Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich All Promise To Ban Porn

The top three Republican presidential candidates pledged a war on porn today which means that they have promised more action to ban porn than to create jobs.

The conservative group Morality In Media is head over heels today after all three top Republican candidates promised to go war against the distribution of porn. In a written statement, Rick Santorum said, “Federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced. If elected President, I will appoint an Attorney General who will do so.”

Not to be outdone, Mitt Romney gave a statement to the group that said, “(I)t is imperative that we cultivate the promotion of fundamental family values. This can be accomplished with increased parental involvement and enhanced supervision of our children. It includes strict enforcement of our nation’s obscenity laws, as well as the promotion of parental software controls that guard our children from Internet pornography.”

Then we have Newt Gingrich, who wasn’t satisfied with a written statement. In a face to face meeting, Gingrich told Morality In Media that, “Yes, I will appoint an Attorney General who will enforce these laws.” The existing laws that each of these candidates were referring to are federal laws that they and Morality In Media feel make the distribution of pornography illegal.

What the candidates and the group really are saying through the usual right wing code is that they want to ban pornography.

On one of their many websites, the group claims blames pornography for most of society’s ills and believes that porn causes brain damage, “Simultaneously, medical research documenting how pornography harms brain function is now available, yet it is still relatively unknown to parents, medical personnel, legislators, and law enforcement.”

While combing through the group’s websites, I could not find a distinction between “legal” and “illegal” porn, but in their press release they express the belief that the distribution of all hardcore pornography is illegal.

If you really want to know how the Republican Party got so screwed up, consider that the top three candidates for the Republican presidential nomination has given more detail about how they would ban pornography than they have about how they would create jobs. I don’t care what people do in the privacy of their homes, and you would think that supposedly “small government” conservatives wouldn’t either.

Each candidate has a different reason for taking this position. Rick Santorum is a true believer. Mitt Romney is shamelessly pandering and trying to prove that he is a real conservative, but the real jaw dropper is serial adulterer Newt Gingrich promising to ban the distribution of porn. If anyone knows firsthand about the dangers of porn, it’s Newt.

The party of small government doesn’t want to put people back to work. No, their most pressing priority is to arrest people who distribute porn, which really tells you everything you need to know about the current state of the Republican Party.

We have had the war on poverty, the war on drugs, the war on terror, and if a Republican gets elected president, we will have the war on porn.

89 Replies to “Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich All Promise To Ban Porn”

  1. “I don’t care what people do in the privacy of their homes, and you would think that supposedly “small government” conservatives wouldn’t either.” This this this a thousand times this. Conservatives don’t want government to tell them what to do, they want government to tell everyone else what to do.

  2. …”“Simultaneously, medical research documenting how pornography harms brain function is now available…”

    Oh yeah? Wellllll…how come I watch a show on “Discovery” on “How is Sex Fun?” the other night. (Oh yeah, they went there…those sicko-science doctoral types) They used “science” to show how a woman’s brain lights up during orgasm. The woman’s head was strapped down in an MRI machine while she stimulated herself, under a sheet, to orgasm. The brain lite up 30 areas of the brain; more areas were lite than in any other known human activity, and, it was proven how well the brain was oxygenated, which is vital to brain health.

    And, my point? I got nothin’…it was just so cool!

    I rewound it and watched it again. Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr would have been so proud of these scientist proving that the sexist part of the sex is the brain…which, I suppose is my point. And now, the republicans want to take away YOUR rights to YOUR brain activity…huh?

    (I got nothin’…)

  3. Doesn’t Mitt’s religious homeland, Utah, have the most online porn subscriptions than any other state?

    Not very bright thing to do for a serial cheater, Newt, a man obsessed with others sex lives, Rick and Mitt who would be taking away the secret porn of a lot of his brethren.

  4. Newt Gingrich *is* porn. The thought of Moby Dicxk with Buttocks whaling away on top of…ugh…errr…urp…ra-a-a-a-alph!!

  5. To be honest I feel dirtier watching these “candidates” spew their vitriol and nonsense…I would rather watch porn!

  6. Actually, the states with the highest consumption of porn also just
    happen to be the reddest states in the nation. They’re only going to be pissing off their base. Not a very good strategy.

  7. Ban porn? oh yeah they’re definitely gonna lose to Obama …its one thing those Red States love more than medicare…its PORN all kinds!!!!!

