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Bloviating Zeppelin: Santorum: another reason I won't vote for him

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Santorum: another reason I won't vote for him


Rick Santorum has recently said he'll shut down internet pornography.

This is reason enough for me not to vote for Santorum.

You start to mess with my very dear First Amendment rights and you're gone, as far as I'm concerned. You're completely off my radar screen.

Because, as I frequently write: "do the logical extension." Its an easy reach for me to be next up for suppression (in terms of this blog) under this or another Leftist administration.

Let's refamiliarize ourselves, shall we, with the First Amendment from the Bill of Rights:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Once the government officially stops my ability to access information over the internet, then it is a very easy movement to extend these limitations to other venues as well; venues wherein the government tends to disagree with the opinions of those private individuals and/or groups who express them. On both sides of the aisle.

This is path upon which I am not willing to tread.

If Conservatives are successful in cutting off this area completely, then a subsequent Leftist's administration building but upon only the prior administration's precedent, may find itself easily deciding to curb Rush Limbaugh, to curb the Heritage Foundation, to curb the Drudge Report, to curb Michael Medved, to curb Alex Jones, to curb Adriana Huffington, to curb Markos Moulitsas when they disagree with the current running meme.

On the other hand, let there be no mistake:

Child porn, animal porn, porn involving individuals or creatures who have no ready ability to understand or make an informed consent of their involvement -- that is wrong. Sexual acts amongst consenting adults portrayed on various sites which do not involve violence or suppression of the ability to refuse are not my problem nor should be the concern of government.

If I decide to watch or visit these legal sites, that is my prerogative. If I decide to disdain these sites, that is my prerogative as well. The final decision to view or not view images and sites on the internet should rest with the End User. In terms of children in a home, the overarching End User is the parent(s), whose duty it is to limit or constrain product entering the home.

If you, as the parent(s) don't deploy your ability to limit your child's access to the internet, that's quite not my problem. If you lack the balls to pull the computer or television -- if you object -- out of your child's bedroom, that is not my problem. If you lack the spine or ability to speak to your children about these issues and points because you're insipid, that's not my problem.

It is my problem when you -- the individual or Collective You -- cannot make an individual determination for a given situation and instead lump the entire nation into a limitation. Enough "tions" for you yet?

Because, then, you completely misunderstand our Constitution.

You obviously don't read my blog or grok my thrust.

As I wrote here, there are theories about what some writers -- myself included -- quantify as positive vs negative rights:
POSITIVE vs NEGATIVE RIGHTS:

Our current Constitution frames much of what we value in terms of what we cannot do.
- The government cannot engage in unreasonable searches and seizures
- It cannot inflict cruel and unusual punishment

And therefore, the individual has a right to NOT be subject to various items, and so forth.

By our current Constitution, it does NOT "guarantee" so-called "rights" to such things as housing, clothing, food, jobs -- rights that place upon the state to obtain the resources from other citizens to pay for them.

Let me make this abundantly clear: "RIGHTS THAT PLACE UPON THE STATE TO OBTAIN THE RESOURCES FROM OTHER CITIZENS TO PAY FOR THEM."

Leftists wish to enable a solid "privileges or immunities clause" which becomes open-ended and -- therefore -- susceptible to specific 'interpretation" by such pre-chosen federal judges!

A "logical extension" might be to allow "privileges or immunities" to create new "rights" which could "guarantee" social or economic "equality."

If the law moves this way, then your possessions, my possessions, could and would be "redistributed" as seen fit by your government.

Your "rights" will be parsed out, in dribs and drabs, by appointed berobed iconoclasts and Leftists.

This will supplant "representative" decision-making and throw decisions onto those who are appointed and -- therefore -- completely immune from accountability or responsibility.

It is not the government's job to tell me what I can or cannot eat, what I can or cannot wear, or what I do with the property or items I lawfully purchase. The government increasingly could care less about personal property and does not respect the rights thereof.

