Conservatives are sticklers when it comes to a lot of things in the current American society, but you wouldn’t expect a Republican presidential candidate to call the children of single mothers as breeders of criminals.

“What we have is moms raising children in single-parent households simply breeding more criminals.”

This is what Santorum has said in a 1994 Senate campaign.

While statistics show that children in single parent families are likelier to develop delinquent behavior and psychological problems, this does not automatically make single moms “criminal breeders.” Good education, loving guidance and a frank and open relationship between mother and child can break this stereotype.

And besides, there are plenty of criminals and delinquents in two-parent families as well. It’s not the fact that they have a mother and father that will miraculously make them upstanding citizens of society.

What’s worse is that he is reiterating that statement as recently as last October. Except this time, there’s a much more obvious political twist to his words.

He says that the political base of Democrats is made up of single-parent households. Why does the Democratic Party appeal to single parents? Santorum says that “Because it is so tough economically that they look to the government for help and therefore they’re going to vote.” He then goes on to promote two-parent families to ‘eliminate’ the desire for government so that Republicans can overtake Democrats in terms of numbers.

Really now, so Santorum is more concerned with building up the Republican Party’s “voter base” than actually caring about the concerns of all Americans? Now that single mothers under 30 outnumber their married counterparts and need more help than ever, they are not just a “political slice of the pie” but a very real group with unique needs and wants. Such obvious disregard for his fellow Americans is not something expected of a good Christian as he so loudly proclaims himself to be.

Religion aside, disregarding single mothers and labeling them as “crime breeders” is itself criminal. We need to take pride in our self-sufficiency and burning desire to work hard, yes, but we Americans cannot blame all our woes on one specific group of people.

That would just be scapegoating and fanning the flames of division in a time when we all need to step up and do our part – not point fingers.

Last updated: March 9, 2012 by & filed under Blog

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