Terry Neal’s article in today’s WaPo, GOP Corporate Donors Cash In on Smut, is a bit muddled, but it makes two very good points:

1. The “moral” values of people in red states are as “compromised” as those of people in blue states — as exhibited by unwed birth rates, divorce rates, pop culture consumption, and pr*n consumption. In some cases, red states are in “worse” shape. [note: the quotation marks do mean something here -- I'm intentionally distancing.]

2. Many of the big corporate GOP donors reap big profits from peddling pr*n, much of which comes from selling pr*n to red states. This suggests that these big corporate donors don’t care much about pr*n.

So who’s moral here? Certainly not people who vote based on “moral” issues, then pick up a skin flick on DVD. Certainly not people who vote against gay marriage, then go home and catch the latest ep of Desperate Housewives before renting pay-per-view pr*n on DirectTV and having non-marital sex. Certainly not voters who pay more attention to the morals of others than they do the morals of themselves. Certainly not.

Hypocrisy is not a moral value.

The moral values issue is a sham. It’s a lie socially conservative voters tell themselves to explain away the desperate deal they have made with economically regressive corporations. A deal brokered by the Republican Party, whose true agenda is to undo 70 years of progressive tax and economic reforms.

Any immorality in our current political climate lives in that deal and its attendant hypocrisy.

Posted on December 21st, 2004 by Katxena