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Tech/Gaming Journalist: 'I think' Hillary Clinton's 'war on video games' was 'well-intentioned'

Case study in how the Democratic frontrunner gets away with a quarter century of attempted censorship

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In my cover story this month about Hillary Clinton's long war on free speech, I pointed out that professionals whose work relies on maximally free expression often end up supporting or at least sympathizing with the Democratic frontrunner anyway, even if they know full well how miserable and anti-constitutional her anti-media work has been. What explains the paradox? My stab at it: "Largely because the industries in her critical crosshairs—Hollywood, Silicon Valley, gaming—lean overwhelmingly Democratic, and Democrats care more about defeating Republicans and defending core progressive issues than having to fend off sporadic state meddling into their workplaces."

As if to demonstrate this phenomenon, Paul Tassi, who writes for Forbes about "video games, technology, and the internet," has a piece up titled "Can We Forgive Hillary Clinton for Her Past War on Video Games?" It is a remarkable exercise in simultaneously documenting a politician's awfulness on a subject dear to the author's heart, and waving away the topic as an area of active concern.

Tassi breaks down the comprehensive illiberalism of Clinton's Family Entertainment Protection Act (which, as he notes, would have "criminalized" selling violent video games to minors), and points out that it was "almost exactly" like California's video game ban that was later struck down by the Supreme Court on free-speech grounds. He embeds video of hysterical Clinton speeches, and unearths choice quotes like "We need to treat violent video games the way we treat tobacco, alcohol, and pornography."

And then he forgives her for it.

It's pretty clear that video games are no longer on the forefront of Hillary Clinton's mind, meaning that with a possible Clinton presidency, we won't see the return of such an agenda. In the end, I think Clinton was well-intentioned, and not some Jack Thompson-type figure dedicating her life to destroying the games industry. […]

In a way, Hillary Clinton reminds me of my own mother (a conservative who will be horrified to hear that) in regards to her views on games. Growing up, games were banned in my house left and right, as my mom thought that they could be a potentially corruptive influence depending on their content and level of violence. But I snuck away to friends' houses to play them anyway, and surprise, didn't grow up to be a psychopath, or ever have any anger or aggression issues whatsoever. I know she meant well, and I don't remain upset with her for banning these games, but it was just simply not the case that violent games ended up making me a violent person. And the same is true for millions of other gamers, despite this eternal rhetoric.

So, despite declaring a brief war on the kinds of games I love, I guess I won't really hold it against Hillary Clinton either. […]

I think this will end up being the least of Hillary Clinton's problems, but it's kind of fascinating to look back at this, one of her oddest crusades.

With Lent around the corner, I begrudge no one their deployment of forgiveness. But Hillary Clinton's war on video games was neither "brief" nor "odd" in the context of her long political career. And though Tassi is right to note that gaming crackdowns won't be central to Clinton's campaign or presidency, her censorial instinct already is.

First, on the alleged brevity of the video-game war: Clinton kicked off her campaign for the U.S. Senate in April 1999 with an angry speech calling for new crackdowns on video games and other youth-targeted media in the wake of the Columbine massacre. Sample:

[T]he constant exposure to violence—on television, in the movies, in the video games, in the music—does…have an effect on the way children see themselves and others. There is just too much evidence that children are desensitized, they lose empathy. There is increasing concern about the impact on vulnerable young people of video games that are interactive and that you win based on how many people you kill. […]

We are going to have to do some serious thinking in our country about how we will take more control over what our children see, and what they experience, and how they understand what they see and experience. […]

And I think we are going to have to be very honest about what kind of steps we are willing to take to do something about it.

The Family Entertainment Protection Act was not Sen. Clinton's first legislative rodeo with video games and free speech. Her 2001 Media Marketing Accountability Act, also co-sponsored by her friend Joe Lieberman, would have imposed federal fines of up to $11,000 per day for "the targeted marketing to minors of adult-rated media," including video games. As the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service warned, "The bill could impose a possible financial burden on speech, and that, as well as outright censorship, may violate the First Amendment." Danny Goldberg, writing at The Nation in September 2001, lamented that "Lieberman and Clinton apparently believe that federal bureaucrats are the ideal arbiters of the appropriateness of entertainment for teenagers."

