Election 2012: Santorum Will ‘Vigorously’ Crack Down on Porn

canditateportrait_2DownAs Rick Santorum’s campaign gains momentum and continues winning primaries over frontrunner Republican candidate Mitt Romney, more GOP news agencies are beginning to notice his strict conservative views on hardcore pornography. And as everyone knows, that can’t sit too well with Fox News readers, whose Hannitized Internet readings are often interspersed with nip-slips and as is the case right now on the Fox Nation, a headline which reads, “Sofia Vergara Scorching Cover Shoot.”

Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller, who often put out some great right wing gossip-y stories, have noticed the link on Rick Santorum’s website regarding pornography, which PhillyNow told you about back in January. On his site, Santorum notes “The Obama Administration 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.” And if elected, his administration would “prohibit distribution of hardcore (obscene) pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV, in retail shops and through the mail or by common carrier.”

According to the DC, Santorum could legally take many American-based porn distributors, including websites, to court for violating obscenity laws. For those overseas, he could set up “a mandatory filter set up by the government or by the service providers,” according to UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh.

Moreover, the government is able to prosecute individual citizens who view porn. And, according to Santorum, for good reason.

“Addiction to pornography is now common for adults and even for some children,” explains the statement on Santorum’s site. “The average age of first exposure to hard-core, Internet pornography is now 11. Pornography is toxic to marriages and relationships. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking.”

It helps to keep in mind Santorum’s talk about “illegal pornography” is not limited to child porn. He’s talking about the stuff distributed through thousands of Internet publishers and, perhaps, in magazines that’ve published articles written by Ben Stein.

santorumdirtywordMoreover, he says, “Current federal “obscenity” laws prohibit distribution of hardcore (obscene) pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV, in retail shops and through the mail or by common carrier. Rick Santorum believes that federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced.” He says he will appoint an Attorney General who will enforce federal obscenity laws.

But what are obscenity laws? That’s the tricky part. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart has infamously stated “what is obscene…I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced…[b]ut I know it when I see it,” which doesn’t tell us much. But long story short, federal obscenity laws have to be enforced on a case-by-case basis. There are no specifics of which sexual acts in porn are classified as obscene outside of legally determined court cases. Hustler publisher Larry Flynt has dedicated much of his life to protecting hardcore pornography under the First Amendment.

Additionally, Santorum signed a FAMiLY LEADER (a conservative Christian Iowa group) document, along with then-Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann pledging, “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.” Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have shared similar anti-pornography statements.

The Daily Caller covering Santorum’s statements may show the right wing growing increasingly weary of the former Pennsylvania senator’s no-holds-barred conservatism. Because whatever public face modern conservatives put forth, there’s no denying porn is the universal viewing party of the nation.

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  4. Joe says:

    Santorum was surely trying, and I believe he has in fact found the one, guaranteed way to lose a general election.

  5. Joan says:

    Does Santorum know the majority of porn site views are by conservatives in conservative states? I’m sure Little Ricky will be “working vigorously” while gathering information on porn off porn sites. “Don’t let your arm get too tired, Ricky!”.

  6. Joan says:

    Remember too, this is the guy fascinated with “man on dog” sex.

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