Skip to comments.Mitt: I’ll “go after” retailers who sell violent adult video games
Posted on 12/22/2007 9:23:45 AM PST by Sir Gawain
This comes courtesy of HA’s resident IT czar, Mark Jaquith, whose inner libertarian shivers at the prospect of it. Mine too. We’ve been binging on Huck’s nanny statism for weeks now, but with Mitt emerging as the viable alternative it pays to remind ourselves of the lengths to which he’s willing to go to clean up the “cesspool” that is America.
I want to restore values so children are protected from a societal cesspool of filth, pornography, violence, sex, and perversion. I’ve proposed that we enforce our obscenity laws again and that we get serious against those retailers that sell adult video games that are filled with violence and that we go after those retailers.
As Mark says, follow the link and compare his answer to Bill Richardson’s or Obama’s. They want to educate parents, presumably through a ratings system; Mitt wants to start locking people up. Obscenity laws are notoriously fraught with First Amendment problems since it’s hard to write one that doesn’t accidentally (or intentionally) go too far and end up prohibiting forms of protected speech. Because they’re so ripe for abuse, they rarely withstand constitutional challenge and thus the government’s basically given up on using them to prosecute people. Mitt’s promise to social cons is that all that’s going to change, with the obvious goal being to intimidate retailers into not carrying violent games in the first place lest they risk prosecution.
The good news is any law would probably be struck down. And even if it isn’t, this is Mitt we’re talking about. He’ll probably just change his mind later.
Hmm, we are not supposed to enforce laws?
Oh great! Huckster will monitor our food, Mitt our video games and Hillary to be our mama. Just what we F**king Need!
He lost my vote even should he win the nomination.
Hot air and mitt do really go hand-in-hand.
Sure but enforce those important to our security.
This may be a wee bit more important:
Fred Thompson, running for President as the “plain-speaking consistent conservative,” was asked about campaign finance reform by Laura Ingraham on her radio show the day after his Presidential announcement. She said, “One of the things that also happened in the Senate was McCain-Feingold and it was initially called McCain-Feingold-Thompson. Of course that’s campaign finance reform. As you know, Senator Thompson, the Supreme Court has struck down part of that as unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds, you know, issue ads that you can’t run before a general election or a primary contest, which for conservatives like me are just anathema to the First Amendment. You now say that you see unintended consequences resulting from campaign finance reform. Would you today tell us that you made a mistake in supporting campaign finance reform?”
It beats selling cars!
Fred’s going to kick these deadbeats to the curb Mitt/Huck. The sooner the better.
It would have been nice if ole' Mitt had taken that same stand when he was a board member of Marriott Hotels for nearly a decade, since Marriott readily offered its patrons that very same "cesspool of filth, pornography, violence, sex, and perversion" right in their hotel rooms.
As usual Mitt is all pose.
Every violent video game for PCs are immediately available for free download online.
Same goes for all violent games for PSX PS2, N64, nintendo DS and all older video game consoles.
Not only is this position by Mitt a grand sweep of statism, it is 100% pure BS moralistic posturing, and it is farcical at first glance.
Mitt is just another corrupt suit playing the status quo. Crap like this is why less and less people give a rat’s arse about politics in this country.
Violent games have always been a part of growing up. When I was a kid, we had toy guns and played army. Sometimes we even played cops & robbers.
I guess Mitt will toss our kids in jail if they pull any of that crap!
How about get on TV and talk to the parents of the kids with violent video games?
There was also Ozzy and Judas Priest.
Al Gore promised he’d crack down on naughty musicians too. The culture is more steeped in it ever before and they are among his most vocal supporters despite he and his wife’s use of the government to hold hearings about the content of MTV and record albums.
These are blowhard issues for candidates to sound conservative.
The only ones who suffer in these situations are minimum wage retail store clerks who get busted by vice squads and have to pay for their own legal defense.
We need nationalized legal care because too few go without quality legal coverage. < /s >
Hellary is of course the embodiment of the Nanny State. That’s a huge liablilty for her.....*if* we don’t nominate a nanny of our own...such as Mitt, Huck, (guess what those rhyme with), or Rudy....
How about the Government butt out of having anything to do with how people choose to entertain themselves?
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