Which brings me to Tassi's claim that the video-game crackdown was one of Clinton's "oddest crusades." This is only true if you ignore her past support for speech-infringing regulations on television, the Internet, and politicking. You can see a long list of such activities in this Clinton administration memo assembled in the run-up to Hillary's Senate campaign. She backed the 1996 Communications Decency Act (parts of which were struck down by the Supreme Court a year later on free speech grounds), the 1998 Child Online Protection Act (eventually struck down by the Supreme Court in 2009 on free speech grounds), and the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (struck down by the Supreme Court in 2010 on free speech grounds).

Given the theoretical underpinnings of her anti-media crusades—that children in particular "take those messages to heart like…little VCRs, and they play back what they have learned"—it is zero surprise that Hillary Clinton is campaigning right now on telling American social media companies to "take down" speech that so much as celebrates terrorist violence. Read all about that right here.

Is there any reason to believe that these actions were, to borrow Tassi's phrase, "well intentioned"? Well, sure: Most people (even politicians!) support stuff they think will make the world a better place, even if they're dead wrong about that. But more important than intentions are results, and the results of Hillary Clinton's prejudices, if unchecked by the Supreme Court or the political process, would have been to reduce the legal scope of American free speech, over and over and over again. It's hard to imagine commentators giving a Republican with this track record the benefit of the doubt (indeed, Tassi writes as part of his political full disclosure, "Hillary may be a robot, but tearing her down aids Republicans and rewards decades of their smears").

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  1. “well-intentioned” LOL.

    1. Her intentions were clear — to find an issue dumb Americans would sympathize with in order to rally voters to support her.

    2. Political tribalism will make even the smartest of people a gibbering fucking idiot.

    3. Wow, 53 comments and no one used the common phrase? I’ll do it:

      TL;DR: Principals not Principles

      1. tl;dr: Scorpion, Frog. Frog, Scorpion.

    4. 99% of the worst shit humanity has to go through starts “well-intentioned”

  2. It’s pretty clear that video games are no longer on the forefront of Hillary Clinton’s mind, meaning that with a possible Clinton presidency, we won’t see the return of such an agenda. In the end, I think Clinton was well-intentioned, and not some Jack Thompson-type figure dedicating her life to destroying the games industry.

    I don’t think this is clear at all, although I agree she’s not trying to destroy the industry. Worse she’s an opportunist trying to catch every wave of outrage which ultimately means she’ll be back again the next time the left gins one up.

    1. I thought there was a blood-clot at the forefront of her mind?

  3. I’ve said it many times, but…partisanship actually makes people stupid. If someone makes it clear that they are partisan, that they’re all about TEAM, you now know that this person is effectively retarded, and must deal with them accordingly. They won’t use logic. They can’t be reasoned with, or shown facts. In fact, there is basically no point engaging them at all since by being partisan they’ve declared that they will not deviate from TEAM no matter what.

    Choosing to be partisan effectively drops a person’s IQ below 100, or lower. And people actively choose to do this to themselves.

    1. You know half of these motherfuckers start out with IQs below 100, right?

      1. Yes, Nicole, you are technically correct, which as we all know is the best kind of correct.

        I was merely talking about the ones who started out above 100. Why am I explaining myself to you?!?

        1. +1 mansplaining

            1. Or, if you combine the two: Wurstsplaining

              1. This actually sounds delicious.

      2. I doubt it. I would bet that people with IQ over 100 are over-represented among the politically active.

        1. Spoken like someone who has never listened to some of our politicians.

          Seriously, there there are mentally retarded kids cleaning the men’s room at the local Taco Belll that our smarter than some of our reps.

