As Promised: Rick Santorum’s Speech, Last Night: “I’ve Survived The Challenges So Far By The Daily Grace That Comes From God”

Rick Santorum gave a great speech at his post-Iowa caucus party at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, Iowa, last night. He ended up placing 2nd, falling just eight votes short of Romney.

I promised that I would put it up when it became available, so for those of you who missed it, here it is:

May God continue to bless him, because when it comes to challenges – he ain’t seen nothin’ yet  – his shoe-string budget vs the  $1 bil Barack/Axelrod Chicago machine is going to be a David against Goliath scenario.

The Political Ticker reports: Santorum raises more than $1 million in one night.

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5 thoughts on “As Promised: Rick Santorum’s Speech, Last Night: “I’ve Survived The Challenges So Far By The Daily Grace That Comes From God”

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  2. If God wants him in the WH, there’s not a whole lot Mitt, the LSM, Obhammud or anyone else can do to stop him. And IF God wants him in the WH, it’s gonna be fun watching the apoplexy coming from the aforementioned people/group.

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  3. Literally “Oh God!”. Even Tim Tebow doesn’t claim that God affects the outcomes of his games. He gives glory to GOD for his talents that he bestowed upon him and channels strength from that and keeps his humility as an act of deference. I am SO suspect of politicians that invoke divine intervention in their campaigns and it reeks of opportunism by a career politician. I prefer politicians that wear their religious beliefs on their sleeve and act consistently with that religion without the hyperbole. I’m not saying Santorum is doing this but some of his supporters that I’ve heard and read are.
    I would ask these same people; “How do we know that there wasn’t divine intervention to make Romney lose in 2008, divine intervention to make Obama show his true colors, and divine intervention that made Romney win by 8 votes in Iowa? Maybe God wanted the American people to suffer and experience pain so that we could understand that we have to rally behind another Christian Mitt Romney. God had a plan for Mitt Romney. He made him make mistakes and learn from them so that he could save the last bastian of freedom in the world at this critical time. God wants him to suffer, afflicted his only love with a disease so that he would remain humble, grounded, and able to suffer the slings and arrows from people that should be supporting his effort to restore our nation at this dire hour. GOD used popular spokesmen of other faiths like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin to scorge him unfairly on a daily basis so that he would grow stronger for the fight that was coming.
    Sounds pretty creepy to people that don’t support Romney doesn’t it? Romney is a devout Mormon and Christian yet he doesn’t use it to get votes. I expect the others to do the same although I see they have done just the opposite. I’m a Catholic and am old enough to remember when JFK ran as the first Catholic for president. He was in the same position Romney is in today. Let’s stick to the issues. GOD will do what he wants to do with whomever he chooses.

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  4. Well, Dave, the Bible doesn’t speak to football, but it does mention specifically that rulers rule only by the grant of God. That doesn’t mean God picks the best for the job or the kindest, it only means that whoever rules does so at the mercy of the Almighty.

    And I haven’t heard Santorum say he’s the one God picked. I’ve only heard him say he believes, and that he believes he’s doing what God wants him to do, and that is run and run the best campaign possible, and God will decide who fits best in His plan.

    And if you reread my first comment, you’ll see I wasn’t saying Rick was God’s choice, I was just saying that if he is, it’ll be an amusing campaign watching all the frenetic frustrations of the other campaigners, especially that paragon of Christian values, Mr. Obama.

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  5. I am SO suspect of politicians that invoke divine intervention in their campaigns and it reeks of opportunism by a career politician.

    How about ones who invoke it in the exercise of their duties?

    Benjamin Franklin, speaking at a particularly rough point in the Constitutional Convention:

    In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor.

    To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
    I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service-

    Thomas Jefferson, From His Second Innaugural Address:

    I shall now enter on the duties to which my fellow citizens have again called me, and shall proceed in the spirit of those principles which they have approved. I fear not that any motives of interest may lead me astray; I am sensible of no passion which could seduce me knowingly from the path of justice; but the weakness of human nature, and the limits of my own understanding, will produce errors of judgment sometimes injurious to your interests. I shall need, therefore, all the indulgence I have heretofore experienced — the want of it will certainly not lessen with increasing years. I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old, from their native land, and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with his providence, and our riper years with his wisdom and power; and to whose goodness I ask you to join with me in supplications, that he will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures, that whatsoever they do, shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations.

    I could go on, but I usually like pointing to these two men especially, when I encounter someone who is griping about politicians invoking God in any forum or circumstance.

    As a practicing free-range Christian, I am suspicious of anyone who claims that God is on our or their side, but that isn’t what Senator Santorum said. His statement was a recognition of a basic belief held by most if not all Christians; That all that is comes from God, and if our circumstances are favorable or beneficial, they are only so do to the grant of grace that God provides each day. The only reason I find for any discomfort at his statement is that there are many who are not mature enough in their faith to know that ALL things come from God, and that sometimes bad things occur too, and that may not necessarily be a measure of his favor at any given time, and may not in fact have anything to do with us. Nevertheless, these are the moments when a sincere faith requires us to trust, and act against our nature. This is the other part misunderstood by so many.

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