Add the Jacksonville N. C. Daily News to the growing list of those who think Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt was out of line with his effort to turn a movie rating into a political issue.
Blunt was so upset by the Motion Picture Association of America's decision to give a PG rating to "Facing the Giants," a Christian-based sports movie, allegedly due to its "strong religious content that he fired off a threatening letter to the MPAA, indicating that it is time for Congress to look into this.
It appears more likely that Blunt is looking for another divisive moral issue to drive a wedge between the parties. And as some who have left comments on earlier posts on this subject have noted, it seems rather ridiculous considering his recent past for the congressman to be playing the defender of family values.
It has not been the moral issue or any First Amendment concerns that have editorial writers up in arms about this Blunt initiative. They are more concerned that he is breaking away from the Republican tradition of limited governmental interference.
The Daily News editorial says:
While it’s not surprising that Republicans seem to be playing to their religious base before an election, the GOP used to stand for limited government and personal responsibility. Apparently those principles went out the window with the party’s fiscal restraint.These days, the GOP's idea of "limited government" seems to be "limited to anything we want to do now that we’re in the majority."