          1. Isn’t that the libertarian ideal? Because those kids cleaning mens’ rooms are far more needed and useful on daily basis than the reps are.

          2. Politicians are an insignificant fraction of the millions who talk politics and vote.

            And I’d hold your examples as evidence of Epi’s argument. I bet many politicians score above 100, which doesn’t mean they’re not stupid, or that they’re not made stupider by politics and partisanship.

            1. To be honest, calling them stupid is the least loathsome alternative. If they are not stupid, we are going to have to find another term for a person who knows an action will have horrible effects, but demands (at gunpoint) that we do it anyway.

              The term that comes to mind leads (a hint: it rhymes with weevil) to all sorts of unpleasant ‘how do we deal with it’ rabbit holes that it would probably not be in our best interest to explore as a commentariat.

  4. professionals whose work relies on maximally free expression often end up supporting or at least sympathizing with the Democratic frontrunner anyway, even if they know full well how miserable and anti-constitutional her anti-media work has been.

    That’s how it happened in Germany circa 1933.

    1. You know what else…hey?!

  5. Why, despite both doing it to “protect the children”, is Jack Thompson seen as some crazy crusader while Hillary is “well-intentioned”? It’s like saying that Bush was some crazy interventionist while Obama means well in his…oh.

  6. Who is excited for the new DOOM.

    I am, I thought 3 sucked, but this looks like they are back on track.

    1. The E3 demo looked incredible. Sarkeesian’s inane comments about it just made me want to play it more.

      1. I think I might import Dead or Alive X3 just because I know the Sarkeesian crowd would hate it.

        I played DOOM 2 while listening to White Zombie at the neighbor’s house a lot during my formative years. I like to think the rhetoric against violent games and devil music at the time pushed me toward libertarianism.

        1. Based on your handle, I assume your favorite White Zombie song is “More Human Than Human”?

          1. Supercharger Heaven 😛

            Thunder Kiss ’65 is up there too

            1. A youth well spent.

    2. As a teenager I spent many nights killing teh monsters in Doom 2 with a friend over our 14.4 baud modems. I’m not sure I can get excited about it anymore, though.

    3. Unfortunately, I have a mental block concerning DOOM. The original was beyond the technological reach of most hardware, and I had a significant seizure playing it. I can’t even look at a still-frame of a DOOM-game without being ill.

  7. Most people (even politicians!) support stuff they think will make the world a better place, even if they’re dead wrong about that.

    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

    — C. S. Lewis

    1. Those two sentences are a big part of how i became a libertarian.

    2. Exactly, they’ll send you to the gas chambers with a smile on their lips and a song in their heart because they are absolutely convinced that it’s for your own good.

  8. But more important than intentions are results

    So triggered.

  9. “In a way, Hillary Clinton reminds me of my own mother (a conservative who will be horrified to hear that) in regards to her views on games. Growing up, games were banned in my house left and right, as my mom thought that they could be a potentially corruptive influence depending on their content and level of violence. But I snuck away to friends’ houses to play them anyway, and surprise, didn’t grow up to be a psychopath, or ever have any anger or aggression issues whatsoever. I know she meant well, and I don’t remain upset with her for banning these games, but it was just simply not the case that violent games ended up making me a violent person. And the same is true for millions of other gamers, despite this eternal rhetoric.”

    This is a ridiculously stupid, bullshit comparison. A mother not wanting her own child to play video games she feels are too violent is completely different from a politician trying to prevent OTHER PEOPLE from being allowed to play video games. In only one of those instances is coercive state power wielded – in the other instance you’re just talking about a mom trying to raise her kid as best she can. If my mom made me eat broccoli growing up because she said it was good for me, that’s not the same thing as the government passing a law mandating that I eat broccoli. Anyone trying to make that comparison is too stupid to take seriously.

    1. Irish, you seem to be forgetting that leftists actually do analogize government with family.

      “Anyone trying to make that comparison is too stupid to take seriously.”

      Your point still stands.

