Skip to comments.Santorum Says He Would Enforce US Obscenity Laws That Obama Ignores
Posted on 03/16/2012 10:56:03 PM PDT by Steelfish
Santorum Says He Would Enforce US Obscenity Laws That Obama Ignores By NBC's Andrew Rafferty
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL -- Rick Santorum accused President Barack Obama of not enforcing the country's obscenity laws and said Friday that as chief executive he would crack down on illegal pornography.
Santorum found himself answering pornography questions during a stop at an Italian restaurant here after the discovery of a statement posted in his campaign website in which he asserts that "America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography." Recent reporting has shed light on the letter in which the former Pennsylvania senator vowed to "vigorously enforce" all the country's obscenity laws, though he said the statement was posted three weeks ago.
"We actually respond to questions that we get into our campaign when they say 'What are you going to do about these issues?' And when we respond we post them up on our website. And the response is, we'll enforce the law," said Santorum.
"I dont know what the hubbub about that is," he said. "We have a president who is not enforcing the law, and we will."
The candidate best known for espousing family values argues on his website that pornography causes changes in the brain to both children and adults, and contributes to violence against women, prostitution and sex trafficking. "The Obama administration has turned a blind eye to those who wish to preserve our culture from the scourge of pornography," he wrote.
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I’d prefer he focus his efforts dismantling the sex positive indoctrination provided by Obama’s homosexual “safe schools czar” who pushed a book detailing first-time experiences between young boys and adult males “who led to their sexual awakening”.
There IS crap for him to clean up that the GOVERNMENT is pushing.
But the parameters of the discussion have already been established by the media.
When the media pushes a meme, push back.
Barack Obama ALREADY has his religious police. What the hell do you think FORCING BY PENALTY OF LAW Catholic employers to provide 100% subsidized (no copay) birth control is?
A few thoughts:
1) Govt should enforce laws equally.
2) There are way too may laws.
Agreed. I still question why pass a federal law if we’re not going to enforce it.
Santorum is correct in that this is an issue that hurts this country. It starts out as a personal issue, but eventually becomes an economic one, as families are torn apart.
Again, I say, it will be up to Santorum on how effectively he deals with this issue as a presidential candidate. He has to get elected first. But how different it is that people are actually discussing the moral fiber (or the decline of it) of this country and its effect on the family, economics, etc. It’s simply amazing what is considered unpolitic in current elections.
Kinda like in the middle east..
This is also another example of one of our guys allowing the media to define their campaign.
Candidate Leep’s answer:
These are important issues, and like I said, I intend to see the law is enforced. Although, in doing so we don’t want to get distracted from job number #1. Fixing the economy.
Afterall, We can not sufficiently take care of any other issues if we have a dysfunctional economy.
Bingo. And except more trip wires at the DNC rigged general election debates.
Recall in 2008 that Barack Obama refused to appear at a Democrats only debate because it was hosted by Fox News (who despite the hype of being right-leaning endorsed Kerry in 2004, or at least NewsCorps executives did).
Since the debate moderators aren't going to raise the issues that will get egg on Obama's face, the candidate is going to have to bring up more names like "Joe The Plumber" when they arise this time around. Not Joe, per say, but asking Barry just how his "spread the wealth around is DIFFERENT than Karl Marx's "from each according to his ability to each according to his need"? If Obama's policies are not Socialist, what would he do differently if that WAS the goal? What separates them from being Socialist? Europe seems to agree they are.
A fair and impartial media would pose the SAME question to President Obama at his next appearance since he’s already got the power of the office to do something and the media considers this an important issue to discuss in this election.
EXPECT (not except).
Some have called for laws where any act that depicts adults as underage would be kiddie porn, too.
So, looking at women with lollipops would get you jailtime.
And it’s amazing how many Freepers don’t realize how far this all goes.
The federal government sure went after online gambling and music downloads so if they WANTED to pursue restricting access to pornography, it would be within the scope of things President Obama has already done.
