The Ultimate Evil

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Steve Shannon: THIS is the change I want to believe in!

I have been quite vocal in my anger toward President Obama’s pick for Deputy Attorney General, David Ogden. Please read my previous posts to understand why, but here is a glimpse for you from an article outlining his attitude toward children and child predators:

For instance, he once filed a brief on behalf of a group of library directors arguing against the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The act ordered libraries and schools receiving funding for the Internet to restrict access to obscene sites. But Ogden’s brief argued that the act impaired the ability of librarians to do their jobs. He called it “unconstitutional,” though the Supreme Court later disagreed with him and upheld the act.

And he argued, on behalf of several media groups, against a child pornography law that required publishers of all kinds to verify and document the age of their models (which would ensure the models are at least 18). The provisions were struck down. […]

And this is why I am beginning to understand Andrew Vachss’ hatred of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who have been letting me and others like me down quite frequently lately, making me wonder if there isn’t a fox or two in the hen house (you heard me):

“Mr. Ogden’s impressive career as a litigator, leader of the legal community and great public servant will serve the Justice Department, law enforcement and America’s families well,” wrote the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

I have criticized the Obama camp for not publicly addressing the posting of his daughters’ images on pedophilia and child pornography sites, and I’ve honestly begun to wonder if any politician gives a damn. What does it take for them to publicly denounce child sexual abuse? Are they afraid of losing the votes of abusers?

I was home relaxing before going back to work the other day and did what I rarely do during the day – turned on the television. Almost immediately, a story came on about a candidate for Virginia’s Attorney General. His name is Steve Shannon and this is what they were featuring on the story:

And then I found this:

Now, I don’t listen to every campaign of every politician in North America, but so far, this is the FIRST political candidate I have heard whose entire campaign seems to be focused on stopping child sexual abuse, sexual predators, child pornographers, and so forth. The topic of CSA seems to be some kind of taboo for campaigning candidates, but not this guy! He makes no hesitation and no qualms about his stance and what he believes needs to be done. And I say, it’s about damned time!

I hope the people of Virginia are smarter than those who have supported Obama in his decisions that have further endangered our children and they vote for Steve Shannon.

October 4, 2009 - Posted by | Child Advocates, David Ogden, Obama, Politics, Steve Shannon

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