This morning I woke up to an interesting story from the one other state in the US that has legalized and protected porn production – New Hampshire. No that story has nothing to do with condoms and porn, but it does have to do with the fundamental issue behind condoms in porn. Freedom and right to choose personal risks.
In Dover, New Hampshire, a school board member wants to ban high school football in the town. Dr. Paul Butler, a retired surgeon, notes that the possibility of a concussion on a developing brain is devastating. He is also a former high school and college football player so it isn’t as though he doesn’t understand what happens on a football field. And it is not as though there aren’t medical studies to support his claim ( Please see: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/10/02/school-board-member-wants-to-ban-football-in-dover-nh/ ).
This follows last month’s Board of Health decision in New York City to ban the sale soft drinks larger then 16 ounces. Mayor Bloomberg championed the measure and stated that he thought “This is the single biggest step any city, I think, has ever taken to curb obesity, it’s certainly not the last step that lots of cities are going to take, and we believe that it will help save lives” ( Please see: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/14/nyregion/health-board-approves-bloombergs-soda-ban.html?_r=0 )
In Calabasas, California the city government has not only banned smoking in bars and restaurants but in 2006 they extended that ban to ALL public places. And then in 2008 they further extended the ban to include the balconies of your own apartment. If someone decides to light up on their balcony – they get evicted ( Please see: http://www.theacorn.com/news/2008-01-24/community/006.html ).
In 2011, San Francisco banned toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals ( Please see: http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/11/03/us-mcdonalds-toys-odd-idUSTRE6A25P220101103 ). Hazelwood, Missouri banned Girl Scouts from selling cookies on their own front lawn ( Please see: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/03/24/hazelwood-crackdown-on-girl-scout-cookies/ ). And in Midway, Georgia the police busted three little girl’s lemonade stand for not having a business license ( Please see: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43769978/ns/us_news-weird_news/#.UIlTm4VTv-k ).
What does all of this have to do with Ballot Measure B and condoms in porn ? Everything…
This is what the United States has turned into… “The Land of Fees and the Home of the Safe.” Long gone are the free and the brave.
I am appalled at how many people and elected officials are willing to trade personal freedoms for safety. We have diverged so far from the principles that this nation was founded upon that we have certainly lost our way. Benjamin Franklin must be doing cartwheels in his grave. His words should be etched into collective consciousness of every American;
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”