  8. Perhaps the GOP candidates need to list
    what they aren’t going to regulate.

    Banks & Mortgage Lenders
    Oil, Gas, & Coal Companies
    SuperPac’s & Foreign Money
    Stock Investments / Insider Trading
    Monsanto Generic Mondified Seeds
    Defense Contractors

  9. Oh crap, brain damage? REALLY?

    Small gubbermint in my bathroom reading room? I want to know what Dr Paul has to say!

    Just when you thought there might be problems, the running to the right screaming frothing candidates slide there way towards oblivion. Billyuns and billyuns of bucks down the drain! Oh wait, my god I may have to live on the Japanese censored stuff!

  10. What a sad pitiful bunch of candidates. These guys are a joke. I feel like I have just stepped into the twilight zone or something. Or maybe this is a bad dream. How about telling us what they will do to help the poor and middle class.

  11. Uhhh … those are the 1st, 3rd and 4th place candidates. The 2nd place candidate, Ron Paul, is notibly absent from this list of fascist censors. As he is absent from all of the infamous lists upon which they all appear.

  12. Will they simply ‘ban’ copyright protection of porn in line with the requirements of the US Constitution, ” To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”
    The law is pretty clear. Not that I have anything against free ‘pron’, however the public at large has the right to decide what works should be protected at taxpayer expense and what should be a ‘free for all’. Whether it be pictures, movies, music, comics or books.
    Of course eliminating the profit angle will largely reduce the arm it can cause in it’s production and virtually eliminate it’s ‘commercial’ distribution.

  13. He can write it in Roman numerals. After all, even though I’m sure the Romans did that, I doubt they called it LXIX.

  14. Amen, brothers Newt, Mitt and Rick! I’m with you!

    I will dutifully take the pledge to ban porn with you. I’ll even raise my right hand!

    But wait…just let me finish first…

  15. In other news, all women will be required to wear veils when walking in the street, will not be allowed to own money or property and will be punished if they do not produce one child ever two years between the ages of 16 and 30.

  16. How ironic that these guys are wailing and yulping about banning porn!

    Newt sounds like a porn star’s nickname, Mitt sounds like a “woman part”–(ooo yeah baby, give it to me in my mitt…), and we all know what Santorum is…

    LOL!!

  17. C’mon, guys, you know the drill. This year, the GOP has latched onto its hobbyhorse, its club to beat the ignorant over the head and into the voting booths. It’s SEX. (Which means Newt hasn’t got a CHANCE now, as the serial cheater. But Ricky Don’t-Touch-Your-Dickie Santorum and Keep-Your-Mitts-Off-My-Offshore-Accounts Romney are anti-genitalia in ALL forms. I’m really surprised Ricky didn’t just ADOPT, then he would NEVER have to have that messy, smelly disgusting SEX…

    This IS the Christian Sharia bullshit they’re hyping. Complain to YOUR priest, minister, pastor, or preacher if you believe what they are doing, using hate to club non-Christians, gays and women. Demand that they go to their hierarchy and demand that they stop promoting Hate in the name of Jesus(TM)

  18. Only good thing to come (so to speak but that’s probably next on the ban list unless it results in a child) out if this is fox news will be illegal.

  19. Whoooooooooooooooooooo something just occurred to me. This is the ticket to religion in schools and charter schools. This from another article

    “Romney told the group it was “imperative that we cultivate the promotion of fundamental family values.”

    “This can be accomplished with increased parental involvement and enhanced supervision of our children,” he said in a statement.

    “It includes strict enforcement of our nation’s obscenity laws, as well as the promotion of parental software controls that guard our children from Internet pornography.””

    The GOP in your living room and bedroom

  20. It may be popular to say, but NObody really wants an effective ban on porn.

    What next, banning alcohol?

    Ron Paul may win the nomination yet.

  21. When someone like Ricky Santorum is being interviewed, Why oh why doesn’t the reporter ask the obvious question ” Mr. Santorum as someone that wants to enforce ant-sodomy laws and ban pornography, how on earth can you say that you are for small government when you want the sex police running around?” What’s that? Too logical of an observation? Hmmn that speaks volumes!!

  22. Will they also ban Sarah Palin’s political porn ie word salads? What the h*ll is up with her evolving breast sizes and roaming locations on her upper torso?

