Rightbloggers Denounce Rick Santorum's War on Porn -- As a Liberal Conspiracy

tomt200.jpgObama's coming up for reelection, and gas prices and unemployment are high. So why do rightbloggers concentrate instead on cultural issues like abortion, contraception and Rush Limbaugh's opinion of Sandra Fluke?

Some think it's because they're bunch of misogynists*. We think it's because they hate to lose arguments. When their heroes say something crazy, they're compelled to defend them, even when they know it's ridiculous. Can't let those libtards have the last word!

But last week many of the brethren found some gumption and opposed Rick Santorum's war on porn. This would be admirable -- had they not decided that Santorum was wrong because, by trying to stamp out porn, he had turned into a liberal.

Journalists at Forbes and elsewhere found a section on the Santorum campaign website called "Enforcing Laws Against Illegal Pornography," in which the GOP Presidential contender promised to strictly apply federal laws against porn "on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV, in retail shops and through the mail or by common carrier..."

Santorum also said that President Obama has "turned a blind eye to those who wish to preserve our culture from the scourge of pornography and has refused to enforce obscenity laws. While the Obama Department of Justice seems to favor pornographers over children and families, that will change under a Santorum Administration."

Santorum had a chance to backpedal on the porn crusade on the Sunday morning talk shows, but he doubled down instead ("[The Democrats] are exposing children to a tremendous amount of harm").

"Internet pornography could conceivably become a thing of the past if Rick Santorum is elected president," reported the conservative DC Caller. "...the government could also prosecute individual citizens who view porn, and already has the legal authority to do it."

In fairness, we must say that many rightbloggers didn't approve of Santorum's porn crackdown -- but not for the reason you might expect: They opposed it because cracking down on porn is, in their view, the liberal position.

Yeah, that seems weird to us, too. Liberals are notoriously pro-porn; why, just last week in the comments section to this column, we were repeatedly harangued by a troll yelling about liberals and their filthy porn.

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You have to understand: Those were different times. For one thing, people were still reading Time.
Indeed, rightbloggers are forever attacking liberals with stories like "LIBERALS: ACLU Wants Porn in Prisons" and "Put sex in any vile cultural product and liberals applaud," and putting out books like Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism is Corrupting Our Future.

Also, Obama has in fact called off the DOJ's porn hounds, probably in order to weaken the nation's moral fiber in preparation for a Muslim takeover. Republicans, on the other hand, sometimes require their own candidates (at both the local and national level) to sign anti-porn pledges. And when they want to sink a Democratic jobs bill, they just stick an anti-porn clause to it, as they know Democrats are no more likely to support it than a vampire is likely to kiss a crucifix.

But when Santorum took an anti-porn position that, research suggests, would not go over well among red-state males, rightbloggers suddenly decided Big Government could take away their porn when they pried it from their warm, sticky fingers.

"Statements like [Santorum's] latest show that he believes the government's role is to legislate morality and control choice," said Roaring Republican. "This is no different than what the left has been up to for the last century."

"Progressives are always out to make the world how they think it should be through the force of law and with the government's gun pointed at the citizen," explained Patriot Perspective. "Progressives brought us Prohibition, moral equivalents of war, and now Santorum shows his Progressive side again."

"The Latest Proof Rick Santorum Is No Conservative," announced Joshuapundit. "Regardless of how you feel about pornography, keep in mind that this is exactly how the Left behaves..stretching laws and engaging in selective prosecution in order to impose its morality on the general public." "Could Santorum One Up Obama and Impose More Regulations?" asked Aware and Prepare.

"The Ugly Truth About Mr. Santorum's Liberal Streak," wrote J.J. Jackson. "Now yes, I will concede that compared to President Obama, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul he certainly can seem very much so. But Mr. Santorum is hardly a real conservative."

Wow -- Santorum's more conservative than all the other Republican Presidential candidates, but still not a real conservative? This guy's hardcore! Jackson made his case mainly by assertion ("Rick Santorum, the socially liberal Rick Santorum I remind you") and sartorial metaphor ("Like it or not Mr. Santorum, the shoe of liberalism fits you like a glove. While the shoe of conservatism? Well, not so much." More his style: The kid gloves of authoritarianism!).

Jackson also informed us that Santorum "chastises the Obama Administration for, get this, not being liberal enough and acting far enough beyond the bounds of the Constitution to prohibit the 'scourge of pornography.'" We missed the part of Santorum's website where he accused Obama of not being liberal enough; maybe it's in the Director's Cut.

