Tom Graves recently voted against the ban of interstate commerce of sexually explicit animal crush videos.
He was one of only three (3) that voted against H.R.5566 (Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010) which prohibits knowingly and for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain selling or distributing an animal crush video in interstate or foreign commerce. These videos show the grotesque act of women in stylish footwear intimidating and eventually crushing and killing innocent kittens, puppies and rabbits for the express purpose of satisfying perverted sexual fetishes. Graves has stated that this ban is unconstitutional and Congress does not have the authority to ban these socially unacceptable videos because it does not fall within the constitutionally limited role of the federal government. My opponent could not be more wrong on this issue.
Congress IS granted the power to regulate this. The power to regulate interstate commerce is clearly granted to Congress by Article 1.Section 8. Clause 3:
Article 1, Section. 8. Clause 3.To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
Profit is the main motivation behind this perverted abuse and only Congress can criminalize the sale of these videos between the states and from foreign nations. This is the same section of the Constitution which allows us, in the same manner, to prohibit the interstate sale and distribution of child pornography. Would Graves support a repeal of the federal law prohibiting child pornography? If he follows the same logic he used in voting "NO" for the Crush Video ban then he would have to say "yes."
I believe common sense and good Christian principles, along with a clear understanding of the Constitution, only leads to one conclusion: both of these practices should remain banned and, unlike Tom, I would have voted "YES" to ban the interstate sale of these videos.
H.R. 5566 is not an example of a run away federal power grab like OBAMACARE or the stimulus bills. A common sense, Christian, conservative can quickly see where companies that profit from this disgusting enterprise cross from one section of the country to another, and that only a national crime effort can help curtail this problem. Animal Crush videos are not going to be produced and sold in Blairsville or Gainesville, GA. They will be produced, along with child pornography, in places like California and China, and then sold in other parts of the country. This is an issue that needs to be dealt with on a national level.
This was not a difficult vote. Tom Graves was one of only three "no" votes with 99% of Congress supporting it. That means that conservative Republicans voted en masse to support H.R. 5566. Graves' vote shows not only that he is out of touch with North Georgia on this issue, but also our Christian values that make this district a great place to live.