  23. The headline is totally misleading! First, None of the candidates promised to “Ban Porn” Second, Even if they wanted to ban porn, Supreme Court Rulings have made it impossible to do so. However, enforcing the laws on the books which prohibit Child Porn and Children’s access to porn is a reasonable goal!

  24. Limited government according to republicans

    Limited resources spent on actual governing, majority of resources spent in other people’s bedrooms.

  25. It’s further proof that we should be calling the GOP by what its true name should now be (borrowed from online friends): The Christian Nationalist Party. Use it, keep on saying it, and make it stick folks.

  26. “Federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced. If elected President, I will appoint an Attorney General who will do so.”

    “(I)t is imperative that we cultivate the promotion of fundamental family values. ”

    “The existing laws that each of these candidates were referring to are federal laws that they and Morality In Media feel make the distribution of pornography illegal.”

    “but in their press release they express the belief that the distribution of all hardcore pornography is illegal.”

  27. These fools are the 3 stooges of politics. Anyone who spends so much time and energy on other people’s sex lives has to be obsessed with sex himself or herself. Again, it’s another instance of projecting since the red states are where welfare is most common. It’s interesting to see that these red states are also where porn is most common. The farce also known as the GOP nomination process would be downright funny if the prospect of any of these backward, pandering clowns in the WH wasn’t so scary.

  28. So they want to destroy a 3-6 Billion dollar industry so there will be even fewer jobs? Is that what they’re saying?

    Do any of them realize that the only place a minor can get porn is on the internet and perhaps it’s the parents responsibility to put blocks on the computer?

  29. If Santorum bans porn what will Clarence Thomas do for entertainment? I betya Clarence Thomas’s home computer has two 2TB hard drives filled with legal porn.

  30. I’m sure that Newt will gladly take in a couple of the displaced porn stars when they all get pink slips. Wait, pink slips? Was that Freudian?

  31. Really, man…perhaps they’ve found out the truth; Republicans in the primary/caucus states weren’t voting in droves because they were too busy watchin’ the porn channel…

  32. Oh, goody! More censorship from the moral crowd. I say let’s just ban everything fun or enjoyable and get it out of the way all at one time. Then we can spend all our time in church begging the deity of our choice to save our miserable souls. The only book allowed will be the Bible and the only television will be Veggie Tales.

    Why can’t the GOTP let people watch what they want if it’s not bothering anyone else in a tangible way? What about jobs? Think of all jobs that will be lost if porn is banned.

  33. Fun with friction in the RepubliCristian Party:

    “700 Club personality accused of stealing husband’s porn”

    “Tamara Lowe, a frequent guest on “The 700 Club” and author of the book Get Motivated, and her husband Peter are in the midst of an acrimonious divorce that just got uglier: in court documents, Peter accused Tamara and her new boyfriend of stealing his porn…”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/14/700-club-personality-accused-of-stealing-husbands-porn/

    ‘Bunny Ranch’ sex workers endorse Ron Paul:

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/05/bunny-ranch-sex-workers-endorse-ron-paul/

  34. Wait ! !
    You forgot the war on women, the war on abortion, the war on contraception, the war on education, the war on Medicare/Medicaid and ACA, and the class war [on both middle and low-class Americans . . .

  35. Republicans have no respect for women or sex. Sure they don’t want to regulate Wall Street but they want to regulate what you can watch, what you can say, and what you can do with your body. Their trying to conserve sexual repression and outdated ideas about women and it’s toxic.

    Isn’t it crazy in our country it’s more obscene to create life, and to express our love physically than it is to say a brutal murder or a war based on lies.

  36. And when the porn film makers get in their pockets, screeeeech! Um, oh wait, nevermind, okay, back to more important issues; gays and muslims!

  37. If you are dreaming there is a media wide plot to distort the numbers for dr paul, I am afraid you are the one being lied to. If the numbers of delegates was being reported in error Dr Paul would be up in arms about it. And the FoxLies numbers would be different from the rest of the media. But they arnt. Dr Paul is way down in the number of Delegates won. WAY down compared to the other three.

    While you may be wishing Paul was 2nd or 1st, wishing doesn’t make it so. And you present nothing to the contrary

    http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/

  38. I hope you watched it, because none of it is rooted in fact. Maddow was saying how Paul COULD win, not how he is winning. In order for Dr. Paul to win delegates he has to subvert the will of the people. And then when they get to the state convention they still may not be picked to go to the national convention. So there is nothing there that says Dr. Paul is winning only that he knows how to cheat and could win.