Randroid site The Objective Standard compared Santorum to the hated Jane Fonda. "Fonda wants to use the power of the federal government to shut down Rush Limbaugh's radio broadcasts," they wrote. "Santorum wants to use the same power to shut down internet pornography. Both Fonda and Santorum are enemies of freedom of speech."

The lesson is clear: Indulge Santorum in this liberal anti-porn crusade, and he may go completely left-wing and invade Iran.


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gocart mozart
gocart mozart

We shall shrink the size of government until it's small enough to fit inside a tube sock.

RPorrofatto
RPorrofatto

The war on pornography, scenes from the trailer. Working title: Pearl's Harbor.CU of soldiers in facepaint and camo, preparing for battle outside a Blockbuster.Sergeant Santorum (Ben Affleck): Bowser! Trimtab! You go full frontal! Bowser (Chris Rock): You know what I like, Sarge.Santorum: Jewboy! You come with me.Jewboy (Adam Sandler channeling William Bendix): Aw, Sarge, again wit da back door?They storm the building. It's abandoned, broken DVD shelves scattered on the floor.Santorum: Shoot! It's that damned Intertube. We gotta go higher up.

Ext. Supreme CourtCUT TO Santorum and his men flanking an office door, shrieks and loud moans coming from within. They burst into the room. Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas are goggle-eyed watching the ass-reaming climax of The King's Breech on a giant screen. Santorum averts his eyes as if scalded by acid.Sergeant Santorum: NO!Bowser (staring at screen): Man that is some nasty shit happenin' there.Jewboy: What's wid him?Sergeant Santorum (gasping for air): The...the FROTH! THE FROTH!Scalia (Wallace Shawn): Dulce et santorum est pro patria copuli, eh boys?(to be continued)

Bethany Spencer
Bethany Spencer

 And he didn't use a very eye-catching font, either!

The bigotry against Comic Sans rears its ugly head everywhere.

mchuge
mchuge

Even though Romney is the flipper flopper conservatives and libertarians both loathe, he really is the only mostly sane one who has a chance of beating Obama.

Jaime Oria
Jaime Oria

 "Like it or not Mr. Santorum, the shoe of liberalism fits you like a glove."

Errmm - shouldn't it fit like a shoe?  Perhaps there's a kink out there wherein you - or sexxy ladies - wear shoes on your hands (Rule 34 and all that...) but I'm not familiar with it.

Seerak
Seerak

So you've discovered that the Right, unlike the Left, is not monolithic - that it contains internal contradiction, tension, and genuine dissent due to fundamentally different ideas between its putative camps.

Big deal. As always with mainstream minds, you walk right up to the escape hatch, but you find it unremarkable and pass it by, because you don't know that you are in a trap.

Mrs Tilton
Mrs Tilton

The truth is, many on the putative 'right' [would] rather take a Romney mandate in the assAt least it's not being shoved down their throats. Progress!

Michael Caution
Michael Caution

Those on the right may try to parse words by saying Santorum isn't a conservative because of his stance on porn and using the powers of gov't to trample on individual rights. But that's where they're wrong; that is conservatism. Conservatism is not against big gov't in principle it merely wants it in moderation. Liberals and conservatives are just two sides of the same coin and that's why Santorum and Fonda on the surface make strange bedfellows but are really allies in spirit. People need to drop liberalism AND conservatism and uphold a philosophy of Individualism and its political corollaries of individual rights, liberty, and property.

Weldon Berger
Weldon Berger

I have to admit, I did not see this one coming. As it were.

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

Believe it or not, God is trying to sending America a message.

Who can question the Lord's wisdom in choosing Matt Drudge as messenger?

Greg McDonald
Greg McDonald

 The froth on the cake was the ad for Houston's First Baptist Church, snuggled up there at the bottom of your drama.  heheh  it says "tunnel level" heheh

Horatius
Horatius

 DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYummmmm, that was good. You owe me a pair of khakis, a Dell XPS, a Razer Naga gaming mouse plus medical expenses.

Tracy Mohr
Tracy Mohr

"Like it or not Mr. Santorum, the shoe of liberalism fits you like a glove."You know what they say - no glove, no love.

coozledad
coozledad

Shoes on his hands? I think they call that "slapping Mussolini".. 

lacp
lacp

Two wetsuits and a Romney mandate?

