Friday, April 25, 2008

Idiotic Idea of the Week

Hmm. Let’s see now. The United States is in the midst of George W. Bush’s seemingly endless war on Iraq--a conflict built on lies, one that most Americans say isn’t worth the cost in blood and treasure, and that threatens to further cripple an economy that’s already undergoing a recession--and rather than trying to get the country out of this mess, Republican’ts are spending their time trying to get pornography off of military bases?

Representative Paul Broun (R-Georgia) recently introduced the so-called “Military Honor and Decency Act,” which is meant to “stem the sale of pornography on military installations.” Justifying this wasteful expenditure of time, Broun, a retired Marine, says:
Allowing the sale of pornography on military bases has harmed military men and women by: escalating the number of violent, sexual crimes; feeding a base addiction; eroding the family as the primary building block of society; and denigrating the moral standing of our troops both here and abroad. Our troops should not see their honor sullied so that the moguls behind magazines like Playboy and Penthouse can profit.
Oh, get real, Congressman. Younger men (and women, too) enjoy looking at porn now and then, and no amount of supposedly high-minded legislation is going to end that. This is simply another in a long line of GOP sops to the Religious Right--the sort of legislation that makes a politician look as if he’s doing something, when in fact he’s doing nothing useful. If Broun, Bush, John “100 Years War” McCain, and the rest of the “accept my morals or rot in Hell” Right actually cared about men and women in uniform, they’d pull them out of the morass in Iraq. Or at least start making plans to do so. In the meantime, if we’re going to ask soldiers to die in a civil war halfway around the world before they’ve even had the chance to live a complete life, we ought to let them look at some shots of beautiful naked bodies.

It’s the very least we can do.

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