Yahoo News reported yesterday that Republicans in Utah have adopted an amendment to their draft platform that called pornography “a public health crisis”, taking their fears of human sexuality even further:
Republican delegates unanimously adopted an amendment to their draft platform Monday morning that called pornography “a public health crisis” and a “public menace” that is destroying lives. The language went further in its condemnation of porn than the 2012 GOP platform, which condemned child pornography and encouraged the enforcement of obscenity and pornography laws.
Of course these same Republicans are entirely silent on gun violence that kills over 13,000 Americans a year, many of whom are young children -- a testament to the bizarre psyche of the American conservative male. The wording of the amendment is particularly nauseating given their shocking indifference to, you know, an actual health crisis.
There are no doubt problems with a certain genre of pornography (violent or exploitative), particularly when it is easy to access for young children. But given sex is a normal, healthy part of human life, one wonders what goes on in the mind of those who believe watching consenting adults engage in sexual activity constitutes a health crisis that is "destroying lives".
To come to the conclusion that consenting sexual intercourse is a public menace while children getting massacred via high powered artillery fire is not, there has to be a severe form of sexual dysfunction. It could be argued that the obsession with gun ownership itself is likely a form of sexual repression (in my personal experience, secure people do not feel the need to arm themselves with powerful weapons). And it goes without saying that conservative white men, the biggest advocates of gun ownership, are notoriously insecure. They vote to suppress women's rights, gay rights, transgender rights and now the public's right to watch pornography -- an indication of their inherent fear of human sexuality and the feminine -- yet never vote to curtail the rights of Americans to commit extreme acts of violence with deadly weapons.
The suppression of their own human nature also manifests itself in scandal after scandal. Republicans are a far greater threat in public bathrooms than Transgender people are, and the list of anti-gay Republicans who are secretly gay continues to expand.
Of course there is no way to prove that the Utah Republicans attempting to rid America of the corrosive effects of pornography are sex offenders in waiting, but with recent studies pointing to homophobia being linked to suppressed homosexual feelings, it isn't a stretch to believe that those who outwardly appear to hate sex are in fact closeted perverts. And when you take into account the astonishing number of Republican Christians found engaging in a wide variety of sex crimes, the pattern becomes clear: you are exactly what you hate.
Never was this made more clear than with the former House Speaker Dennis Hastert -- a Republican who portrayed himself as a crusader against the sexual abuse of children -- was found covering up his own sex crimes against a teenage boy.
If this well substantiated theory is indeed true, then the greatest public menace isn't pornography or even guns -- it is conservative white men who continue to punish the public for their own extreme sexual dysfunction.