McSalmon
McSalmon

I am going to respectfully disagree with you here, because it is the only post of many that has to deal with the topic of the article. Conservatism are not for government in moderation, they are for government that treats them as privileged above the rank and file (i.e. everyone not from round here). Some approve of a new crusade to purge the wickedness of America like they were paladins rooting out witches, but I doubt most of the conbloggers want to end their access to a never ending stream of lady bits. So, how do some of them react? Some defend him, some attack him as if he were Not Of The Body, and the rest just want it to go away. This is all self-interested spin on an issue that has gained recent traction so they can protect the candidate they want to win and next week, no one will remember it. But it IS instructive to see the Right pretend they don't have a Purity Squadron when it's politically inconvenient.

The stuff about 'individualism and how awesome it is' I will leave, since this is vague platitudes not related to policy, or likely to be.

Phila
Phila

"Conservatism is not against big gov't in principle"

I might have a little more patience for libertarian "thought" if its adherents didn't sound like they'd just arrived on this planet last week.

"People need to drop liberalism AND conservatism and uphold a philosophy of Individualism and its political corollaries of individual rights, liberty, and property.

Oh, absolutely. 'Cause if there's one thing this troubled nation needs, it's more overentitled, terminally adolescent douchebags braying about "individual rights" as though it were some kind of ultimate argument-settler that had never occurred to anyone before.

You know what else would totally kick ass? Freedom!

Horatius
Horatius

 Uh oh!! We have a Paultard infestation.

lacp
lacp

Actually we already live under such a philosophy of individualism.  It's just that it only applies to 1% of the population.

Provider_UNE
Provider_UNE

Been awhile since I have seen a Libertaritoonian in the wild! It is quite clear that they see themselves as the HoneyBadgersOfFreedom™ while occupying the creamy center of the political divide.

Kind of cute in a way..

Bethany Spencer
Bethany Spencer

 People need to drop liberalism

Last time I dropped liberalism I couldn't find it for weeks. Turns out it had been hiding under conservatism's fat ass.

lacp
lacp

I thought it was a "Khrushchev reach-around."

Michael Caution
Michael Caution

I don't think we disagree. What I had written was Conservatism is for big gov't in moderation not just gov't itself, as the article points to Santorum's theocratic power-lust.

As for the Individualism I will point out that I am an Objectivist. I agree with the philosophy of Ayn Rand, Objectivism. Politically this means the recognition of an individual's right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. This is manifest under (laissez-faire) capitalism which is the only social system that does recognize and respect individual rights. Just for anyone with doubts I will point out that our current system is not capitalism but a mixed economy of mainly socialism and a little capitalism. Obviously this is merely asserted at this point but if you want a real proof of her ideas I suggest those interested read Rand's works both fiction and non-fiction.

Michael Caution
Michael Caution

Maybe you'd get more respect if you didn't trash other commentators w/ fallacious arguments from authority and mocking sarcasm. Next time you come across someone you disagree w/ try responding w/ an argument that addresses something they brought up. Then we might think there's more to you than a vacuous windbag blowing hot air!

Michael Caution
Michael Caution

Wrong. Thanks for playing try again. I have no interest in Paul or Libertarianism. I'm even more radical than him b/c I believe a woman has a right to her own life w/ the logical consequence that abortion is a right and I'm a strong defender in national self-defense meaning I oppose all forms of totalitarianism be they communist or inspired by Islam, Iran is the greatest threat to American life and needs to be destroyed.

Michael Caution
Michael Caution

The philosophy that has led us to our current state (economic and cultural) is collectivism and its political expression of statism. Its has many manifestations such as the welfare state, business subsidies and tax exemptions, bailouts, antitrust, eminent domain, dept. of edu., etc. A philosophy if individualism would inculcate a culture of reason and respect for rights. Even looking at the headlines you know that not to be the case today.

Provider_UNE
Provider_UNE

As for the Individualism I will point out that I am an Objectivist

Yeah, we got that, which is why we have been mocking you without mercy:

-- There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Deal with it!.

McSalmon
McSalmon

Well, if I am reading you rightly, and I think I am, you're saying that the conservatives only want government in 'moderation', but that this is just as bad as liberalism, because they both require some government that impacts on the rights of the individual. And if that is not right, then I would like to know where I got it wrong, before I continue the argument. Because I am quite the mensch and want to be absolutely sure that my basics are right before anything else.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Really?  Our system is "mostly socialist" and only "a little" capitalist?

