Monday, January 02, 2006
Sam Brownback for Prez?
According to The Wichita Eagle, January 01, 2006:
“Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., stirred up the 2008 debate a bit with his recent C-SPAN interview, especially his comments that if he decides to run, he will jump in early, and that he wants “to renew the society and renew the culture.”
What culture is he talking about, especially coming from Kansas. Is he going to fire teachers over obscenity (as defined by Kansas School Commissioner Steve Abrams)? Will we have another costly war with the media over sex, drugs and violence, as we did under the older President Bush.
Will we have to fight nation-wide over the science standards we trashed in Kansas?
By the 1990s politicians and pundits of the right, far-right and center left had called for a "culture war" against the movie, music and television industry. This is not just for the portrayal of drug use, but for sex, too much violence, themes involving suicide, the acceptance of homosexuality and a number of other taboos as well.
The US Senate held a three-hour hearing, November 6, 1997, to criticize violent and "anti-social" song lyrics. Senator Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, made it clear he wanted to Shame the music industry into acting more responsible.
"Looking at the lyrics of some of this music... particularly in the shock rock and gangster rap area, it's very violent,” Brownback said. "It's hateful to women, much of it is quite racist, it glorifies things like cop killing and date rape that I think everyone in society agrees is wrong."
 Tom Webb, “Brownback's music hearing inconclusive,” The Wichita Eagle, 7 November 1997, year 126 issue 310, pp. 1A, 5A.
 Tom Webb, "Brownback wants to drum shock out of rock," The Wichita Eagle, 6 November 1997, year 126 issue 310, pp. 1A, 6A.