The Onion does not even permit excerpting on FR. They are liberal jerks. Please don’t give them the blog hits.
I think there is some common ground. It is an issue that people care about and it is worth discussing. And I dont have a problem with a President saying he thinks “x” activity is harmful. It just seems to be a fine line from saying x is harmful to Congress banning x.
Sadly, it appears fewer and fewer conservatives understand the nexus between the two.
The Obese Police are in Obama’s White House and the media plays it up like it isn’t a restricting of rights but somehow enforcing EXISTING porn laws is.
This is MSNBC . I believe a pathological liar over MSNBC or any of the mainstream media.
The media is making this story . It is not a story.
I thought they supported Ron Paul.
If you were intellectually honest, you'd recognize that Rick's issue statement on porn is at the bottom of his issues page, after:
First 100 Days Economic Freedom Agenda
No More Leading from Behind for America
We Hold These Truths
Unleashing America's Domestic Energy
Bold Solutions for Americas Families
Immigration Reform: Securing And Strengthing America
ObamaRegs Versus Freedom
Santorum Record on Defending the Dignity of Every Human Life
Appointing Constitutionalist Justices and Judges Who Refuse to Legislate from the Bench
Restoring America's Greatness Through Educational Freedom And Opportunity
Defending 2nd Amendment Rights
Repeal and Replace ObamaCare with Patient-Centered Healthcare
Spending Cuts and Entitlements Reform
Made In America
Response To Iran
Executive Branch Actions
Champion of Faith & Families
Defender of the Taxpayer
Believer in American Exceptionalism
10 Steps to Promote Our Interests Around the World
However, since you seem to already dislike Santorum and are a good little media consumer, you'll lap from the saucer the MSM has put in front of you because it tastes good and it's what they want you to do.
The MSM picked the issue that is at the very bottom of Rick's issue page and tries to present it as though it was the centerpiece of his campaign. You're being played by the media.
Not much, it seems, mostly emoting.
What about people who are against Santorum TALKING about it? Precious time is being used to discuss this, now? With Obamacare and the economy, this is what he focuses on?
I’d put it at an even smaller decimal point. With better parenting, it’s a non-issue.
Now can we try to lower the budget?
BINGO. The And this is how, with Santorum as the nominee, it will be a disaster.
THE BIG PICTURE: This isn't about porn or morality or even government overreaching. This is about how Santorum hasn't learned anything from the campaign trail, and either is truly dumb or clearly isn't politically savvy enough to avoid the media gotcha traps along the way. he continually gets sidetracked on these other issues.
If one thinks that the media is being unfair to Santorum now and taking his words out of context, what do people think the media will do to him in the general? Santorum is NOT the candidate we need. We need a candidate that can focus like a laser on the critical issues in this country and offer solutions and make that message resonate with people. Has no one studied the Reagan playbook on how to win?
It’s a marketing thing, to pull in the teen-age demographic. Seriously.
I agree that the media is kneecapping Santorum. The BIG reason why is the Lavender Mafia in the newsrooms HATE him MORE than they hated Sarah Palin. They’ve been after Rick Santorum since he made that statement about a “slippery slope” in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Lawrence v. Texas decision.
Gay journalists who despise “don’t ask don’t tell” should not be closeted. The public DESERVES to know why these issues are so important to them and thus the viewing public.
When they start making laws, Ill be against it too.
The media brought up something posted on Santorum's campaign website. I am no fan of the media, but you can't continuously serve them up low hanging fastballs and not expect the media to hit them outa the park.
That's what the media does.
By continuously taking the bait, Santorum does it to himself.
So a Catholic website with an agenda misuses statistics and creates cause out of correlation, thus we must do something? Im sure 80% of mass murderers smoked too, does that mean we should ban smoking?
This is one of the worst misuses of statistics I have read.
This is going to get votes....NOT.
Good grief. This man really doesn’t have a clue about some things. I agree with him a lot and am a social conservative, but let’s focus on other things that win votes.
“I’m going to block your porn” is not a winning message!