Enlighten us, then, on where in the modern or historical world we should look for a pure capitalist model, because unless you can, this perfect system you dream about is a unicorn.

As for "Objectivism," that's just a fancy word for greed, as anyone who has emerged from emotional adolescence clearly recognizes.

Provider_UNE
Provider_UNE

Then we might think there's more to you than a vacuous windbag blowing hot air!

As a fellow traveler on the intertrons, I must warn you that the skidmarks on Phila's shorts (provided they actually existed) would best you in a cage match, blindfolded.

You think you are treading water and have yet to discover that you have gills..

Phila
Phila

"Mocking sarcasm"

Oooh, the very worst kind!

What I was implying, in my graceless way, is that formulations like "individual rights are the political corollary of individualism" are substanceless at best and really, really stupid at worst. The correct response to this criticism is not to whine about tone, but to say something that's actually interesting.

As I said, many political crusaders of your ilk seem to be recent immigrants to this ball of confusion. Here's a pro tip: When you ride forth to enlighten the Internet with your matchless wisdom, there's always a chance that people will make fun of you not just for having nothing intelligent to say, but also for being a humorless dick. Please do make a note of it.

Also, you seem to have no clue what an argument from authority is. Nine out of 10 licensed and bonded chiropodists agree that this renders your opinion invalid.

GeoX
GeoX

Wait a sec; I must've missed something: why again are we supposed to care if Mr. Claims-Not-To-Be-A-Glibertarian-But-Talks-Just-LIke-Them "respects" us?  If such a person respected me, I'd know I was doing something wrong.

DBake
DBake

Maybe if you could be taught to think conceptually, yes.

Does anyone have any idea what this is supposed to mean?

Spadizzly
Spadizzly

You must have me confused w/ some knee-jerk nationalist..

Your knees have nothing  to do with this, Randroid boy.  You need to go back and learn some history.  Go ahead  and Google "Mossadegh." and then explain to us why you favor a more Newtonian approach to US foreign policy.

gocart mozart
gocart mozart

By that logic, we have declared war on Iran since about 1958.

McSalmon
McSalmon

 ...which involves bombing Iran because they seized the embassy over 30 years ago.

Hm. Individualism is tricky.

Atticus Dogsbody
Atticus Dogsbody

"Maybe if you could be taught to think conceptually,"

You need some lube there, boy?

But, seriously, if you want to spew self-contradictory, pseudo-libertarian bullshit, be my guest. Just don't complain when your adolescent arguments aren't taken seriously... or with civility, dickhead!

Michael Caution
Michael Caution

You must have me confused w/ some knee-jerk nationalist because I most certainly do not approve of US foreign policy past or present. I advocate a *principled* (as opposed to today's relativistic, opportunistic, pragmatic approach) policy of national self-interest.

Spadizzly
Spadizzly

  "...I recognize that Iran has declared war on us since 1979 and has been acting on this premise ever since."

When making "historical" arguments, you really should exercise more Caution:

Here, I'll get you started:

What happened in Iran in 1953?What role did the US (and  UK) play in those events?How did the events of 1953 lead to the events  of 1979?

Go ahead now.  I'll wait.

Michael Caution
Michael Caution

Maybe if you could be taught to think conceptually, yes. Individual rights does not equate to pacifism. That would destroy rights as such. Rights must be defended against any would be aggressors. If you think defending your life is bad and that all cultures are equal then say so, be honest about where you stand or rather where you don't stand.

kevinh
kevinh

Yeah, nothing says, "individual rights" like bombing the shit out of people.

Michael Caution
Michael Caution

As I said I'm for self-defense and destroying threats to our national safety. As such I recognize that Iran has declared war on us since 1979 and has been acting on this premise ever since. If someone comes at you w/ a knife and you have a gun and can stop him would you shoot? For a lengthier discussion I suggest "The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest: A Moral Ideal for America" by Peter Schwartz and "Winning the Unwinnable War" by Elan Journo.

wileywitch
wileywitch

Oh. So you're into destroying nations, now. How cutting edge. Perhaps you'd like to dabble in genocide to ease your worried mind. 

lacp
lacp

Not to get overly personal, but are you related to Lemmy?

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