For People Who Think

April 17, 2012

Keeping the Bullies at Bay…by Dan Lynch

Filed under: Uncategorized — 4peoplewhothink @ 9:19 pm

Life overflows with uncertainty. Unexpected events occur all the time. You never know what’ll happen.

One thing we all can be pretty certain of, however. Rick Santorum will never be President of the United States.

Not that it couldn’t happen, but the great likelihood is that the vast bulk of Americans would never permit a total control freak to take over one-third of the federal government. And, like far too many people on the right and left in this increasingly divided country of ours, that’s what Santorum is – a control freak of truly terrifying proportions.

Rick Santorum wants to control what you read and watch and what you do. He feels a powerful, benevolent obligation to protect you from your own baser urges. He wants control over your sex life. He doesn’t want you using birth control pills, condoms or any other birth control device. He doesn’t want you having sex outside marriage. He wants approval over who you have sex with and how.

In his ferocious control urge, Santorum isn’t all that different from the liberals who couldn’t care less what you do in your sex life but want control over what you eat and what you think and say. It’s the liberals who are pushing Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers to drop his talk radio program, on which he expresses points of view they find objectionable. It’s the liberals who pushed through campus speech codes and hate crime laws that punish people as much for what they think as for what they do. It’s the liberals who want control over every morsel you put in your mouth. If they had their way, you could eat only liberal-approved foods and only in the quantities that liberals deem appropriate.

It’s the liberals who want to ban tobacco but legalize marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

I don’t know about you, but I find these control freaks – these nasty, intrusive, meddling, moralistic bullies who lust for dominion over the thoughts, personal activities and diets of other people – simply appalling. They represent a long tradition in American life, though, from the Puritans of early New England who branded adulterers with the red letter A to the beer-barrel-bashing of Carrie Nation to the gay-hatred festivities of Anita Bryant and company. They all have one thing in common: They just can’t bring themselves to leave other people alone in peace and privacy.

Santorum, though, is the first one of these sanctimonious crazies to get close to the presidency in a long, long time. He just posted on his Web site a promise to crack down on the distribution of pornography.

In the statement, Santorum says, “The Obama Administration has turned a blind eye to those who wish to preserve our culture from the scourge of pornography and has refused to enforce obscenity laws.” If he gets to the White House, Santormum promises, he’ll “vigorously” enforce laws that “prohibit distribution of hardcore (obscene) pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV, in retail shops and through the mail or by common carrier.”

As President, controlling the U. S. Justice Department, he could do that, too. He could shut down U. S.-based porn sites and push for legislation requiring Internet service providers to use “a mandatory filter set up by the government…”

I’m not defending pornography any more than I’m defending race hate, sexual promiscuity, boozing until you barf or gluttonous overeating. What I am defending is the first right of every American – the right to keep a prying, tyrannical government out of our private lives. I’m defending every American’s right to keep the bullying, self-appointed moralizers at bay, the right to be truly free.

Conservatives are supposed to worship liberty, but not, apparently, where sex is concerned. Too many of them want every aspect of your sex life controlled by the government.

At the moment, Rick Santorum is the poster boy for that point of view.


  1. I’m a professed liberal and I don’t give a crap what other folks eat or drink…as long as someone is seeing that it won’t poison you..They can smoke themselves into a hacking frenzy,but don’t bitch when all our health insurance premiums go sky high.
    The main reason I won’t vote for a Republican is their “War on Women” and BTW don’t tell me it’s nonexistent..I know better.
    Rick Santorum is a certifiable nut and he is just one of many in his political party. They’d like to push us back to the 11th century. I’m having none of it and if there are enough intelligent women in this country,they won’t be in office

    Comment by blackbirdmarsh — April 17, 2012 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

  2. @ Blackbird:

    Nothing will ever change if people insist on voting for only one side or the other in a two party system.

    Stop and think: what have the Democrats done that is so different from the Republicans with respect to women’s rights?

    Are you sure that the “War on Women” is taking place on Capital Hill? Or is it that some Republican men you know openly make chauvinistic comments?

    That’s important: first is legislative, the second cultural.

    Comment by Chris Honeycutt — April 18, 2012 @ 3:47 am | Reply

    • Fine. A lot of the “War” is happening in State legislatures…REPUBLICAN lead state legislatures. Laws are being passed to usurp women’s rights. AND voting rights are taking a beating. Second.. How do you vote for anyone else when you have no choices. Mitt Romney? Really? Over my dead body…

      Comment by blackbirdmarsh — April 20, 2012 @ 1:25 am | Reply

      • Blackbird:

        I’m not being purposefully obtuse, I promise you. Which laws are you talking about?

        Some we might agree are against women. Some we might not. Some might be part of the larger picture where programs to help the poor and destitute are always cut before the funding for perks for the legislature are cut.

        So can you be more specific?

        And if Romney really bothers you, that’s okay with me. There’s many elections out there; the president is just one position, not all of them.

        Comment by Chris Honeycutt — April 20, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

  3. Defunding Planned Parenthood in Texas,
    Scott Walker just repealed the Equal Pay Law in Wisconsin, Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape
    .A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”
    Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids
    Then there’s the constant assault on Roe V Wade
    It sounds like war to me..
    The Republican governors,especially the ones who came in in ’10, need to be gone by recall or the next election.. ,

    Comment by blackbirdmarsh — April 20, 2012 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  4. Oh, also – do you mean the “redefine rape” the “forcible rape” definition thing that took place a couple of months ago?

    Comment by Chris Honeycutt — April 20, 2012 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  5. Dan, Good to see you can’t give it up completely! Hope you are well!

    Comment by Charlie Smith — April 22, 2012 @ 10:44 am | Reply

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