“Malcolm Out Loud” is a smart and witty national social and political commentator who has appeared on FOX News and CNN. He has recently taken on Rick Santorum for what Malcolm calls Santorum’s “War on the 1st Amendment.” Today I had a debate with him on the radio show about porn and Rick Santorum.
What drew my attention to this was Malcolm's recent commentary:
Every President has a war on something, Reagan was the "War on Communism", Bush was the "War on Terror" and if elected Rick Santorum's personal vendetta will be against the porn industry, the latest in his attacks on Americans' private behaviors such as marriage and contraception.
Despite preaching "less government", Rick Santorum's attack on the porn industry is opposite to what he's calling for. It will take strict government regulations, inspectors and tax dollars to patrol the internet. This could also be a violation of their 1st Amendment rights, regardless if we agree or not with their content as long as it abides by the rules on sales and production.
It made me curious as to whether Malcolm believes in unrestricted pornographic access or whether he has his own moral restraints he demands. If so, is it fair to say that he wants to abolish the First Amendment as well? This allegation against Santorum seems to be coming from an untenable absolutist position that I doubt Malcolm would really defend.
I also wanted to debate Malcolm on the concept of liberty vs. licentiousness and the fact that our founders believed the latter would bring the destruction of the former. I invited Malcolm onto the show today to debate these ideas.