    2. A mother not wanting her own child to play video games she feels are too violent is completely different from a politician trying to prevent OTHER PEOPLE from being allowed to play video games.

      What’s different, from the child’s perspective?

      Remember, Hillary says she loves you.

      1. Something something VILLAGE.

      2. I say we let wolves raise them. Think of the cost savings.

        1. I give you Scotland, where children are raised by CORPURATIONZ!!!!!

          1. +1 Scotland The Silly

      3. It’s different because someone has to raise a kid since otherwise every child would eat nothing but candy and would die of either a) untreated diabetes or b) playing in traffic

        1. Or we could just not.

          1. We all know what happens when children are left to their own devices, Nicole. They must be controlled for the good of us all.

            1. We leave you to your own devices. Can’t be worse than that.

              1. You can always try!

              2. What kind of devices? Do they vibrate?

            2. Miri was a better example: http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Miri_(episode)

              1. Well, what about Charlie X?

                1. Lord of the Flies FTW.

                  Kevin R

          2. Not everyone is a nihilist.

            1. Not being a nihilist is a great reason to violate other people’s rights.

              1. It’s cool that you really hate your parents for whatever they did to you, but it’s pretty silly to project their evil onto all parents everywhere.

                1. You’re fundamentally missing her point, but whatever. People deliberately miss things that make them uncomfortable.

                  1. I am? Does a landlord have no rights to the property he owns? Can he not seek compensation for people inhabiting his property? If he can, and those inhabitants don’t have money to pay, can they not work out a barter system?

                    Now I understand that children are people and that we essentially have no right to make any demands on them whatsoever. Is there a reason why a parent who provides things that a child couldn’t afford can’t ask for something in return?

                    1. Make demands on my kids all the time and sharply restrict time spent on the playstation, tv etc.

                    2. Is there a reason why a parent who provides things that a child couldn’t afford can’t ask for something in return?

                      The parent freely chose to do that, and the child never asked for any of it. The relationship is 100% coerced on the part of the child.

                    3. Do you hate your parents, and all parents, because they abandoned you or because they didn’t abandon you?

                    4. Do you hate your parents, and all parents, because they abandoned you or because they didn’t abandon you?

                      The problem is with reproduction. Children don’t consent to be born.

                    5. Right, and I, and a great many others, reject your nihilistic call to stop having children. I also reject your inference that I should feel guilt or shame for helping to bring into being a person who had no choice in the matter.

                      Children can choose suicide same as everyone else can. If a child truly can’t handle being alive then they have every right to end their existence.

                    6. Children can choose suicide same as everyone else can. If a child truly can’t handle being alive then they have every right to end their existence.

                      And the years of suffering and oppression in between are just, you know, whatevers.

                    7. And the years of suffering and oppression in between are just, you know, whatevers.

                      I am sorry that your parents failed you. Obviously it’s not a good foundation upon which to base a concept of healthy parent/child relationships.

                    8. The years of suffering and oppression are what they are. I might propose that people who have no responsibility other than existing only suffer or are oppressed because they choose to feel that way. I’d give some leeway to children who are born with some debilitating disease who’s parents try to prolong their life because that is actual suffering, and completely unnecessary.

                      Are humans the only animals who have a responsibility to stop reproducing? Is the argument against reproduction strictly on moral grounds? Must cats, dogs, elephants, jellyfish, trees, and flowers also stop reproducing? Should humans be trying to find a way to rewire DNA so that the drive to reproduce is removed? How much moral obligation do humans have to stop life?

                  2. It doesn’t make us uncomfortable, Epi, it’s just that evolution has decided that Nikki is just a Cytotoxic/shriek level idiot on certain subjects.

                    1. It doesn’t make us uncomfortable, Epi

                      The tenor of everyone’s reactions to Nicole’s simple point says differently. It just seems odd to me that you can’t seem to respond to her logically and rationally and without having to insult her or imply there is something wrong with her for thinking a perfectly understandable way about this.

