Keeping America Safe From…Porn

Inexplicably, a Republican campaign issue.  They want to build a new one; most of us prefer the original.

Inexplicably, a Republican campaign issue. They want to build a new one; most of us prefer the original.

This past week Republican muckety-mucks began working on their party’s platform in preparation for next week’s Republican national convention and joyful coronation of presidential candidate/circus ringmaster Donald Trump. Among the many issues they needed to address were important matters of the day like the economy, jobs, taxes, public education, health care, foreign affairs in general and threats like ISIS in particular, and much, much more. They also needed to address important Republican/conservative issues like abortion and the right to life, stem cell research, birth control, and other long-time bedrocks of the party’s philosophy – things that some of us might not necessarily agree with but are important aspects of Republicanism in the U.S. today.

But with all of that work ahead of them, the muckety-mucks took time out of their busy platform-shaping to address…pornography.

Yes, pornography.

Specifically, last Monday a committee approved the following statement for inclusion in the Republican platform:

Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and well-being. We applaud the social networking sites that bar sex offenders from participation. We urge energetic prosecution of child pornography which closely linked to human trafficking.

Yes, Republicans view pornography as “a public health crisis.”

And you know what? The Curmudgeon is willing to give that to them. If it’s what they believe then why shouldn’t they stand up for those beliefs?

But then…

What about easy access to guns? Haven’t we seen, all too clearly and all too often and all too tragically, that easy access to guns constitutes “a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions.”? And shouldn’t they “…encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and well-being”?

Nope. To today’s Republicans, pornography is a problem but guns are not.

Ladies and gentlemen: your 2016 Republican Party.

 

 

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