(6) QUESTION: Is that sex thing an aim or mean (for the Democratic Party)?
That’s a very good question. One of the issues that I always got hammered for was the issue of evolution. I was the guy who actually put words in the No Child Left Behind Act, which was our big education bill that passed back in 2001 or 2002 that reformed the education system. Well, I had an amendment, it’s a great story, I had this language, because what’s taught in our school system as a result of liberal academia, is evolution is an incontrovertible fact. There is no suspicion of it. It is decided science that cannot be questioned. There cannot be any doubts about it. If you have any questions or doubts, it’s trying to inject religion into the science classroom. So it is above reproach.
I obviously don’t feel that way. I think there are a lot of problems with the theory of evolution, and do believe that it is used to promote to a worldview that is anti-theist, that is atheist.
So one of the things that I did was that I had an amendment to the No Child Left Behind bill. Now in the Senate, these bills tend to take weeks to work themselves out. In the House, they pass things in hours on the floor. In the Senate it can take weeks and even months to get a bill passed. Well, the No Child bill was one of these big bills that took a long time, and they way they work through them is that eventually you get people to limit the amendments that they’re going to offer and then you put a time-limit on them. And then you cull them down. It just takes forever, but that’s how we do it.
We’re going through that process. We’re right toward the end of it. Limits have been closed off. There’s only so many left. It’s coming down to me and a handful of others. And I have an amendment that I’ve never showed anybody. You didn’t have to show your amendment. You just had to have one.
And all I told them was it was about life. With my background, reading the partial-birth abortion cause and the other pro-life causes, everyone says when I have an amendment about life, they’re saying “Santorum is trying to inject life into the classroom.” So I have this amendment that I have just titled “Life.” And Ted Kennedy calls me. He’s managing the bill on the Democratic side. He calls me and says, “Look, we want you to bring your amendment to the floor.” And I said okay, I could do that today. And this was the day before the bill passes, last minute, because I had waited till the end.
And when I got down to the floor of the Senate, here was every one of the pro-choice activists on the other side of the aisle standing there waiting for me. Barbara Boxer, Debbie Stabina, Maria Cantwell, Diane Feinstein, Hilary Clinton. They’re all standing down there waiting for me to come down with this pro-life amendment, that they are just gonna hammer me.
So I come down, and as Terry knows, it’s a two-sentence or three-sentence amendment that talks about…that we should teach about the controversy, the academic freedom. Basically, it was an academic-freedom amendment, that people should be allowed to teach the controversy.
So I hand this amendment to them. They go huddle back in the corner of the chamber, gathered around trying to figure out. And you see staff members coming in and out, in and out, running around, 10-15 minutes. I’m standing there, just hanging out on the floor. They’re looking over at me.
Finally, Kennedy comes over to me and lays the amendment there and says, “Okay. WE can’t figure it out.” I said, “What do you mean?” “We can’t figure out where abortion is in here.” I said, “What do you mean abortion?” He said, “You said your amendment is about abortion.”
“No.” I said. “I said my amendment is about life. It’s about teaching the origins of life, and that you should have academic freedom in the classroom when you’re teaching about life.” Pause.
“There’s nothing about abortion in here?” I said, “Ted, you have my word. This is absolutely not trying to use clever language.” Cause he does this all the time. He is the best at hiding what he really wants to get in language on amendments.
I said, “Ted, you have my word. There is nothing about abortion in this amendment.”
I said, “Nothing.”
So he goes back. Huddles again. Comes back to me about 5 minutes later and says, “Okay. We’ll vote the amendment, and you can put me down as a co-sponsor of it.”
Barbara Boxer gets up and questions me on this abortion thing, and I said, “Look. It has nothing to do with abortion. Barbara, you’re for academic freedom, aren’t you? You don’t want people to have teach one thing. You want people to teach the controversies?”
“Absolutely. Oh, academic freedom!”
So the amendment comes down, and it gets passed 91-6. Something like that. And the six who voted against it were all Republicans who didn’t want us to be messing around with curriculum in the classroom. They were against any kind of amendment having to do with curriculum.
And so it passes. The next day the Washington Post prints this story talking to the biology teachers of America, and they just go ballistic. Kennedy says, “I was tricked. I was fooled. I’m against this. I can assure you that this will never come out of conference. This is terrible that he did this.”
And to his credit, the guy that held the conference, he was chairman of the education committee, he made sure that the conference would not come out without this language was John Boehner (Senator from Ohio). Jon Boehner is the one who held it, and we have it in. As a result, all across the country people had to redo their education standards, and this issue has caused firestorm everywhere. So, little things.
I guess the reason I mention that is that I think that the mean is a greater thing. Sex is a means, evolution is a means. And the aim is a secular world. It’s a, my opinion, a hedonistic, self-focused world, that is in my opinion anti-American.
You’re a liberal or a conservative in America if you think the 60s were a good thing or not. If the 60s was a good thing, you’re Left. If you think it was a bad thing, you’re Right.
And the confusing thing for a lot of people that gets a lot of Americans is, when they think of the 60s, they don’t think of just the sexual revolution. But somehow or other — and they’ve been very, very, clever at doing this — they’ve been able to link, I think absolutely incorrectly, the sexual revolution with civil rights.
As if somehow or another, they came together. When of course, the civil rights movement was a religious-based movement that had nothing to do with the sexual revolution. But they happened at the same time, when you say the 60s was a bad thing, they say “You’re a bigot. You’re against civil rights.” So you have to be very careful. And the Left has used that coterminous revolution, if you will, as a way to protect themselves.