“internet porn is not a pressing national problem”
Why would the marxists give up on their plan to use pornography to defeat our nation?
Answer: they wouldn’t and they haven’t. Yes, pornography is a weapon used just as destructive as any artillery.
You need to think about this, learn it, and stop letting the marxists use you.
Probably has something to do with the fact that all three front runners are pretty much the same, with different packaging. They all want to save the country through the power of the government. I really dont see any of their presidencies differing much from each other.
Porn feeds human trafficking and sex slavery around the world.
That rises to the level of compelling public interest; i.e. government involvement.
Starve the beast.
The debt, the economy, Obamacare, have all been talked about at great length and in great detail by Santorum, and will continue to be addressed 'front and center.'
The fact that the Obama administration is lawless is a major problem, and Santorum's bringing up that the laws against pornography (among many others) have been ignored, is a major concern......or at least should be......for all Americans.
Don't be afraid of the moral issues in a campaign. They are winners because the majority of Americans don't have a problem with addressing them.
Yeah, and oil fuels terrorism, so lets just ban that too.
We already have laws against trafficking and slavery, and we cant police the world (well, some big military conservatives and big environment liberals think we can).
Starve the beast indeed, remove power from the federal government.
You say that Santorum is not really making an issue of this, and that “most” Americans agree with him on this.
But in reality, the moral decay in this country, is the direct result of those same people who you claim agree with Santorum.
Morality begins in the home, at the family level, and is taught through example. The American family is no longer what it was 3 decades ago. What you see on the Internet these days, as well as what the younger generations are doing to promote this kind of thing, is a direct reflection that morality is no longer a priority or is being taught or enforced at the family level.
It is way too late to legislate it now and legislation has never worked anyway. (Remember Prohibition?)
I am aware that’s not his message. His message is simply to enforce existing laws. But, that’s not the way the public will see it. When he gets questions like that, he needs to just ignore them.
I don’t support the porn culture. I think it’s vile. But, he stepped in something that will likely now be a national embarrassment for him. He shouldn’t have even answered the question.
By continuously taking the bait, Santorum does it to himself.
Well said. But I fear the damage has been done. Santorum's given the Obama campaign too many soundbites.
Since it looks like he wants to go on his own religious crusade, changing America to suit how he wants things, would he also go after metal music? You know, considering how demonized it’s been and all...
There's not a single member of Fr who is saying morality isn't important.....it's a matter of the very fact the country is going into free fall and is in dangerous perils financially, being taken over by commie ntcases and their agenda ...which IS the priority
Obama is setting up for religious and morality wars because he doesn't have a leg to stand on otherwise....and Santorum's taking the bait all to well...and why the Democrats love that Santorum's at the top of the heat.
Go to most Democratic sights and see what they are saying about Santorum.....they are delighted he's galvanizing their otherwise couch potatoes into action.
People have been discussing the moral fiber of this country for years...it's not like it's something new. But that is what Santorum is known for. Little other can he maneuver where he isn't sounding like he "borrowed" from others....and does on a consistent.
The Communist goal was to brainwash the masses and destroy America's strength........it's morality (and it actually goes back to Stalin in the 1930's).
They obviously succeeded, as even among some who consider themselves 'conservative' believe that morality doesn't matter, and that liberty equals license. (What is this 'consenting adult' stuff when you're dealing with teenaged girls who have been trafficked and are now in porn films??)
I can't believe how far downhill we have gone since I joined up here 11 years ago. The defense of pornography here is absolutely frightening.
There are actually a number of them saying exactly that, caww. It's disturbing.
One more time, my point is not about pornography. My point is Santorum continues to let the media frame the debate, and then Santorum supporters become unhinged and blame everyone else except their candidate for the flawed message. If Santorum, or his handlers, are not savvy enough at this point to recognize the media's game, he's got major problems ahead.
And stop with the overly inflammatory accusations of others here just because we bring up other relevant arguments that are affecting Santorum's overall message. You know what people here are trying to say. Stop playing games. it trivializes your point.
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