Michele Bachmann pledges to ban “all forms of pornography” if elected president
Michele Bachmann just became the first GOP presidential candidate to pledge to ban “all forms of pornography” if elected president in 2012.
Bachmann signed the promise yesterday in order to secure the endorsement of Bob Vander Plaats, an influential Iowa activist who is the CEO of The Family Leader. Vander Plaats is asking candidates who want his blessing to sign a 14-point document that targets homosexuality, Sharia law, and porn.
While much of the document is aimed at restricting gay rights, bullet No. 9 is pointed squarely at heterosexuals:
Humane protection of women and the innocent fruit of conjugal intimacy — our next generation of American children — from human trafficking, sexual slavery, seduction into promiscuity, and all forms of pornography and prostitution, infanticide, abortion and other types of stolen innocence.
That’s a lot to unpack! But you can bet that it involves closing strip clubs, adult book stores, adult advertising, X-rated movies, birth control pills, pre-marital sex, and probably heavy petting.
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued numerous rulings upholding that just about every kind of pornography imaginable is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution, the very document that the Tea Party and its Queen hold so sacred.
We await Bachmann’s further utterance in the hope she’s more specific than “I know it when I see it.”
Admirable stance Ms. Bachmann, admirable indeed…
Here is where my little *L* libertarian comes out. What about the Constitution?
Are you going to shred the U.S. Constitution in the process? I believe that you must if you have any hope of banning *ALL* porn.
OK…Ban it, and tear the Constitution up in the process.
You want freedom Ms. Bachmann, Don’t you claim to be a true Constitutionalist? Sure you do. Well, pornography is one of those freedoms that *some* people want. The Constitution either covers ALL or it covers NOTHING, you can’t have it 2 or 3 different ways.
This post was inspired by a discussion on Facebook where several people that support Ms. Bachmann want to see pornography banned, highly regulated, not accessible to anyone under a certain age (agreed on that one) and want to have ALL internet pornography set up so as to make it a PAID service only, one that requires a credit card to access in any manner.
If you have to PAY for porn, is that an act of prostitution?
My personal response to these people was, “Internet porn?? Ban it from adults?? What culture do you belong to exactly??
Monitor your children, their activities, BE a parent. Block the crap from YOUR computer, but BAN IT is a mantra libbers use when THEY hate something.”
You know the old drill; if libbers hate guns they want ALL guns banned, if a Conservative hates guns, they just don’t BUY one. The same logic applies to pornography, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Set your computer controls in a way that makes adult content an inaccessible option. Assume some responsibility for your children too, be a PARENT, not a buddy. Set their computers to where they can’t access it either.
That will work for about as long as it takes for YOU to leave the room.
The most repressive culture the world has ever known, Islam, has tried to ban porn, to NO success.
My Son spent a year in Baghdad and he told me that the Iraqis had a thriving black market for what was called *Hadji Porn*. He said that for $2.00 U.S. you could get a 2 hour long DVD of Iraqi women and men engaged in various acts of sex and perversion, not always with other humans, but, we ALL know that sex with a goat IS acceptable in the Islamic culture.
BAN ALL PORN? Anyone that starts screaming BAN this and BAN that, well, what does that equate to, freedom for thee but not for me??
I don’t give a damn who sleeps with who or what they do in their sex lives as long as they don’t push it off on me and tell me that I must do it or at least approve of it, I do NOT.
Do your thing at YOUR house, don’t do it in public. Get your groove on YOUR way and do it with CONSENTING adults.
I don’t think ANY normal person would want a child to see porn or BE porn, but here we are talking about an entirely different set of circumstances. Children and sex are a Taboo in most societies, and our laws reflect that. But you know, sadly, it doesn’t stop those that want to do so from finding child pornography.
I am NOT trying to make anyone accept MY views of morality, but here is where I have to draw the line with people like Bachmann; if I want to view porn, where is it HER duty to say I can’t or that I should pay for it??
During this same conversation on Facebook a person said this to a friend that was taking part, “I notice that you jump on things like this when it pertains to a candidate that you do not like, I just hope that you would sing the song had this been Rick Perry, and not Bachmann.”
My answer? “Yes, I would take issue with Perry if he were to try to limit MY choices in life.”
It’s not so much about it being Bachmann, it’s about the thought that folks LIKE her are always full tilt TALIBAN where morals are concerned. Bachmann, and many like her, want to dictate MY morality, and yours, and that is NOT acceptable.
Many shout IMMORAL or OBSCENE! Obscene is a matter of personal taste. To some the Renaissance nudes are obscene. It’s ALL about perception.
So, who determines what is immoral? Bachmann? Because she *knows it when she sees it*? Usually those who are shouting “Immorality” the loudest have the morals of a stick of gum.
I don’t want nor need Michele Bachmann, or her ilk, telling ME what I can or can’t see. I do NOT need to be a victim of *The Morality Police*, and their pandering to those on the religious right. That is obviously taking place here.
Remember, Bachmann and her husband can *Pray the Gay Away* for you. Yeah, sure they can.
I say again, if you don’t want to see it, don’t watch it. As long as it doesn’t involve underage kids, I have no problem with what ANY adult, or group of CONSENTING adults do in their PRIVATE lives, and if they choose to share those activities via the internet, and if other adults, CONSENTING adults, want to view those activities, so be it.