Thursday, February 17, 2011

For as Much as They Talk About Liberty…

Many conservatives only really want liberty for some. Now to be completely fair, many liberals are guilty of this sin as well. Liberty is not easy, especially when it is liberty for something or with someone with whom you disagree. It’s easy to tell those people to shut up, to call them names, and to deny their rights. I mean why not? They’re on the side that you’re against so why wouldn’t you want them stifled? That’s what this country is all about, right?


Those who cry about their loss of liberty by then trying to deny liberty to others do not understand the concept.

Case in point. I got the following email as part of an American Family Association Action Alert (emphasis theirs)–
Critical to AFA's efforts has always been to demand that the U.S. Department of Justice enforce federal laws against illegal adult pornography or "obscenity" as it is called. The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that the First Amendment does NOT protect obscene material and federal laws prohibit distribution of obscene adult pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV (including pay-per-view) and thus on hotel/motel television, through the mail, and in retail outlets.

Yet, there have been NO federal indictments for obscenity in two years by the U.S. Department of Justice. Now we have learned from a friend inside the Department of Justice that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has quietly shut down the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force. WE NEED TO ACT NOW. Pornography is causing widespread devastation in America, ruining marriages, causing addictions to children and adults, causing violence against women, and leading to prostitution and sex trafficking.

A letter from U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and U.S. Representatives Mike McIntyre (D-NC) and Randy Forbes (R-VA) addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder requests that he begin vigorously prosecuting major producers and distributors of illegal adult pornography. Senator Hatch and Representatives McIntyre and Forbes are circulating these letters now to all Members of Congress urging them to co-sign with them. They need your help as a voter to get your senators and house member to co-sign these letters to Attorney General Holder. View the congressional letter here.

Take Action

Contact your Senators and Congressman today. Send an email and ask your members of congress to sign the letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today!
I’m not going to argue the merits (or the lack their of) of pornography. That’s not the point. The point here is that the AFA wants to take away the rights of adults from wanting to take advantage of a product produced by adults and for adults. Again, they key here is the word adult. This is one group trying to tell the rest of society what they can or cannot do in the privacy of their own home. If the issue was smoking and the group calling for action was a liberal group, organizations like the AFA would be up in arms screaming and crying about their eroding liberties. This is the same thing.

Liberty is hard. It is sticky and ugly and something that we are losing in this country. We are losing it to an ever expanding government and ever expanding corporations that suck us dry while they keep us distracted with bread and circus. If we truly want liberty, then we're going to have to fight for it and I'm sorry but the AFA is NOT fighting for liberty.

And since we're on the subject, here is my all time favorite presidential movie scene and liberty happens to be the topic --

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