Conservative gadfly Phyllis Schlafly put together a list of New Year’s resolutions that incoming freshman republican lawmakers on the state and federal level should adopt, in her estimation. Schlafly tackles all the usual conservative bullet points including school choice, healthcare, the Boy Scouts and video games. Here is one of the resolutions she proposes in her Townhall.com column:
"VIDEO GAMES: ‘There shall be no sale, rental or arcade-playing of extremely violent video games by children without parental consent.’ Explanation: Video games are increasingly graphic and harmful."
Commentary: It is interesting that conservatives want the government out of our healthcare, parent’s choices for schools and our pocket books, but not when it comes to content they deem immoral. Schlafly adds the phrase "without parental consent" but the use of that term is disingenuous. Why would I say that? I need only look at her September 2010 editorial on video games to see that she believes today’s parents are simply not smart enough or wise enough to understand video games and she wants the government to intervene:
"Parental control isn’t the solution because parents typically have no way to fully review these games before giving or denying permission to their children to play them. Some games are programmed to become more violent while the game is being played, and parents usually don’t or can’t play the games."
In other words, parents need the government to step in and hold their hands or do the heavy lifting for them. At least Libertarians are consistent in their view that the government should stay out of every aspect of our lives, not just the areas some political-leaners designate as "off limits."
You can read about Schlafly’s career as a political activist on Eagle Forum.