                    2. Ha, the tenor police! Because nobody EVER says “fuck off” around here instead of engaging. Frankly, having to explain the Faustian pact that is life as we know it is strange to most living organisms.

                    3. it’s just that evolution has decided that Nikki is just a Cytotoxic/shriek level idiot on certain subjects.

                      Interesting, I never knew evolution was a moral process.

        2. When I was four I announced to my Mom that I was leaving home. I had made it about half a block when she called out “write when you find work”. I changed my mind.

    3. In a way, Hillary Clinton reminds me of my own mother (a conservative who will be horrified to hear that)

      Yes, because Hillary Clinton is conservative.

      1. Hillary will be horrified to hear that.

      2. Don’t forget that one of the great ‘successes’ of the early Progressive movement (that Hillary claims as her ideology) was prohibition. The evangelicals of 1900 were among the leaders of the Prog movement.

        There isn’t much of a leap between a hard-core Jesus-Freak christian and a hardcore govenment-freak Lefty. They are both Progs.

        It’s not that Princess Felony is a conservative, it’s that your mom is a Progressive.

    4. if the feds tried to make us all eat broccoli that would be unconstitutional because…oh wait. obamacare, roberts, etc. i forgot that everything we consume (or try to avoid consuming) is subject to interstate commerce regulation and the “not eat your vegetable penalty” a perfectly legal tax. Hurrah for limited government.

      1. Isn’t there some wise Latina on the Supreme Court that thinks its just fine that the government makes you eat your broccoli?

        1. This is example #4,563,299 that one-size-fits-all government mandates do more harm than good.

          I have significant blood clotting issues (along with heart defects that should have killed me 20 years ago). Because of this, I take a medicine called Coumadin. Coumadin is rendered inert by Vitamin K (which broccoli has in spades).

          Eating my broccoli would quite possibly literally kill me.

    5. It’s a valid comparison as long as you accept that the government cares for you and wants the best for you, and that their power is justified by their good intentions.

      So it’s not a valid comparison to libertarians (or, I would snarkily argue, thinking people), but as a young person whose socon parents banned the corrupting influences of (among other things) Pokemon and Harry Potter in our house the analogy lands pretty well with me, even if it assumes facts not in evidence.

      That’s not to excuse Clinton, but I could totally see how if you were a Democrat it would be excusable.

      1. It’s a valid comparison as long as you accept that the government cares for you and wants the best for you, and that their power is justified by their good intentions.

        So it’s not a valid comparison to libertarians (or, I would snarkily argue, thinking people), but as a young person whose socon parents banned the corrupting influences of (among other things) Pokemon and Harry Potter in our house the analogy lands pretty well with me, even if it assumes facts not in evidence.

        You’re also assuming facts not in evidence, namely that the feelings your parents had for you are actually any different from the feelings Hillary does.

        Jesus, it’s amazing how well the brainwashing works.

        1. LOL

          Get back to me when the average parent does anything nearly as horrific as the average world government does on a daily basis, Nikki. Fuck, get back to me when parents do as bad at *parenting* as even the best government can manage at the same task (yep, looking at you CPS).

          1. What’s a nihilist to do? Can’t convince the rest of us to end our lives, and can’t convince themselves to pull the trigger already.

        2. It’s a valid comparison as long as you accept that the government cares for you and wants the best for you, and that their power is justified by their good intentions.

          So it’s not a valid comparison to libertarians (or, I would snarkily argue, thinking people), but as a young person whose socon parents banned the corrupting influences of (among other things) Pokemon and Harry Potter in our house the analogy lands pretty well with me, even if it assumes facts not in evidence.
          You’re also assuming facts not in evidence, namely that the feelings your parents had for you are actually any different from the feelings Hillary does.

          Jesus, it’s amazing how well the brainwashing works………

          You are also assuming another fact that is not in evidence; namely, the idea that government cares for you and wants the best for you. All history has shown us that in virtually every case, government cares and wants what’s best for government. Everything else is designed to increase the power and prestige and riches of said government

      2. Even then parents (in Western civilization) are not generally willing to escalate as far as murder to preserve their authority. Government is. If government is a parent, it’s a dad from some shithole with honor killings.

