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Social Issues and the Santorum War on Pornography

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Rick Santorum has found an unexpected (to many) niche in the current campaign. Social issues are important, but they don’t compare with the more substantive issues, such as how to repair a failing economy, how to end the rising spiral of national debt and of course, how to manage the subtle matters of foreign policy. Any discussion of the wide range of social issues appeals to voters because in truth such discussion doesn’t require a great deal of dedication to the study of history and the theories of government. Social issues are a welcome topic in the living rooms, barrooms and barbershops of casual Americans. These are the Americans who are steadfast in their trust in government to manage the nation; to take care of We, the people. Rick welcomes discussion of abortion rights, of the impact of religion on our daily lives; he can discuss language matters in Puerto Rico without once mentioning the broader issue of states’ rights. Rick Santorum is comfortable with the social issues.

Many politicians today have noted the increased immorality in America. Sex in the workplace is a daily affair. Gay marriage and gay parades are seeing widespread approval. We are privy to a much broader range of sexual antics on television, even in situation comedies which condone a  modern swinging lifestyle. A few short generations ago, sex in congress without the sanctification of marriage was taboo; but it has been for many years now, and Barney Frank is still a Democratic Representative from Massachusetts, allegedly having been involved with male pages, and allegedly having run a male prostitution ring out of his home. So it should come as no surprise that the easily discussed topic designated immorality has become an important part of the Santorum campaign.

Santorum has a gift for making ultra extreme statements, yet escaping the attention of the press.  He has no qualms about saying that an individual whose morality isn’t Bible based has no morality. Santorum bases his candidacy on his moral familial presence. He freely concedes he  would increase the role of religion in government, and legislation.

Now the candidate has declared a war on pornography, saying that, if he becomes president, he will ban hardcore porn. He hasn’t yet defined hardcore. Santorum’s war would challenge all distribution of such pornography on the internet, on cable and satellite television, in motel closed-circuit television, in video shops, and through the mail. On his website, the outspoken former Senator from Pennsylvania refers to a “pandemic of harm;” pornography, he asserts “causes profound brain changes in children and adults.” Pornography, he says, is addicting.

While there may be a variety of ways to address and cope with any perceived rising immorality, to his credit, Sanctorum avoids citing religious premises, rather suggesting these are psychological issues.

The moral superman who supports waterboarding and torture doesn’t hesitate to acknowledge that under his administration, freedoms we take for granted would be severly reduced. Entitlement too would fall away. America would be a far cry from that which it is today. Under any influence from Santorum, America would move quickly and decisively in the very directions the Arab world is fighting and dying to overcome. The media serves us well, but editorial writings regarding the Santorum brand of  extremism  are few and far between.

It would be a defeat for freedom, and a step away from true Christianity if this family man were to prevail in his visionless quest, while declaring vision from a higher plane.

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  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/IanMayfield Dr Dreadful

    “Sex in the workplace is a daily affair.”

    I must not have got the memo.

  • http://jetspolitics.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    They haven’t noticed bees cross-pollenating different species of flowers yet, thank god

  • http://jetspolitics.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Update:

    LAFAYETTE, LA—Saying his campaign has “really dodged a bullet so far,” Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told reporters today that, much to his relief, no one has asked his opinion on interracial marriage. “No question about it, what I’d have to say about the topic would absolutely terrify anyone with a conscience,” said Santorum, adding that his longstanding and carefully thought-through views on whether two individuals of different races should be allowed to marry would put him so far out of the mainstream that it’d be “hilarious how insane [he]’d sound.” “The truth is, if anyone decided to ask me flat out if I approve of marriages between black men and white women, for example, the flood gates would open and the bile I would spew would sink this campaign in 10 seconds tops.” As of press time, reports of Santorum’s mere reference to his incendiary views had caused his favorability ratings in Alabama and Mississippi to skyrocket

    As reported by the Onion

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/IanMayfield Dr Dreadful

    You had me for a moment there, Jet…

  • http://2012Tax.org Steve

    I agree with Santorum on all the social issues that he likes to discuss on the campaign trail. But he is making a huge mistake discussing social issues on the campaign trail cause he will not get the independent vote that he needs to win the general election.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Go, Rick, Go! I really want him to be the GOP nominee – I really do! I want this because I love America…and because I love America, I want to see Obama reelected in a resounding landslide.

    Go, Rick, Go!

  • Igor

    The only valid reason the citizenry should be interested in any public persons sexuality is if it subjects them to blackmail by foreign governments or other powerful interests, such as corporations seeking favors through blackmail.

  • John Lake

    Interesting point, Igor.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Igor –

    Y’know, I strongly remember that being the same reason young sailors like myself were explicitly warned against ‘loose women’ (and homosexuality) during the Cold War – to protect us against blackmail by the Soviets.

  • Igor

    I thought everyone knew that. It’s so obvious and has been cited in government documents, and even in the fiction spy stories that are so popular.