’s citizenship was revoked by Italy back in the 1930’s, that would essentially make his father “stateless” until his father went through the naturalization process on his own.

    The naturalization papers (proof) of Aldo Santorum is what people are demanding.

    The citizens of this country deserve to know if a candidate (any candidate, including Republicans) is eligible for the public elected office they seek.

    ex animo
    davidfarrar

  • Ralph

    Unfortunately, oil both feeds and clothes us. Many of the synthetic fibers we wear come from petroleum, and our industrial farm system is dependent on oil too.

    That’s exactly how a certain few people who are getting filthy rich of the deal want it.

    • NomNomNom

      Synthetic fibers also come loose in the washing machine and end up in the ocean as more non-biodegradable garbage; one’s own contribution may be small, but it all adds up. One more reason for natural and degradable fibers like organic cotton and hemp.

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