And finally: Conservatives can be generally broken down into the classic triumvirate of
  • Fiscal Conservatism: less government, balanced budgets, less spending, fewer taxes; you can't tax and spend your way out of a deficit;
  • Social Conservatism: the tenets of western religion place us on the track; our government was founded upon religious principles; abortion, gay marriage - these are abominations that will drag us down societally and collectively;
  • Defensive Conservatism: these United States of America need to be sovereign, answerable to naught but domestic positions, strong, vast, overwhelming. We would rather be feared than respected. If something is in the best interest of this country that's the overarching determinant.
I've said it before and I'll write it again: Social Conservatism is last on my scale. Dead last. Only when the other two are firmly in place and holding do I believe we have the time to focus on Social Conservatism.

Disagree with me or not, these are my views. I may lose some Social Conservative Priority readers. If so, then so be it. You're always welcome to comment.

When your priority argument involves, for example, contraceptives and, simultaneously, the entire nation is in danger of complete fiscal and defensive collapse -- then this makes no sense to me whatsoever.

Again, bottom line: Rick Santorum, your priorities are flawed and, as such, I will never vote for you. In my opinion, we just don't have the time or the resources to waste on this right now.

BZ

21 Comments:

Blogger TexasFred said...

If he’ll mess with 1st Amendment rights, what’s next?

It's not the fact that it's porn, it's censorship and deprivation of rights...

Like you, social conservatism is WAY down my list of give a damn..

Thu Mar 15, 05:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

You start with a desire. You then assume your "desire" is a "right".
I have a "right" to quality health care. No,you have a "desire" for quality health care.

Next step. Me, and my group, "believe" that ........ Therefore, we are going to make our belief everyone's requirement. And so it goes.

Agree with you about Santo rum.

Thu Mar 15, 05:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

TF: as I suspected. Mi casa es su casa.

WSF: further, in terms of social interaction with Leftists:

First: comes TOLERANCE.
Second: comes ACCEPTANCE.
Third: comes ADVOCACY.

You were a RACIST or a SEXIST if you didn't correspond to each point when it was proffered.

NOW?

You are a RACIST or a SEXIST if you don't actively ADVOCATE for same!

That is comPLETEly TWISTED!

BZ

Thu Mar 15, 06:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bushwack said...

Okay BZ, You know I agree with you on most things and LORD knows I loves me some Porn, but listen:

Here's the statement:
"America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography," Santorum's official website reads. "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."

Okay I can't argue that statement...It's not a real good moral benefit for society and it can be harmful to some.. like drinking, smoking, gambling etc... Those are all stated as bad for you but still legal...

Then there's this part:
Santorum criticized the Obama administration for turning "a blind eye ... to the scourge of pornography" and for refusing to enforce obscenity laws.
"If elected President, I will appoint an Attorney General who will do so," Santorum writes. "While the Obama Department of Justice seems to favor pornographers over children and families, that will change under a Santorum Administration."

Now if he's talking about child porn, rape videos snuff films that are ILLEGAL then he's right on the money...

Personally BZ, I find it funny that we all know we can't trust politicians to make good on promises, except the ones we fear the worst. I don't think Santorum has a snowballs chance in hell of doing anything to LEGAL pornography and I'll bet he won't even try if he were elected. Too much other shit to unfk.

My mind has been made up for quite awhile. I'll vote ABO in Nov. The reason isn't just Obama. It's his support staff. Holder/Hillary/Panetta/CZARS/Appointed judges/SCOTUS/Etc. Etc. Etc. When O goes so does his anti American support crew.

Thu Mar 15, 06:23:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

BUSHWACK:

"Now if he's talking about child porn, rape videos snuff films that are ILLEGAL then he's right on the money... "

I don't disagree.

ABO?

What's that?

BZ

Thu Mar 15, 06:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger sdkar said...

I was hopeful for Santorum until I read this. This is a slippery slope that opens a flood gate for censorship. It is not the govt's job to say what is and is not allowed to be viewed by adults.

