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Social Conservatives Push Socialism to Limit Access to Video Games

There was a short period of time where religious conservatives and libertarians could form an alliance on issues. Social conservatives didn’t want government to promote a liberal agenda and constitutional conservatives agreed. Unfortunately, it appears that some religious conservatives began to promote agendas eerily similar to their liberal counterparts and have become more than willing to abandon key principles of limited government in order to advance their views. The Rev. Franklin Graham is an classic example of someone who has gone off the rails politically.

In a meeting with White House officials, Rev. Graham began to promote “sin taxes” for video gamers in an effort to limit access to violent video games. Mr. Graham was recently confronted on his proposal by Fox News report John Stossel who remains committed to an agenda of limited government. Stossel twisted Graham into a pretzel.

Stossel played clips of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IO) blaming video ames of incidents of violence in the country. Stossel asked the Rev. Graham whether he thought Sen. Grassley was correct. “We see violence all around us, but in our country, John, in the last 30-40 years, violence has come into our homes in the form of entertainment. … when I was growing up it was Gunsmoke or Marshall Dillon. He only pulled out his gun to protect and to save life and the good guys always won. But it’s a far cry from the video games that we have today, and what we see on television from Hollywood. Every night the gun is glorified.”

Stossel asks in reply, “What do you want to do, do you want to ban them?”

Rev, Graham concedes because of the Constitution games can’t be banned, “But we certainly can tax them.”

Later in the interview, Stossel confronts Graham with the facts that, for instance, in Japan, video games are much more popular than in the United States, yet their level of violence is quite lower. Graham, like a liberal, looks to government to find a solution to the problem saying, “The President and Congress need to get behind and try to find a way to curb violence. It’s [an] epidemic in our country.”

Fox’s Stossel continues, “In the 1950s, the villain was the comic book. The Senate claimed comics were causing juvenile delinquency. And at one hearing, so-called forensic scientists said one comic promotes sadistic fantasies to kids. That comic was Superman.”

Graham responds, “I don’t know, maybe those comic books did have a negative impact. … We don’t know unless we have a study, do we? And our government is not focusing on that.” John Stossel says, “I can’t imagine what more study we could have other than the fact that the games are more popular and crime is down.”

The exchange is a classic example as to why the Reagan Coalition is in pieces and will be impossible to put back together. Supporters of limited government could never join a coalition with those who want to use government to impose their agenda on others. Tax increases, regulations, taxpayer funded government studies and bans on things like video games come straight from the statists bag of tricks. Unfortunately, the Rev. Graham is more than willing to play their game and he is not alone.

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