Much like the average adolescent male, Rick Santorum thinks more about porn than the economy.

Santorum was recently quoted as saying, "I don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. It doesn't matter to me. My campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates." Then what does it hinge on? According to Santorum, “We need a candidate who's going to be a fighter for freedom. Who’s going to get up and make that the central theme in this race because it is the central theme in this race." For Santorum, "freedom" is more important than the economy. Santorum's vision of freedom includes infringing on the individual's right to love, making arbitrary pills illegal, and banning images that he doesn't like. Basically, Santorum hopes to base his campaign on defending his definition of freedom, rather than worrying about silly little things like the the unemployment rate. "Sorry citizen, I can't be bothered with how you're going to feed your family, someone out there is watching Big Sausage Pizza! Those MILFs are far too horny!"

Ignoring the whole "slippery slope of censorship" thing, I really don't care that much about porn as a political issue, considering the current economic situation and those "armed conflicts" everyone is always talking about. If you don't like porn, don't look at it. And, I mean, porn is cool and all, but it's not a necessity to life. I have an imagination, you know? It's not like the government can start imposing regulations on my imagined sexual fantas... be right back, I have a sci-fi screenplay to write. 

Commentarium (11 Comments)

Mar 20 12 - 3:13pm
Rachel

I dislike Santorum as much as anyone. But, wait, he didn't actually say "Porn is more important than the economy," did he?

Mar 20 12 - 3:39pm
Alex Heigl

You're right, that was a bit of a liberty to take. But that's kind of exactly what he's saying, isn't it? "My religious agenda is more important than anything concretely wrong with the country."

Mar 20 12 - 3:43pm
J-Town

He said "freedom" was more important than the economy and on a separate occasion (I believe it was on his website) he said porn should be banned. I believe this talented author was illustrating that Santorum's interpretation of "freedom" is subject to change at his own discretion and used pornography as an example of Santorum's hypocrisy. I find this particularly amusing since the porn industry is a job producing power house.

Mar 20 12 - 3:57pm
True Patriot

Santorum is turning more and more into a character straight out of Orwell or T. H. White. Pretty soon, it will be simpler to just assume that he always means the exact opposite of what he says. I agree with the former senator; we need a president who will fight for freedom. And since he's made it so clear that he's wholeheartedly opposed to freedom, I shall be voting for someone else.

Mar 20 12 - 5:39pm
GeeBee

He's becoming a character out of Lewis Carrol - specifically, Humpty Dumpty.

Mar 21 12 - 6:47pm
Rachel

Alex, I definitely agree that that seems to be Santorum's platform. I think in the original form of this article that sentence was quoted and I was just wondering if he actually said those specific words. Thanks!

Mar 20 12 - 3:37pm
Silenus

Santorum is right: Porn in times of no money is better than money in times of no porn.

Mar 21 12 - 10:22am
Selenium

When has there ever been a time of no porn?

Mar 20 12 - 3:48pm
Gazbo

Just print pornographic images on our currency - they're already taking it away as fast as they can; problem solved!

Mar 20 12 - 7:59pm
kewpie

The choice between Romney and Santorum depends on whether you prefer a Dickensian or Atwoodian dystopia. (I stole this from some dude on twitter. Patton Oswalt maybe?)

Mar 21 12 - 12:00pm
xpt

Porn is the economy, stupid.