The Bush administration said Wednesday it would seek to reinstate an indictment against a California pornography company that was charged with violating federal obscenity laws. It was Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' first public decision on a legal matter.
So with all the crime in the world and the constant threat of terror,
this is Gonzales' first big move as Attorney General?

I read this last night and it just pissed me off so much, I had to simmer for a while before I could write anything about it. Why are there so many people who want to live in a nanny state? Why can't we all just agree to take responsibility for our own lives and stop worrying about what anybody else is doing in the privacy of their homes? I can completely understand how some people would find pornography offensive. Frankly, the type of pornography referred to in this article is down right disgusting in my opinion. And as such, I have no intentions of ever viewing it. But can someone please explain to me why I should get all hot and bothered if my neighbor likes the stuff? I may think he's sick and twisted, but he's no criminal.

I know I must sound like a broken record at times, but if there is one overriding principle to my political philosophy, it is that government should butt the hell out of our lives. Whenever we read about the Muslim world in the media, there's invariably stories of Islamic fundamentalism and draconian laws, etc. And of course we're supposed to be appalled at the oppression and lack of freedom these people suffer under. Yet I don't see how this is any different in principle from what the religious right wants to do right here in America. Yes, it's to a lesser degree (at least for now), but the principle is the same. These people are convinced that theirs is the one true religion. And I can respect that, but I have to draw the line where they try to legislate their morality on everyone else. Mind your own damn business.

Now I know these religious whackjobs will say they are just
trying to block the company's hard-core movies from children and from adults who did not want to see such material
but that is pure bullshit. As an adult, I've never been exposed to porn that I didn't want to see. As I child I never saw anything my parents couldn't have easily prevented. This is about the religious right not being able to keep their collective dick in their pants and needing some sort of moral authority to do it for them.

If government has any useful role in our lives, it should be to protect our freedoms--not our sensibilities. Stick to keeping the streets safe and keep out of our homes.


Blogger Steve  said...

Talk about misplaced priorities. My objection to pornography has to do with the exploitation of women--especially women from developing countries who resort to it for lack of other options. It seems the right has no qualms about exploitation--their priority is control over sexual expression as you point out. They're more threatened by Janet's breast than briefcase nukes, it seems.

Thursday, February 17, 2005  

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