  39. Ron Paul is not cheating. Are the Paul supporters/delegates gaming the system to their advantage? Yes, but that is the way the delegate system works. Grassroots is what drives the nomination, and the Romney supporters of the GOP staff are doing EVERYTHING they can to dismiss, change, or whatever they have to do (that is actually CHEATING) to set up the straw poll wins — especially the most recent one in Maine.
    Wake up sheeple…open your eyes. Of course the MSM has been hiding this. The money, corruption, banks, and corporations are behind the cover up. The “Fix” is in full swing, but Ron Paul has a LOT of the REAL delegates so we shall see how this all shakes out.

  40. This article forgot to mention Ron Paul (the forgotten, ignored one) and then made the claim that the entire group of Republican candidates want to ban porn. Pretty sure this is one of Ron Paul’s civil liberties that he will leave alone…AS IT SHOULD BE!

    Ron Paul 2012!

  41. gaming = cheating. No matter who does it

    At this point Paul has exactly 19 delegates(without Maine) and is in last place

  42. The one Republican that is not pandering to this right wing group that wants to tell people what is good for them or bad for them is the Champion of our Freedoms is Ron Paul. He is the only true small government conservative of the lot. The only one that will preserve the rights we still have (which aren’t many) & fight to restore the rights we have lost. VOTE RON PAUL 2012

  43. except for the rights Paul wants to take away such as your right of citizenship at birth and a few other goodies.

  44. LOL — OK.

    Maybe while they are at it they can also ban virus writers, spammers and other types of computer fraud.

    Silly idiots with absolutely no technological intelligence… How exactly are you going to ban Canadians, Italians, Russians, Chinese or any other nation to ban porn — ALL OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FROM PC’S HERE IN THE STATES?

    Morons

  45. Why do you need to lie about Romney… He clearly did not say what your title implies. Instead he advocates enforces laws already in place, personal responsibility and more parent supervision. I agree with him completely.

    the exact wording is “Mitt Romney gave a statement to the group that said, “(I)t is imperative that we cultivate the promotion of fundamental family values. This can be accomplished with increased parental involvement and enhanced supervision of our children. It includes strict enforcement of our nation’s obscenity laws, as well as the promotion of parental software controls that guard our children from Internet pornography.”

  46. You believe the delegate count the MSM gives you because:
    1. After all that we have discussed (and the video evidence) you still accept the MSM’s lies and deception hook, line, and sinker. You like many others believe the straw poll hype as Romney won Maine, but did you hear Doug Weed in the interview? He stated that he believes Ron Paul took ALL or almost ALL of the delegates in Maine.
    OR
    2. You still do not understand the delegate process and how almost every state caucus so far are “soft” delegates and neither you nor I know exactly how they will vote until they vote in Tampa many months from now.

    Generally speaking, grassroots organization and passion like what you see in Ron Paul’s campaign has a large effect on the delegates and their voting preference. So the gaming that you have already acknowledged will increase those delegate votes more than you or the MSM even realize.

  47. Yeah yeah yeah

    At this moment Paul is so far behind wind trails coming off the back of his head. If the kids want to stay after school in each state and game the system that’s fine, but he will not get the nomination. Trust me, the GOP will see to that.

    Its not the media you have to worry about, its your own party. Paul has about as much chance of getting the nomination as I do to be pretty

  48. Look at santorum. He is the face of the new GOP and he is going off a cliff. He just called American workers elitist snobs

    I agree Paul probably won Maine. It was as crooked as the GOP could make it. But that is virtually meaningless. Everyone knew Paul would win Maine.

    Paul is most decidedly not where the head of the GOP wants to go. He has no chance in Michigan and the other midwest states.

    So tell us, how do you feel about Paul wanting to take citizenship away from your kids that are born here? The 14th amendment he wants gone? Not having to recognize the public debt? Tell us all about utopia. Tell us how Paul wants to take birth control away from your wife and daughters. http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/elections/2012/gop-presidential-candidates/ron-paul.html

    Your paul isn’t for your rights, he is for the rights he wants you to have.

  49. Because saying “candidates pledge to uphold existing obscenity laws” is not nearly as sensational as “CANDIDATES GONNA BAN ALL DA PRON!!!!eleven!!1!”

  50. You guys are cherry picking words as quotes. None of these guys will eliminate porn. All of these guys want to create jobs. Wake up idiots.

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