Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ted Cruz is Pro-Banning Dildos

From Mother Jones:
 [A] Texas mother who was a sales rep for Passion Parties was arrested by two undercover cops for selling vibrators and other sex-related goods at a gathering akin to a Tupperware party for sex toys...

In 2007, Cruz's legal team, working on behalf of then-Attorney General Greg Abbott (who now is the governor), filed a 76-page brief calling on the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to uphold the lower court's decision and permit the law to stand. The filing noted, "The Texas Penal Code prohibits the advertisement and sale of dildos, artificial vaginas, and other obscene devices" but does not "forbid the private use of such devices." The plaintiffs had argued that this case was similar to Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark 2003 Supreme Court decision that struck down Texas' law against sodomy. But Cruz's office countered that Lawrence "focused on interpersonal relationships and the privacy of the home" and that the law being challenged did not block the "private use of obscene devices." Cruz's legal team asserted that "obscene devices do not implicate any liberty interest." And its brief added that "any alleged right associated with obscene devices" is not "deeply rooted in the Nation's history and traditions." In other words, Texans were free to use sex toys at home, but they did not have the right to buy them.

The brief insisted that Texas in order to protect "public morals" had  "police-power interests" in "discouraging prurient interests in sexual gratification, combating the commercial sale of sex, and protecting minors." There was a  "government" interest, it maintained, in "discouraging...autonomous sex."


  1. This is just a further example of my claim that non-libertarians and non-Austrians do not understand a single thing about our concepts. Neither Cruz nor his horde of Tea Party supporters can see the “economic liberty” aspect of selling sex toys. Neither they nor the left can see that a religious conservative’s refusal to bake a gay wedding cake is from the same category of behavior and analysis.

    We are truly dealing with complete idiots and perhaps we need to adjust our strategy.

  2. Let's dissolve the people and elect a new one.

  3. "...perhaps we need to adjust our strategy."

    I agree. My own belief is that until we see that religion is at the root of nearly all war and sexual repression is at the root of all religion; in other words, until we see that mammals trying to stop one another from having sex is what most of the political strife in life is really about, we haven't a chance of dealing with it.

    The lust for power is the lust not just for more mates, but also a lust to stop others from having more mates. Ted Cruz is a perverted little Catholic boy, no doubt convinced that humans are born in sin and need his disciplinary attentions. I bet he is looking forward to having fun in the oval office, like Kennedy and Clinton.

    Ours is a planet run by sexually-retarded perverts, not philosopher kings. Time to adjust our strategy, indeed.

  4. Is the photo at top of this article showing us Ted Cruz discussing a particularly offensive dildo?

    1. Ha! It could also be a re-enactment.

    2. Its the black one his wife uses.

    3. Maybe he's talking about what he saw behind Donald Trump's podium.

    4. He is describing his favorite part of a john holmes video.

  5. I call BS. Ted Cruz does not want to ban himself.