Yesterday, there was a big hubub in Baltimore. The University of Maryland was going to show a dirty movie in the Student Union.
Thank goodness, the State Senate stepped in and threatened to cut off funding if they went through with the show.
Through all the hand ringing about censorship and allowing young people to see this filth, I wonder if any of the kids out there caught the real lesson (unintentional though it might be).
Personally, I really don’t care what the kids watch. It’s insignificant. But the Senate’s actions did have a benefit.. they demonstrated that if you want the state to use force to take money from other people and give it to you, well, you better do what the state says.
Think about that, and the implications to bailouts. You really want the government to tell you what you can and can’t do when they are paying for your health care?
Unfortunately, few will get the lesson, and we’ll go on fighting about free speech and the evils of porn, missing the larger point that Andy Harris so thoughtfully (and unintentionally) made.