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The economy. Education. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These are just a few of the many important issues facing American people today. And the one GOP wannabe presidential candidate Rick Santorum has zeroed in his focus on?

“Hardcore” pornography. 

Rick Santorum is concerned that pornographers are not being persecuted as harshly as they were under the Bush administration. On two different Sunday talk shows this weekend, he accused President Obama’s Justice Department of going soft on pornographers. Evidence to back up those claims are as-of-yet-unsubstantiated. 

Nevertheless, Santorum also recently added a section on his website, the blog Talking Points Memo noted, stating the United States is “suffering from a pandemic of harm from pornography” and how the Justice Department “seems to favor pornographers over children and families.” Now, I’m not expecting a nuanced argument from Rick Santorum, of all people, but methinks he doesn’t even know what “hardcore porn” refers to. It ain’t sexually abusing children. “Illegal child porn” and “hardcore porn involving consenting adult actors, which is protected by the First Amendment, and some of us might find personally repugnant but others of us enjoy consuming in the privacy of our own homes” are two totally different loaves of bread.

Why Santorum has taken up this particular culture war battle is a mystery to me. Not just because it’s so far afield from important issues, like the economy, but because it’s unwinnable. No one supports child sexual abuse. The extremes of both the right and the left will agree with Santorum, for different reasons, that actual “hardcore” porn is bad. But everyone else? They like their porn. Just as they like their birth control, and their gay cousin … and evangelical Christian men in sweater vests staying out of their bedroom.

[Talking Points Memo

[Mediaite]

Contact the author of this post at Jessica@TheFrisky.com. Follow me on Twitter at @JessicaWakeman.

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