“Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced,” decrees the 2012 Republican Party Platform in a section entitled “Renewing American Values.” That plank also urges the implementation of unspecified measures “to ensure that the Internet cannot become a safe haven for predators….”
The apparatchiks who drafted the platform apparently gave little — if any — thought to the matter of reconciling a national “war on porn” with the platform’s pious invocation of federalism and the Tenth Amendment. It’s also notable that the section dealing with threats to privacy alluded to the proliferation of surveillance drones while omitting mention of the Regime’s use of porno-scanners in airports.
According to the platform, the Republican Party was “born in opposition to the denial of liberty” and that it “stands for the rights of individuals, families, faith communities, institutions — and of the States which are their instruments of self-government.” This proud boast is a reeking pile of used food. The Republican Party was created by a cabal that sought to centralize political control over the states in the service of an economic vision now known as corporatism or corporate socialism. Like the people who founded that party, the first Republican president was perfectly willing to countenance the continuation of slavery — to the point of supporting a proposed constitutional amendment that would have made it permanent — in order to preserve and expand a system of taxation that would benefit its allies in the plundering class.
This is why the heroic abolitionist Lysander Spooner had nothing but frigid contempt for Lincoln and his allies in the GOP plunderbund, who "profess[ed] that they can aid liberty, without injuring slavery...." In his essay “Vices Are Not Crimes: A Vindication of Moral Liberty,” Spooner limned some very important distinctions that are utterly foreign to the punitive statists who created the Republican Party, and those who act as its contemporary shock troops today.
"Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property,” Spooner observed. “Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another....In vices, the very essence of crime — that is, the design to injure the person or property of another — is wanting...Unless this clear distinction between vices and crimes be made and recognized by the laws, there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property...For a government to declare a vice to be a crime, and to punish it as such, is an attempt to falsify the very nature of things. It is as absurd as it would be to declare truth to be a falsehood, or falsehood truth."
Or as absurd as the moral posturing of people who want to deploy Stormtroopers to arrest some wretch for possessing a stash of dirty pictures, while granting the gropers and fondlers employed by the TSA (which apparently uses the child sex offender registry as a recruiting pool) a license to continue forcing unwilling, innocent victims to participate in the production of government-licensed pornography.