    6. “in the other instance you’re just talking about a mom trying to raise her kid as best she can.”

      The rationalization behind all forms of child abuse, as well.

  10. More of that socially liberal tolerance I’m always hearing about.

    Q: has any conservative state successfully banned the sale of “violent” video games to minors as was done by the most populous progressive state and attempted by the Democratic frontrunner?

    1. Plus Grand Theft Auto 5 was banned from stores in Australia by leftists who were worried about its ‘sexual violence’ and treatment of prostitutes. The left has had much more success banning games than the right has and they’re the primary proponents of it.

      Meanwhile, idiot progressives blame conservatives for allegedly being censorious, even though it’s left wing politicians actually banning things.

      “It may be due to the fact Australia doesn’t have an ongoing culture war with a strong conservative arm trying to ban sexually progressive pieces of art, but we’re less likely to freak out over one company having an opinion. We still have a strong history of debates about art and speech, even if the protection of speech and pride in free speech isn’t core to our national identity the way it is in America. It’s only inferred from the constitution, not explicitly outlined. Even then, only political speech is protected from government censure, not all kinds of speech.”

      This is regarding Australia banning GTA V. So GTA V gets banned by left-wingers for its sexual content and a left-wing idiot talks about American conservatives banning sexually progressive art. Herp a derrrrr.

      1. Pretty sure they (and several European countries) banned or required edited versions of Stick of Truth as well. I mean, if I had kids I’d probably be against them playing a game where you have to perform an abortion and then defeat the fetus in open combat but I really don’t think I need a bunch of elected buffoons to tell me that.

      2. “Even then, only political speech is protected from government censure, not all kinds of speech.”

        If that’s true, I pity those Australians who are content or proud of that. The government can’t silence your political speech, but other kinds of speech are OK!

        1. Wait, I thought leftists thought the personal was the political?

      3. Even then, only political speech is protected from government censure, not all kinds of speech.

        I see this argument popping up more often with regards to our own First Amendment – IIRC, Robert Bork (may his soul rot in hell) made this argument – the purpose of the First Amendment was to promote a robust political debate, therefore it only protects political speech, not hate speech. Arguing that the First does or does not protect hate speech is not a political debate, of course.

  11. “professionals whose work relies on maximally free expression often end up supporting or at least sympathizing with the Democratic frontrunner anyway, even if they know full well how miserable and anti-constitutional her anti-media work has been.”

    As Epi said, partisanship does make you stupid, and nowhere is this more clear than young, video game playing voters making excuses for Democratic censorship. Remember that back in 2000, Gore ran with Joe Lieberman. Lieberman has called for a constitutional ban on violent video games and Al Gore is married to Tipper Gore, who ran the Parents Music Resource Center which freaked out about scary, scary metal music.

    The Democrats have never much liked free speech, which isn’t surprising. What is surprising is how young people who are supposedly anti-censorship regarding music and video games willfully blind themselves to the censorship continuously supported by the party they vote for.

    1. Doh! See my post below Irish. That was ‘my’ generation and as I note below, they blew off Tipper’s transgressions using pretty much the exact same language and justifications.

      1. I don’t think anyone blew it off as much (if The Ramones calling her by name in a song called “Censorshit” is any indication) as they just didn’t know which Team she was on and just assumed the worst.

        1. No, they did. DURING Tipper Gore’s campaign they definitely hated it. Definitely. But when Clinton ran for president years later and picked Al Gore as his running mate, the bon mots started appearing with apologias for the Gores using nearly identical language. “That’s behind her; I don’t think she was that committed to it; That was Tipper, she’ll have no influence on what Al Gore does”

          1. Well, maybe you’re right. Personally, I never forgot about it.

            1. Gen Xers enthusiastically voted for Bill Clinton and it never really came up except in the very beginning of the campaign, so I think a LOT of people forgot about it.

