3000 – 4000 Hear Santorum Speak In Forsyth County

GOP Hopeful Rick Santorum visited Georgia this evening delivering a 50 minute speech to an overflow crowd at First Redeemer Church in Cumming, the heart of Newt Gingrich’s old 6th Congressional district. The Church’s Pastor estimated the crowd to be 3000 people but other Church officials put it closer to 4000. In any event it was a large and enthusiastic crowd.

There were a number of elected officials in attendance, who were recognized by Senator David Shafer. Shafer has been named State Chairman of the Santorum Campaign. From memory those in attendance included: Congressman Rob Woodall, Niki Broun, wife of Congressman Paul Broun, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and his wife Suzanne, PSC Commissioners Chuck Eaton and Tim Echols, Senators William Ligon and Renee Unterman, Former Senator Jeff Chapman, Representatives Mike Dudgeon, Terry Rogers, Ed Setzler, Sam Teasley, and of course me, and former Rep. Mitchell Kaye. Several local officials were on hand as well; Forsyth Sheriff Ted Paxon, Forsyth Coroner Lauren McDonald III, Fulton Commissioner Liz Hausmann and John’s Creek Councilman Brad Raffensperger. Not all of these officials have endorsed Santorum (though many have), some were just there to listen.

During his introductory remarks Senator Shafer explained why he was supporting Santorum:

Rick Santorum understands that the breakdown of the family is more than just a social problem, it is an economic problem. He understands that children are best cared for not by government programs, but loving, intact families. He understands that the best way to help the needy is not with a welfare check but a job. And he understands that for America to remain a great country, we must make things.

PSC Commissioner Chuck Eaton, while not yet on the Santorum Team had this to say about the speech:

It was refreshing to hear a Presidential candidate dedicate so much of his speech to the Constitution and the proper and limited role of government.

If you’ve never heard a full Santorum speech I’d urge you to watch the video below. He hits on the themes which have caused me to support his campaign. Santorum is the only candidate pointing out that while our economic situation is serious, we have to look at the causes of our overspending: namely over-dependence on government services and programs to solve our problems. Fixing our budget deficit, cutting spending, and turning our economy around won’t solve our problems, we need to reform entitlements to reduce dependency. Another theme Santorum talks about I really like is when he says the Constitution is the “how” of America while the Declaration is the “why.” You cannot separate the Declaration from the Constitution and expect America to work the way the Founders intended. Plenty of nations have Constitutions like ours but they don’t have any document expressing the ideas expressed in the Declaration and as a consequence aren’t successful.

Rick Santorum In Cumming GA from Buzz Brockway on Vimeo.

15 comments

  1. John Vestal says:

    Yes, I think we all understand why Rick can’t stand the thought of The Constitution without tying it to The Declaration. After all, the Founders didn’t really intend on making The Constitution a completely secular document….they simply forgot. Maybe they were drunk?

    :>)

    • KD_fiscal conservative says:

      +1; The So-Cons and “Christan Nation” folks simply don’t understand the fact that the Declaration of Independence is not legally binding in any way, shape matter or form.

      • Mike Stucka says:

        Yeah, and when I wrote that the headline was about Santorum speaking in Forsyth. It’s since been altered. I’m rather aware of where Cumming, Forsyth County, and Forsyth city are located. Are you?

  2. Rick Day says:

    I wish I had something constructive to add, but alas, that may shock long time readers if I did so.

    I wonder if Romney will hold his Town Hall at the local Temple?

    TBH, I look at politics with a new set of filters. When they say “family” they mean “sexual freedom” (even sex with your spouse is a sin. Take a Beyer Aspirin, yo beech!). The old Patriarchy [re: recent congressional ‘hearings’ on women’s health religious ‘rights’ trampling by Our godless Spear Chucker in Chief] sees abortion, contraception, you know…FREEDOM…as a real threat to the current power structure.

    Santorum, like all the other White Men™ screaming about the ‘deterioration of the family unit’, is an apologist for The Patriarchy.

    Yeah, what we call “family” IS changing. Men no longer tell ‘their women’ what to do, how to discipline the kiddos and when she is to have dinner By God ready. The Alpha Male is being replaced by the Alpha Human, and the most steeped patriarchal entity, The Church™ is sending puppets like Sannnnnnnnnnnntorum to whip up the menfolk and the few subservient females to fight this Change We Can All Live With™

    Oh, and legalize cannabis, etc.

    When I can think of something constructive enough to counter my cynicism of Brand GOP™ you all will be the first to know. I remain a left leaning Independent. Give me something, ANYTHING as a reason to lean right for.

  3. freebird says:

    Buzz, I have to say that I’m terribly disappointed, almost horrified really, that you could support a candidate like Santorum to become President of the United States and leader of the free world. While I happen to agree that culture and values play an outsized role in the success or failure of civilizations, the Federal Government does not have the power to establish and promote cultural values for the country as whole. Even if it did, Romney is clearly an upstanding family man, and even Obama meets that test. The role of the Federal Government is more along the lines of the Hippocratic Oath. And, while I agree people should be familiar with the country’s founding documents (as well as our history, and a variety of other subjects), it’s not the Declaration that makes us successful. At the end of the day, all documents (even if they are great ones) are just words on paper – it’s our institutions (many of which exist outside of government) and the foundations of culture and values they stand upon that bring those words to life and imbue them with a power that the state cannot transcend.

    • Harry says:

      The Declaration of Independence and Constitution gave power to the people, not to institutions and government. How could a “Freebird” believe that “institutions” are the sources of the greatness and goodness? Culture and values as manifested by people are critical to the success or failure of civilizations; governments and institutions are only the structural details. I applaud Sen. Santorum for pointing out this critical reality.

      • freebird says:

        I’m speaking of the institutions of civil society, such as charities, churches, Kiwanis clubs, neighborhood and community associations, a vibrant and free press (including this blog), universities, etc. Many of these groups are formed through the free assembly of people in pursuit of common interests, protected under the 1st Amendment. Other important examples that exist outside of government and help check its power and/or fund civic education are the American Bar Association, the American Enterprise Institute, the ACLU, the Cato Institute, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Heritage Foundation, etc. In this country, the list goes on and on and on and on. All of these networks of informed and engaged individuals are what circumscribes, as well as shapes government power. It’s not the documents, it’s the people, whose power manifests itself through institutions of their own making . That is what I was trying to say.

        • Harry says:

          OK we both agree on the need for bottom-up, people-controlled organizations, and of course we may disagree on which institutions are the most vibrant and effective representatives of values, and indeed what the values should be. I’m very concerned about the breakdown of what are called family values in this society – not just US but worldwide.

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