This tweet by a minion of Senator Cruz- whose fondness for New York values extends no further than hitting up Goldman Sachs for sweetheart loans (literally- his wife works there) and fundraisers hosted by gay resort owners) surfaces an unsung preoccupation among the GOP candidates.Curbside "Mens Relief" Booth Pops Up on NYC Street to Help With Mid-day Stress - https://t.co/QV0thq6DsL via gatewaypundit #NYValues— Rick Tyler (@rickwtyler) January 17, 2016
Yes. It's masturbation.
Really. It is a longstanding GOP concern. Here's former US Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell ("I'm not a witch") campaigning against it in 1996:
Dr Ben Carson gets much of his material on what's good- and bad- for America from the writings of the late Mormon theologian W. Cleon Skousen. A new edition of Skousen's 1958 manifesto, The Naked Communist, boasts Carson's endorsement on the front cover: "The Naked Communist lays out the whole progressive plan. It is unbelievable how fast it has been achieved." And in another, 1962, book, Skousen, declared, In a 1962 book, Skousen decried homosexuality and insisted, "Every boy should know that masturbation may be the first step to homosexuality." Carson says it is jail time that does the deed for men, but Skousen's warning is clear.
Justice Antonin Scalia angrily declared society was playing moral dominoes in a 2003 gay rights case:
State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity ... every single one of these laws is called into question by today's decision.GOP POTUS candidate Mike Huckabee compared getting off to murder in his 2008 campaign:
Unfortunately, a Republican congressman claimed in 2013, keeping oneself pure may well lead to breeding a new generation of murderers:
A Texas Republican suggested Tuesday that fetuses can masturbate, in a logic-defying effort to explain to fellow lawmakers that the unborn can feel pleasure and pain as early as 15 weeks.
“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful,” Rep. Michael Burgess, a former obstetrician, said Tuesday.
“They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain,” he added.
Burgess, a 62-year-old tea party congressman, made the unusual claim during a House hearing on a far-reaching bill that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.Candidates who worry about national security doubtless know about the interview the leader of ISIS gave last year:
Forced to repeat the question several times to the confused preacher, he was eventually advised that the act was forbidden.
'Moreover,' Han said, 'One [saying] states that those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife, complaining against them to God over its rights.
'If our viewer was single, I could recommend he marry, but what can I say now?'
He later posted on Twitter an interpretation of Islam which he said proved masturbation was forbidden, adding: 'Lets keep ourselves out of trouble.'
Combine this with the repeal of the ban on gay service members, and you can see where things will lead.