Rick Santorum, who will never be President but who can still keep his boyish dreams alive by pretending he can run for AmericaPope, has caught some flack in the last few days for his puritanical position on porn. Santorum believes that porn is responsible for all manner of social ills, from divorce to critical lack of shame. But he sure didn't have a problem receiving campaign contributions from one smut-slinging company back when he was a Senator.
The former Pennsylvania Senator has always been against awesome things that a lot of people like, such as non-procreative sex, not being pregnant all the time, marriage equality, public education, and sweaters that have sleeves. But when people started noticing that his campaign page contained an entire position paper on pornography and how, if elected, he promised to appoint an Attorney General that promised to prosecute pornographers as though they attempted to work on the Sabbath or commit adultery, they started to ask questions. And Santorum has started to provide answers.
Yes, he really believes all that crap about pornography being a nationwide pandemic. When Santorum appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, he told Jonathan Karl that he very much intended to be as anti-porn as he wanted to be, since this current President has spent his first term in office laughing maniacally over a burning pile of Bibles while two guys in spiked collars do it in front of a group of crying Sunday school students. This must be remedied. Of his stated anti-porn policy position, he said,
...someone was asking about the fact that President Obama and his attorney general don't enforce the existing pornography laws. And we wrote back and put it up on our web site saying that we would, of course, as president enforce those laws, because obviously Congress in its wisdom understood that hard-core pornography is very damaging, particularly to young people, and that exposure on the Internet can be very damaging, and of course it's very damaging to a lot of folks who ... are in all sorts of settings (ph). You enforce the law. There are laws against purveying hard-core pornography. And that — we have attorney generals in the country, at least under the Bush administration, who did prosecute that. And this administration isn't. And I simply said I would follow the law, which I know in the case of Barack Obama can be somewhat of a hefty challenge for him, but we're going to do it as president.
Santorum's views on the ickiness of what other people choose to do with their genitalia haven't changed much since he was running for Senate in Pennsylvania. But he's never had a problem accepting donations from companies that make and produce pornography. In fact, BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski points out, Santorum used to make a pretty decent campaign contributions haul from a company that profits from porn. It's called Adelphia, and it bears the distinction of being the first company to offer hotel guests access to hard core pornography right form the comfort of their disgusting, semen-encrusted comforter.
Whether or not he continues to accept donations from companies that sling pornography isn't clear. But what is clear is that this man's mind has more issues than National Geographic, except with more naked pictures.