              1. And then at the GOP convention, Pat Buchanan was in full KULTUR WAR mode; and adding that to Quayle’s shaming of Murphy Brown and Bush 41’s wanting more Waltons and less Simpsons, the Democrats’ stance on video games and music seemed less imposing by comparison.

                At least, that was how it seemed to me. The values-jihad crap the GOP was spewing at that time drove me away from Team Red.

    2. “Al Gore is married to Tipper Gore, who ran the Parents Music Resource Center which freaked out about scary, scary metal music.”

      Al Gore was -literally- by her side for much of it. Dee Snider has a great story from when he was forced to testify before her illegitimate little committee regarding the Twisted Sister song “Under the Knife”. In actuality, the song is about a friend and bandmate who underwent throat surgery. Tipper Gore, being the lying authoritarian pig she is, was trying to twist the song into being dedicated to The aggrandizement of murder and rape. Snider responded by pointing out that such an off-base misinterpretation was more of an indication that it was Tipper who “had a dirty mind”, which elicited a glare from Al akin to a spoiled child who’s only just heard the word “No” for the first time.

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=veoYcsH7Wrs

  12. Is Hillary calling for social media to take down speech celebrating Obama’s drone strikes?

  13. I can understand the “This politician was an asshole about (topic A) but they are so good on (topics B, C and D) that I will vote for them anyway, and we can try to influence them”. After all, that is where I am on Cruz (at least today. Tomorrow Reason will publish something about Cruz wanting to kill gays or send welfare kids to prison or something). It is simply a cost-benefit analysis.

    But I really can’t stand the pitiful “This politician was an asshole about (topic A) but thats ok cuz she’s really just like my mom. She cares about me, and her heart is in the right place.”

    1. TC seems to have been getting a lot of bad press from both sides of the aisle lately. To me, he is irritatingly socially conservative, but he does seem to be an actual Constitutionalist first and foremost. And I think he will use that impulse to overcome his personal preferences.

      Check out Louder with Crowder’s interview with him from last year.

      1. That is exactly my feeling about him. I probably don’t personally have a lot in common with him (certainly not religion, or music or even what is sexually appropriate. Hint: for me if it only involves consenting adults IT IS ALL APPROPRIATE)

        However, we aren’t electing a neighbor-in-chief or the head of the Friendliness branch of government. Even if he does nothing to end the WODs, if he annulls a bunch of Obama’s executive orders, appoints a Scalia (or maybe even a Thomas) to SCOTUS instead of a Roberts (or Gods forbid a Ginsburg like Bernie would), and in general pushes for a smaller regulatory state, then we are ahead of the game.

    2. “She cares about me, and her heart is in the right place.”

      She cares about anyone? Evidence?

  14. Tassi is a loser because A) he’s an apologist, B) for inserting his mother into the debate, and C) his type are the first to get lined up against the wall.

    Jesus, he writes for Forbes and it takes our own Matt to school us about Hillary’s evil plots and ploys?

  15. I wonder where Tassi was during the Great Gamergate kerfuffle? With the progs, or with the norms?

    1. 10 seconds of Google shows, shockingly, that he was anti-gamer, pro-progressives. So at least he’s consistent.

      1. I was way, way late to the gamergate controversy and did a remarkable job of ignoring it. But I’ve done some post-mortem reading on the issue, and the woman at the center of the controversy repeatedly refers to herself as a ‘game developer’.

        That’s a bit like me putting together some shelves from Ikea and calling myself a carpenter.

        1. Jesus was a carpenter.

          1. Are we doing Jeopardy style today?

            My answer, Alex: You know who else was a carpenter?

            1. “Well, I am familiar with carpentry and I don’t know who my father is. So, am I the messiah? I don’t know, I could be, I’m not ruling it out.”

