Just in time for the convention, the Republican party is busy hammering out their platform, and if you’re looking for them to take a sane turn, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Included in the platform are a lot of things the Supreme Court has already ruled against, and one “public health crisis,” that’s barely a crisis at all.
When a person thinks public health crisis, they might think of the Zika virus, which President Obama is begging the petulant GOP Congress to help do something about. Or, they might think about gun violence – a crisis from which 86 people die every single day. A person might also think of the opioid crisis, from which 78 people die every day.
You’d think, but that’s not the GOP’s priority. Republicans have officially added the “public health crisis” or pornography to its platform, and it’s beyond ridiculous.
“Pornography, with his harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and wellbeing,” the amendment stated.
Obviously, child pornography is insidious and child pornographers should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, but for adult porn, well, without putting porn filters on every single computer, there’s really no way of stopping it. Still, that won’t stop Republicans, if they have their way, from spending millions and possibly billions to solve a problem with no solution.
Perhaps rather than address pornography, which can be harmless, we should address issues like human trafficking. The House did pass several bipartisan bill last year, but it was stopped dead in the GOP Senate.
Human trafficking is estimated to be a multinational, multibillion-dollar industry and one of the most lucrative international criminal practices. The Department of Homeland Security estimates over 20 million men, women, and children are victims of trafficking. An estimated 100,000 to 300,000 American children are at risk of becoming child sex trafficking victims every year, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The real issue for Republicans, though, has nothing to do with the safety of children or of women. This year, even more than before, Republicans are attempting to crack down on all kinds of private acts. The platform supports gay conversion therapy for children – a practice that’s been deemed dangerous and useless. Despite the fact that marriage equality is the law of the land, the Republican platform wanted to say that marriage is between a man and a woman and they passed an amendment saying that gay people shouldn’t adopt.
What we’ve learned from this draft of the GOP platform is that Republicans have learned nothing from their presidential loss in 2012. Rick Santorum already tried the anti-pornography route and he was trounced for it. For the other issues, America is shifting to the left, not the the right. No wonder they’re called the regressive party.
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