‘Porn is a public health crisis,’ says GOP

Republican platform adds new position

Just when you thought the Republican Party couldn’t get any more conservative (crazy), Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah signed a resolution calling for new policies to combat pornography.

When I first saw this, I laughed to myself thinking, “Oh, Utah.  You never disappoint.”

But I quickly found out that this isn’t just Utah being crazy right-wing – it’s part of the GOP’s platform.

Can't help himself

Can’t help himself

According to reports from CNN and MSNBC, the provision will be added to the national party’s 2016 platform.

“The internet must not become a safe haven for predators,” the provision states.  “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.”

Yeah because what someone does in the privacy of their own home is such a danger to your child.

In all seriousness, I actually agree with the Republican platform on this issue; I don’t view pornography and I think it can damage relationships and families.  But I also have a fundamental disagreement with this party.

I believe in the First Amendment.  I don’t ask that the government legislate my beliefs.  I don’t ask that my opinion be made into law.

For all their talk of being pro-freedom and advocating small government, the GOP sure does like to tell you how to live your life.

Same-sex marriage?  Make it a civil union.  Abortion?  Outlaw it and get rid of Planned Parenthood.  Marijuana?  Keep it illegal; and if you smoke it you need to go to jail.

This has got to be near the top of the list.  After reporting on the election for the past week, I’ve come away with a revelation – there is no bottom to these politicians.  Whether it’s telling someone they can’t view something on their personal computer or refusing to condemn racism, the Republican Party never ceases to amaze me.

I’m not taking a jab at all Republicans; Democrats have their moments too.  It’s just that the “family values party” in America has new material for Comedy Central every week.

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