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GOP platform calls for crackdown on Ďall formsí of pornography
Daily Caller ^ | August 27, 2012 | Steven Nelson

Posted on 08/27/2012 2:00:06 PM PDT by JerseyanExile

The Republican Party’s platform committee declared war on pornography ahead of this week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

In a Monday morning press release, advocacy group Morality in Media revealed that “new language replaces previous platform wording, which only opposed child pornography.”

According to MIM, the new wording will read, “Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.”

The party platform was drafted by a 112-member committee and will be unveiled early this week.

Existing obscenity laws “not only prohibit distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet but also on hotel/motel TV, on cable/satellite TV, and in retail shops,” said MIM President Patrick Trueman.

“Distribution of obscene or hardcore pornography on the Internet is a violation of current federal law,” said Trueman, a former anti-porn prosecutor in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

Earlier this year, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum attracted raised eyebrows when he promised a “vigorous” crackdown against “the scourge of pornography.” Santorum posted the promise on his presidential campaign’s website.

Mitt Romney, who will officially be nominated as the Republican presidential candidate in Tampa this week, also promised the group a “vigorous” crackdown during the Republican primaries, Trueman told The Daily Caller in July.

Romney, however, has not discussed his position at length in public, and his campaign ignored requests for comment seeking elaboration on his position.

Curiously enough, in addition to promising a crackdown on porn, the party’s platform also calls for “Internet freedom,” TheDC reported last week.

The addition to the porn plank came from Tony Perkins, the Family Research Council president and a GOP delegate from Louisiana, according to MIM.

Other socially conservative positions within this year’s party platform include opposition to abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

In March, The Atlantic chronicled the history of pornography in the GOP platform, noting that it was first mentioned in 1984.

In 1992, the party platform called for “allowing victims of pornography to seek damages from those who make or sell it” and declared, “The time has come for a national crusade against pornography.”

After Bill Clinton won the 1992 election, his administration reined in the number of porn prosecutions, and they remained uncommon throughout the George W. Bush administration.

By 2008, The Atlantic reported, the anti-porn zeal had mellowed and the party’s platform merely addressed child pornography. Under President Barack Obama, Trueman told TheDC in July, the DOJ has initiated no new obscenity prosecutions.

“We are most grateful to Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council who led the effort to get the tough new language into the platform,” said Trueman. “Without enforcement of federal obscenity laws, pornographers have had a green light to target our children and families.”


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To: JerseyanExile

And the porn industry is how big, somewhere between 5 and 15 billion dollars. They can afford to spend quite a bit to protect their turf, with ACLU, Hollywood, and MSM help.

Whose brilliant idea was this? Romney’s? The dems will gleefully point out all the money he made from Marriott in-room “adult selections” (which I don’t think they offer any more).

I am no fan of porn but if the idea is to win the election, they should stick to the economy.


21 posted on 08/27/2012 2:12:30 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: JerseyanExile; School of Rational Thought; woweeitsme
I think you people are in the wrong party.

Republicans have always had traditional values.

22 posted on 08/27/2012 2:13:45 PM PDT by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: JerseyanExile

If the research cited below is to be believed...

[Excerpt]

Porn in the USA: Conservatives Are Biggest Consumers

By Ewen Callaway
New Scientist
ABC News
Feb. 28, 2009

Americans may paint themselves in increasingly bright shades of red and blue, but new research finds one thing that varies little across the nation: the liking for online pornography.

A new nationwide study (pdf) of anonymised credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider finds little variation in consumption between states.

“When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the same than different,” says Benjamin Edelman at Harvard Business School.

However, there are some trends to be seen in the data. Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious than states with lower levels of consumption, the study finds.

“Some of the people who are most outraged turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by,” Edelman says.

[...]

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Business/story?id=6977202&page=1#.UDvhlsFlQRk


23 posted on 08/27/2012 2:14:15 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: JerseyanExile; Lazamataz

I wonder if the GOP will write a plank forbidding Laz from eating the hearts of the children of FR trolls.