I can pretty much tell you how I will feel about a candidate based on their beliefs of our 2nd amendment. If a politician is for gun control, then I can't help but feel that they either do not trust us with guns or they think we are too stupid to use one safely. Either way, I have no use for you if you think like this. If a politician feels uneasy about citizens having guns...well too bad. They are supposed to feel that way...that is exactly why our Founding Fathers gave us the 2nd amendment. Too many politicians equate the 2nd amendment with hunting. It's not...it is about using our weapons against politicians who try to run our lives and refuse to leave office if we vote them out.

Well, as I strongly believe in the 2nd amendment and will make an opinion of someone based on their beliefs about it...so goes for the 1st amendment as well. There is a reason it is our FIRST amendment. It's that damned important. And any politician that tries to stifle my rights...well, I don't trust them very much and have no use for them.

Goodbye Santorum. I supposed Romney will have to do.

Thu Mar 15, 06:52:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Leticia said...

Even I may disagree, BZ, I would never stop being a reader, we all are entitled to our opinions.

I really like Santorum, and I honestly believe pornography should be outlawed. It has harmed marriages, lives and I believe that social conservatism should be second to a powerful national defense. Strong military.

Thu Mar 15, 08:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bushwack said...

ABO=Anybody But Obama

Thu Mar 15, 09:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ∞ ≠ ø said...

Ahem....
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9dopWM4ZTBY/Tbkwti7vFZI/AAAAAAAAACM/LkGOrX7pr6c/s1600/red-spotted_newt165.JPG

I'm just drumming my fingers at this point;)

Thu Mar 15, 09:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Well, the truth of the matter is this, ABO, anyone besides Obama is exactly what we are faced with...

I have said it before and I will say it again, if this bunch is the best the GOP has, we are FUCKED!

And what the hell, can you imagine Santorum getting the nod and then asking Michele Bachmann to be his VP?

They'll pray away the gay and the porn... No, really.. They will..

Prohibition does not work, never has, never will, and it's none of Santorum's business if we do look at porn, or don't... And that Bushwack, that boy DOES love him some porn... LMAO

Thu Mar 15, 09:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Greybeard said...

So...
Obama said he'd shut down Gitmo.
Didn't happen.
Santorum says he'll shut down internet porn.
There's about the same likelihood that'll happen.

I'm more pissed that these idiots make statements we KNOW they can't fulfill than I am that they make 'em in the first place.
Yeah... idiots all.

Thu Mar 15, 10:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger dmarks said...

Let us not forget the vast majority of Democrats, who rip the heart out of the First Amendment by strongly opposing the rights of people to criticize those in power.

Fri Mar 16, 05:28:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

And all excellent points. . .

BZ

Fri Mar 16, 06:36:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Liberalmann said...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/15/obama-campaign-documentary-release_n_1350070.html

Fri Mar 16, 07:11:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Santorum has gone over the edge, IMO.

Fri Mar 16, 08:19:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bunkerville said...

He will not get off his Social horse. Just when I think I might give him a pass, he starts up again. This does it for me as well.

Fri Mar 16, 12:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bushwack said...

you notice that BZ? Liberalman is the soldier in the new obamabot campaign... get that TAX PAYER FUNDED propaganda film in every conservative area... I watched that film about 3 minutes of it and threw up a little.... what a fkn joke. Hitler would be proud of that pile of crap.

Fri Mar 16, 02:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Bushwack: taxpayer funded is the BEST way -- why would you want to fund your documentary with your OWN MONEY when taxcash is available?

BZ

Fri Mar 16, 03:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Old NFO said...

Concur, and WSF said it right...

Fri Mar 16, 03:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger dmarks said...

What's worse? Santorum who wants to censor porn, or Obama who wants to repeal the Citizens United and once again make it a crime to criticize our rulers?

Sat Mar 17, 01:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Average American said...

I'm late reading this, but I have to comment anyway:

YOU ARE 100% CORRECT! !

Mon Mar 19, 08:38:00 PM PDT  

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