by Eric Dondero
A new CBS series is set to premiere this week on Swingers in the '70s, called "Swingtown." The show has brief scenes of orgies, pot smoking and graphic discussions of wife-swapping.
Predictably, Conservatives are outraged. Gateway Pundit, an otherwise excellent blog, calls the series, "disgusting" and says "you can thank the liberals for this filth."
A Religious Right group called Parents TV Counsel weighs in:
Swingtown undermines the institutions of marriage and family. This show is not suitable for children. Swingtown is one of the most sexually indulgent programs we’ve seen on broadcast television in a long time, but is par for the course in CBS’ race to the bottom of vile and violent television programming. This show should not be on broadcast television – period.
When these groups take on Swingers, they are attacking libertarians, as well, as "liberals."
San Francisco moves to decriminalize Prostitution thanks to Libertarians NOT Liberals
Meanwhile, some big news breaking... An initiative to decriminalize Prostitution in the City of San Francisco has qualified for the ballot, thanks to the efforts of longtime California Libertarian Party stalwart Starchild. The initiative backers needed 500 valid signatures. The Elections office has just confirmed that the Libertarian proponents have the neccesary number to get on the ballot.
The Initiative states:
While prostitution is unlawful under the California Penal Code, the measure – if passed by voters – would ban the San Francisco Police Department from allocating any financial resources for the investigation and prosecution of sex workers on prostitution charges.
Section four of the ballot measure – under the heading "Prostitution Shall Be Decriminalized" – further states that the city, county, and district attorney "shall not subject sex-workers to life long economic discrimination associated with having a criminal record."
It should be noted that Starchild, (photo as a delegate to a recent Libertarian Party Convention),is a Pro-Defense libertarian. Additionally, Starchild, a male prostitute himself, has come under fire, from Justin Raimondo and other Leftwing Libertarians. He is anything but a "liberal."
Predictably, the Conservative media is portraying this initiative as a "liberal plot" completely unaware that this was an intiative sponsored by and pushed by a Libertarian.
An otherwise fine Rightwing Blog - World Net Daily - plays this view up in their headline, with the sub-header, "D.A. calls welcome mat for prostitutes and pimps."
Time for the GOP to let Libertarians take the lead on such issues of vice
Libertarians and most especially Libertarian Republicans are aligned with Conservatives more and more these days, on a variety of civil liberties issues. Conservatives have come around on smoking bans, seat belt laws, speed limits, free speech rights, and even in some cases on the gambling front. But they still seem completely out-of-touch on sexual matters, and hopelessly uncool.
And they wonder why young people are turning off to the GOP in record numbers.
Perhaps they should consider that it's their oldline prudishness that's more of a turn-off to younger voters than the War in Iraq. Solution: Let the Libertarians take the lead on issues such as legalization of prostitution and swingers' rights, and bring some hipness back to the GOP.
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