Many think bringing this subject up is pretty stupid for Republicans, but I just want to point out the Obama administration has remained silent on requests for information concerning their own efforts to enforce obscenity laws.
In 2008, Morality in Media asked both candidates Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) if they would continue to enforce federal obscenity laws. Neither candidate responded. Once President Obama was elected, Morality in Media hit up the future president with the same question again and did not get a reply.
Earlier in this election cycle, Morality in Media reached out to all the GOP candidates and the current president with the same question. The responses in January were as follows:
Former Senator Rick Santorum in a written statement: “Federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced. If elected President, I will appoint an Attorney General who will do so.”
Former Governor Mitt Romney in a written statement: “(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.”
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich in a face-to-face meeting: When MIM’s Executive Director Dawn Hawkins asked former Speaker Gingrich if he will enforce existing laws that make distribution of hard-core adult pornography illegal, he responded: “Yes, I will appoint an Attorney General who will enforce these laws.”
Nothing from Obama, and this leads me to my points.
- It’s considered a “roll your eyes” subject in politics.
- Obama is smart enough to keep his mouth shut on the subject, and the media probably not ask him about it.
- The three top GOP candidates have the guts to answer and say they would enforce the law, as is the responsibility of the Executive Branch.
If this subject grows legs in the news cycle and any of the GOP candidates are mocked for wanted to “ban porn,” Obama or one of his surrogates will be asked not about what the Obama administration has been doing to enforce obscenity laws, but rather what the president thinks about the Republican desire to “ban porn.” Trust me, Obama administration enforcement of current obscenity laws by the Department of Justice will never come up in the interview.