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Santorum Stresses Country Foundations, Family in Novi Speech

Rick Santorum spoke to Michiganders on Thursday about building America back up.

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum spoke to a house full of 1,400 Michiganders in Novi Thursday night, focusing on the importance of America’s foundations, family, and building a government from the bottom-up.

He spoke as part of the Oakland County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner at Suburban Collection Showplace.

Santorum began his speech by stating that he was excited to be back in Michigan, where his family has some roots. His grandfather worked in an auto factory in Detroit for two years when he first came to America, and like many Michigan residents today, he ended up losing his job.

He said his roots have helped him understand the foundations of the country and the importance of the industrial heartland of America.

“One of the reasons that I decided to get involved in this race is that I thought it was important to have someone out there speaking for folks who seem to be out there paddling alone in our society. Folks who have been left behind by our economy,” he said.

Santorum later went on to say that the people of Michigan helped build America by creating wealth and creating opportunities.

“It’s amazing what you’ve contributed to the greatest country in the history of the world,” he said. “You’re not done building. Your honor is at stake to stand up in this election and to do your duty to stand for the things that made us special. To stand up for the founding principles of our country – the things that bring us together.”

Foundations of America

One of Santorum’s main points Thursday was getting back to the foundations of America.

“We are a great country, not because we have a great government, not because we have a strong economy, not because we have a strong military. We are a great country because the roots of America, the foundation of our country is different than any other country in the history of the world. It’s a foundation based upon a document,” he said.

Santorum said the Constitution is the operator’s manual of America. He said that the founding rights of America come from God, and it’s the Constitution’s job to protect those rights.

He said that the government has been operating the guidelines of the Constitution and needs to get back to them.

Bottom-up government

Santorum said that he would not be in the presidential race if it were not for the issue of ‘Obamacare,’ a nickname for the health care plan pushed by President Brack Obama.

“This is the most important election of your lifetime. If we do not appeal Obamacare, if we do not stop the government from being involved in your personal decisions, if we do not reject the idea that government can create rights and then tell you how to exercise those rights, then we will be the generation that lost faith in the greatness of America,” he said.

Santorum said that the country could dismantle big government by giving the people responsibility.

“We need someone in this election, unlike in 2008 when Americans were looking for someone that they could believe in. We need a president who believes in you,” he said.

In addition to loosening government control, Santorum said that as president he would like to zero out the corporate tax on manufacturing so that America can better compete with other countries. He also talked about creating an energy policy that will ensure safe, reliable and plentiful energy.

“America is a great country because we believe in a great country being built from the bottom-up. A great society that trusts free people. One of the great things this country has shown the world is the ability of people, free people to change the world,” he said.

The importance of family

Santorum also placed a lot of emphasis on the importance of family.

He and his wife have seven children, ages 3-20.

“It’s not the best time for me to be running for president, but I’m running because, just like you, you’re concerned about your kids. You’re concerned about what you’re going to leave behind.”

He said that families are the building blocks of a free society, and that the best gift you can give the next generation is freedom. 

“What I am asking you to do is to pledge your honor. You stand on the shoulders of your parents and grandparents. Your duty is to uphold the honor of your family,” he said. 

Santorum said that Michigan will have an historic place in the upcoming election, and it is important to think about your place in history.

“Show America that you believe in yourselves. Show America that our better days are ahead of us. Show America that you’re not done building here in Detroit,” he said.

Yvonne February 23, 2012 at 06:51 PM
You're so right, Nonny, it's a page out of gwb playbook - when one can't win on the merits of one's argument because it's lacking any basis in reality or fact, then attack attack attack & then play the victim. No wonder we can't have actual dialogue with the extremists of the right-wing, there is no rhyme or reason, just "gut feelings." When will the sane Republican's take back their party? I miss those good, honest debates about actual things with people who actually know how to read and know actual facts.
Yvonne February 23, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Amen to that, Jerry! Be safe out there!
Really February 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM
George Washington was never a deist. Exactly 2 people called him that back in the day - both were insults. One was after his death. The Left has to push this deist lie - or their godless version of America does not hold water. There are over one hundred different prayers composed and written by Geroge Washington in his own hand, with his own words, in his writings.... he never once used the word “Deist” in his voluminous writings, he often mentioned religion, Christianity, and the Gospel. His own writing are by far a better source for this argument than some progressive university professor with an axe to grind.
Really February 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Joker - Read up on the practice of Religion in Washington's day and you quickly see that only a pastor would use the name "Jesus Christ" or "God" and then only during a sermon - serious practicing Christians actually made a serious attempt to not use nor write God's name. - If you want to read up on what Washington actually wrote and said himself, his journals, letters, manuscripts, and those of his closest family and confidants - and can handle 1200 pages - read 'Washington's Sacred Fire'. With 500 pages of footnotes - George Washington's own words - regarding his religious practice and faith. Washington never was deist - not even close.
Really February 24, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Daryl - Want to really know about the Treaty of Tripoli and the Jefferson Koran? Here is a bit of news few today can recall . . . . "By 1801, however, it became clear that the policy of appeasement had failed. The Pasha of Tripoli, who five years earlier had been satisfied with a payment of $56,000, now demanded increasingly larger sums. When they were not forthcoming, piracy resumed! The same held true for the other Barbary states. The Algerians received payments from the U.S. totaling $990,000 plus another $585,000 in 1793 to cover the ransom of 11 American ships. These were extraordinary sums for a nation with a budget of no more than $7 million, but the appetite of the Muslim states seemed to grow evermore insatiable." . And now you know some of the background behind the Treaty of Tripoli (blackmail) and Jefferson's Koran (research into the Barbary Pirate Nations).

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