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Friday, July 28, 2006

I Think I Missed That Part of the Constitution

According to feralchimp (seen via tjic):

“How many people really think it’s in the best interest of young people to be sexually active outside of marriage? Does anything positive ever come from that?”

- Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma

I’m almost out of my twenties, and it still shocks me to hear someone (or even to even hear of someone) uttering something so profoundly antithetical to what I consider basic human values…and more to the point (since the speaker is a politician), basic american values.

Heh, I was about to write “isn’t Oklahoma close to Vegas?” but then I bothered to look at a map. Ouch. Kind of hard to get back up on the soap box after a trainwreck like that. You’re on your own, folks.


I didn't know politicians were forbidden from expressing disapproval of anything. For that matter, I didn't know that the standards of the past forty years were part of a two-century-old Constitution.

Yes, the government shouldn't enforce purely personal decisions, such as the decision to eat trans-fats or the decision to have breast implants, but I somehow doubt if those were included among “basic american values.”


Blogger Kent said...

I didn't know that the standards of the past forty years were part of a two-century-old Constitution.

I didn't know teenage sex had been standardized. I must have missed the memo. Was this ISO or ANSI? I was a virgin until age 29; where do I pay my noncompliance fine?

Seriously, the widespread failure to adhere to long-standing moral standards doesn't in itself establish a new standard. We can't give up that easily.

10:23 AM  

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