I’ve always found the “Republican Liberty Caucus” to be a little lacking in the “liberty” department. The gist of the group was to form a coalition of Republicans who differentiated themselves from the fundie wing of the party, and would nudge the party leadership in a direction less obsessed with the culture war.
Several years ago, I took myself off their mailing list after getting a letter from the then-chairman (can’t remember his name) that was mailed to me with an Ayn Rand postage stamp. The letter opened with an appreciate of Rand’s legacy and noted the irony of her being honored with a stamp by a government agency she’d likely have wanted to abolish. But the letter then spent a considerable amount of space denouncing Rand for her godlessness. I’m not a huge fan of Rand, nor do I expect everyone to share my views on religion. I just thought it was an odd way to use the organization’s funds, given its stated mission.
All of which is a roundabout way of pointing out this laughably over-the-top blog post from the RLC’s Illinois chapter website:
President Barack Hussein Obama Jr. continues to nominate persons of ill-repute to his Cabinet and Sub-Cabinet, including a pornography defender and a woman who covered up for her tax cheat husband by lying about the financial obligations to Congress. The lack of ethics of this budding administration is astounding — kind of like a 21st Century version of Roman Emperor Caligula. An orgy of spending, lying and strange sex.
David Ogden is the second person in command in the U.S. office of the Attorney General. Ogden must be confirmed by the Senate.
According to a number of reports, as an attorney in private practice, Ogden filed court briefs:
• Pushing for gays in the military.
• Defending obscenity and pornography cases on behalf of clients like Playboy, Penthouse, and the largest distributor of hardcore pornographic movies.
In various cases, he has also filed briefs opposing:
• Parental notification before a minor’s abortion
• Spousal notification before an abortion
• The military’s policy against public homosexuals serving in uniform
• The Children’s Internet Protection Act and the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act.
This man is a cultural radical. Contrary to liberal dogma, pornography is not a free speech issue. Pornography is degrading to women, and child porno is a crime. Ogden should not be confirmed.
I don’t believe I read the report describing how Ogden wrote a brief in defense of “child porno.”
And Playboy? Really?