Norm Kent

Porn & the Presidency: Watch Out Broke Straight Boys

Filed By Norm Kent | March 21, 2012 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: GOP presidential campaigns, porn consumption, religious right, Rick Santorum

America's newest demagogue, Rick Santorum, flaunting it publicly as a national Republican presidential candidate, last week ran out a new Thumbnail image for Rick-Santorum-Gay-Porn.jpgcampaign message, warning us that "America is suffering a pandemic of harm from the scourge of pornography."

Now the millions of you that enjoy video sexual displays should not read this at home. According to the Law of Santorum, a wealth of research is now available demonstrating that pornography causes profound and negative brain changes in both children and adults. I thought you get that just from listening to him.

Once again, Santorum turns to those reliable bastions of credibility, such as Morality in Media, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and American Family Association, to make his case. All of these wonderful agencies criticize President Obama's efforts, as he, according to them, is apparently not happy unless porn is delivered to children every morning with their Rice Krispy's.

Santorum demands a crackdown on the distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet, in addition to material on cable/satellite TV, hotel/motel TV, retail shops and through the mail. This is special because it was not too many years ago that a group of criminal defense lawyers won an Internet porn case in Salt Lake City by showing just how many hotel guests in the bastion of Mormonism downloaded porn daily from their TV sets locally and in hotels.

Ironically, all the places where 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls are railing against porn are also the venues where an abundance of voters are likely to be consuming it, according to an article written by Alex Henderson, who writes on adult entertainment issues regularly.

Henderson has written a piece for Alternet.org, titled, "The Bible Belt's Love Affair with Gay and Straight Porn." The GOP presidential hopefuls keep vilifying porn to the very people who consume massive amounts of it. "The more they push a socially conservative agenda, the more 'red state' voters will consume porn -- even if they are in the closet about it," he wrote.

Henderson's column also cites adult industry advocate Bill Margold, who was one of the top adult film stars of the 1970s. He has often described the United States as a place where people hypocritically condemn adult entertainment with one hand while pleasuring themselves to it with the other hand. Recent sociological data bears that out.

Henderson says that of all the GOP presidential hopefuls, Rick Santorum has been the most stridently anti-porn. But let's look at Laurens County, South Carolina, and see what one GOP group is doing. They issued a mandate requiring all possible candidates to swear off all porn consumption. Would that matter, or should you care? Yes, and here is why.

Porn never stands alone. In the same 28-point pledge which GOP candidates were asked to sign, they were also required to swear that they would promote a platform that includes opposition to abortion, gay marriage and same-sex civil unions as well as vows to abstain from premarital sex and not view any porn.

The pledge states: "You cannot now, from the moment you sign this pledge, look at pornography." It's contagious, apparently. Sticks to you like raspberry jelly on your belly.

Seriously, to these Christian and pristine political leaders, in South Carolina, and around the country, it is never just about pornography. They feel a compelling need to link all that is wrong about pornography with homosexuality, forgetting how much straight porn deluges the Internet, as if the Playboy Club never happened.

To them, if you allow for porn, you also support godless homosexuals parading naked on Folsom Street as well as those marrying in New York or partnering in Wilton Manors.

These are the people partnering with Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and the Republican Party. How any normal, clear-thinking homosexual can share a stage with anyone of them is beyond the power of comprehension. You would be better off just hooking up to your favorite pornographic website of your choice. I am thinking collegedudes.com. If you are going to watch yourself getting screwed, at least enjoy it.


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