Thursday, July 19, 2007


In a speech this week to conservatives in Colorado Springs, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney opened a can of whip-bumpers (he would never call it "whip-ass") on sex offenders.

David Brody of Christian Broadcasting Network had this account of Romney's pitch:
His latest idea is called the "One-Strike, You're Ours" Law. Catchy title. Basically, what Romney proposed ... was tougher penalties for first time sexual Internet predators who prey on young children. If you are caught and convicted then you'll get "stiff mandatory jail time" plus Romney will sic big brother on you because the penalty will also be a lifetime of tracking by GPS systems. ...

He says he will require the Department of Justice to enforce the federal obscenity laws already on the books and ensure that producers and distributors of obscene material are prosecuted. How he will do that isn't clear.

Romney also says he'll "punish and fine" stores for selling really over the top violent and sexual video games to minors.
Some social conservatives already question Romney's anti-porn stance because of his decade-long tenure on the Marriott Corporation's board of directors. Marriott makes millions from in-room porn rentals; this makes the hotel chain "one of the country's top porn distributors," according to Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

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