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           Wednesday, April 30 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterSenator Santorum's gaffe

I hope Western Pennsylvania's Senator Rick Santorum doesn't follow the road Trent Lott was forced to take, out of leadership in the U.S. Senate, over a public statement that is widely being reported, among the kinder media treatments, as a "gaffe," a social or political blunder. I hadn't really followed his career, however, before this incident made his name one of the nightly subjects in Jay Leno's monologue, so even this notoreity has its positive side, giving him new national exposure. And though the liberals would like to think this exposure will be his undoing, it's just as likely to give the Pennsylvania conservative longterm loyalty in the hearts and minds of people who work hard to keep those they admire in places of power and influence.

As for the gaffe, it was a statement, in answer to being asked to give an opinion on a pending decision by the U.S. high court over whether Texas' sodomy law should be overturned on grounds that it violates an alleged "right to privacy." The senator said, "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to [homosexual] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. All of those things are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family." Unfortunately, most of the media reporting and commenting says nothing about the underlying issue, a "right" to privacy. That would be "too complicated" for them to go into, of course.

It's ironic that the mass media are whipping up this issue, because no one is more grateful that America has no general law guaranteeing privacy than the media, who trample anyone's privacy every time they can whenever it might help them sell papers or get higher ratings. They fight against "privacy" in the courts themselves, routinely. For example, people frequently sue the media for using their likenesses in photographs covering anything from public riots to, well, semiprivate sexual indiscretions. The courts generally side with the media. The principle is, if "private people" are doing anything in public, even if "public" means their own apartment on a busy street with the window blinds up, it's fair game for reporting, and that includes publishing photographs of it. It would seem the media are saying it's okay to turn such acts into scandals for the papers, but not to legislate against such behavior.

The liberal side on the gay advocacy platform hardly cares what pretext is used to strike down any laws against sodomy, so privacy can be just as well used as any other grounds. But as a homosexual friend (who considers Texas' law "stupid" but does not identify with the gay advocates) writes, if the Supreme Court absolutizes "privacy," it will be disastrous. And he rightly, I think, characterizes the attacks on Senator Santorum as "absurd."

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 Things my mother taught me (second in series)

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT. "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
7. My mother taught me IRONY. "Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. "Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. "Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
10. My mother taught me about STAMINA. "You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

— Sent by George Dilling

Thought for today

I think people should be jolly, and cheerful, and kindly, and more inclined to say "Yes" than to say "No"; those who say "No" to themselves generally feel that this gives them a right to say "No" to others, especially to children. For this reason I think it important that jollity should not be thought a crime in those whose profession it is to be in contact with the young, and generally in those whose business it is to uphold moral standards.

— Bertrand Russell, writing in 1931

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