2012: Santorum, Other GOP Candidates Vow to Ban Porn – looks like PORN is a TOP POLITICAL ISSUE NOW!

courtesy philidelphiaweekly.com

Only because all other problems have been solved, at least three Republicans still playing the primary field—Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich—have vowed to get “tough on porn.”

Why porn? Lots of reasons. Through a FAMiLY LEADER pledge both Rick Santorum and former candidate Michele Bachmann signed, the candidate promised to uphold “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 coercion or stolen innocence.” Plus: Porn kills families. Corrupts children. Makes men less interested in their wives. Makes women less interested in their husbands. The usual stuff.

When asked to clarify the FL statement, since it’s, well, stupid, the group’s leader Bob Vander Plaats (who endorsed Santorum in Iowa) said he actually meant porn which the women were forced into doing — so you’ve got to assume he’s just fine with, really, anything Chasey Lain has done on film. But that hasn’t stopped candidates like Romney, Santorum and Gingrich from making the case out on the trail. Think Progress has the recount of statements made by all three candidates, speaking to Morality in Media, a national organization “opposing pornography and indecency through public education” claiming “most available hardcore adult pornography” is illegal in the U.S., due to existing obesity laws.

Former Senator Rick Santorum: “Federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced. If elected President, I will appoint an Attorney General who will do so.”

Former Governor Mitt Romney: “(I)t is imperative that we cultivate the promotion of fundamental family values. This can be accomplished with increased parental involvement and enhanced supervision of our children. It includes strict enforcement of our nation’s obscenity laws, as well as the promotion of parental software controls that guard our children from Internet pornography.”

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich: When MIM’s Executive Director Dawn Hawkins asked former Speaker Gingrich if he will enforce existing laws that make distribution of hard-core adult pornography illegal, he responded: “Yes, I will appoint an Attorney General who will enforce these laws.”

This would, of course, be increasingly difficult with the existence of the Internet and its ability to provide free porn to anyone, anywhere, at any time on computers, phones and tablets. As noted here, a ban on porn would likely create an underground, illegal industry still used by the 40 million Americans who currently view porn each day. Not to mention the safety hazards for those involved. Either way, it’ll be hard to win the presidency when you lose “we watch porn” vote.

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