24 posted on 08/27/2012 2:15:12 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: donna
Republicans have always had traditional values.

I know. Just ask Mark Foley.

25 posted on 08/27/2012 2:16:56 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: JerseyanExile
Does this mean the porn star or she may be an ex porn star Jenna Jameson will rescind her endorsement for Romney?

Why in the heck are the Republicans focusing on this when they should focus on Jobs,Prosperity and Energy plus they will alienate the perv voting bloc.

26 posted on 08/27/2012 2:17:24 PM PDT by funfan
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To: JerseyanExile; School of Rational Thought
Wow that is radical. Demand the law be enforced. Wow that really is extremist!

Seems some of you lost what passes for your minds based on the head line and never even bothered to read the story.

Really pathetic how desperately eager supposed "conservatives" around here are to be water boys for the Democrat propaganda machines tactics of diversion and distraction.

27 posted on 08/27/2012 2:18:01 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: DBrow; MtBaldy; Hodar

Wow that is radical. Demand the law be enforced. Wow that really is extremist!

Seems some of you lost what passes for your minds based on the head line and never even bothered to read the story.

Really pathetic how desperately eager supposed “conservatives” around here are to be water boys for the Democrat propaganda machines tactics of diversion and distraction.


28 posted on 08/27/2012 2:20:16 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: JerseyanExile

For a free society, we sure spend a lot of effort trying to restrict each other.


29 posted on 08/27/2012 2:20:46 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: JaguarXKE

“Someone is just throwing distraction chum in the water. Don’t bite!”

My god, I think you’ve got it!


30 posted on 08/27/2012 2:21:48 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: JerseyanExile

Does this have anything to do with walking Vaginas or Naomi Wolf’s new book?


31 posted on 08/27/2012 2:21:48 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: donna

This is NOT an important issue right now. These are things you look into AFTER you win the election.


32 posted on 08/27/2012 2:23:14 PM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: JerseyanExile; All

33 posted on 08/27/2012 2:23:22 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: JerseyanExile
I'm certain many serious discussions of how to move the GOP forward will be had in establishments such as this one:


34 posted on 08/27/2012 2:24:40 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: MNJohnnie

I was thinking that the better strategy might be to get elected, then start your vigorous crackdown.

Like the Dems do all the time.

This plank, if the op is true, will bring to bear the resources of a wealthy, connected, and popular (among some circles) industry in working to defeat the GOP.

I have not researched this but weren’t there lots of first amendment cases over the years defining what is legal, what is hardcore, and so forth? This will lead to ambiguity and confusion, which could mean that the GOP spends lots of time and effort discussing this issue, while Obama’s team tries to make the case that a Romney win would be even worse than an Obama second term.


35 posted on 08/27/2012 2:27:06 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: JerseyanExile

That is the focus that will fix the economy for sure.

All this money and time we have to throw away on porn. Who knew?


36 posted on 08/27/2012 2:27:25 PM PDT by soycd
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To: JaguarXKE
I have my doubts that this story is anything more than some attempt to paint the GOP as the morality police.

That is a large part of what conservatism is, morality and a decent society.

As the left and libertarians have won victory after victory for the last 50 years, it is destroying our nation and it's culture, and foundations, our families and our communities.

37 posted on 08/27/2012 2:30:05 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: DBrow
According to MIM, the new wording will read, “Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.”

Oh wow, so radical and extremist! And as usual the whiners choir around here lose their heads rather then realize this is a NON story.

38 posted on 08/27/2012 2:30:21 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: JerseyanExile

>Other socially conservative positions within this year’s party platform include opposition to abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

I guess we are giving up on the women vote now.

If this is true then we are totally raped. The democrat party will rule until the Whig2 party is replaced.


39 posted on 08/27/2012 2:31:01 PM PDT by soycd
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To: JerseyanExile
In 2004 it called for “Secure Borders”. The words are meaningless in reality.

LLS

40 posted on 08/27/2012 2:31:06 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Sarah speaking at the romney convention would be like Led Zeppelin opening for The Monkees)
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