              1. Are you attracting disciples?

                1. They are more like “abductees” rather than disciples, Homple.

              2. Can you turn water into wine?

        2. coding is logocentric and patriarchal. female programmers need government-enforced safe spaces. Ada Lovelace? never heard of her.

          1. Linda’s sister?

  16. It is a remarkable exercise in simultaneously documenting a politician’s awfulness on a subject dear to the author’s heart, and waving away the topic as an area of active concern.

    It’s funny how some of us political cynics are laughed off when Candidate from party A is really, really awful, and we ask who voters from party A are going to vote for instead? It certainly won’t be a candidate from party B. Let alone C or D.

  17. It’s pretty clear that video games are no longer on the forefront of Hillary Clinton’s mind, meaning that with a possible Clinton presidency, we won’t see the return of such an agenda. In the end, I think Clinton was well-intentioned, and not some Jack Thompson-type figure dedicating her life to destroying the games industry. [?]

    BTW, this ain’t nothin’ new. When I was young and starry-eyed, I remember how my generation brushed off Tipper Gore’s prior transgressions using almost the exact same language. When young people wanna vote for someone, they’re gonna vote for ’em.

  18. Non-gamers really dislike the idea of other people simply spending their time gaming.

    1. Only assholes worry about how their neighbors spend their free time (assuming none of the neighborhood kids are missing).

    2. I prefer that my kids don’t spend too much time gaming. You, I don’t give a fuck.

    3. It was better when electronic gaming was so technical that it was pretty much opake to anyone who didn’t do them. Folks couldn’t get so worked up about it because they really had no fucking idea what gamers were doing, however much it may’ve looked like they were deep in the midst of some sort of satanic rite.

      1. For some reason, that didn’t work for wargamers, even though it is even more incomprehensible to the uninitiated. Heck, half the people that were playing OGRE had no idea what they were doing. Outsiders couldn’t even recognise them as games, even if they were just doing one of the more down to earth revisitations of a historic battle or other. Regardless that they couldn’t tell dick about what was going on, they were enthusiasticly hostil about it and quite willing to fill in the blanks in their knowledge with whatever crasy shit they dreamt up in some kind of hypnopompic fervor. My elder brother was a fanatical war gamer that did every kind of strategic system I’ve ever heard of. He also used to make these outrageously detailed dioramas of famous battles. My wife one time tells him, “Gee, you sure must love war.” He looked shocked, confused, and then burst out laughing. If everyone was like him and accepted selfdefense as his Christian duty, regardless how distasteful, warfare in the modern sense would quickly become impossible. It’s not the universal soldier that propagates the war so much as it is the universal noncombatant who demands that the sheriff go and attack his neighbour for keeping firearms without permission and expects when it comes down to it that someone else will die in his place.

  19. She seeks to limit my freedom because she loves me. Hillary Clinton loves me! I love Hillary Clinton!!
    **Smile turns to gape as knife silently enters from behind**

  20. “or ever have any anger or aggression issues whatsoever. ”
    If he’s backing Clinton then he is mistaken.

  21. Its going to take a lot of sugar to make the Hillary shit-sandwich go down.

    expect this to be the journalistic M.O. for the next 8 months

    1. If the Dems get to the place where they collectively believe that Sanders can’t win in the general, the Hillary justifications are going to start flying hot and heavy. You can already hear them in some sectors. I listened to a long diatribe about how Hillary is, deep down, just as progressive as Bernie so not to worry, and no need to put all your idealistic eggs in the Bernie basket.

    2. It already is. Expect it to get 10 times worse.

  22. Tassi breaks down the comprehensive illiberalism of Clinton’s Family Entertainment Protection Act (which, as he notes, would have “criminalized” selling violent video games to minors)

    “What are you in for?”
    “I sold a teenager a copy of Duke Nukem 3D.”

    That’s a world that Hillary Clinton strove to create. Get to work on that cognitive dissonance, leftists oh-so-concerned about criminal justice. I will enjoy seeing a bunch of BLM people endorse her.

    1. Remember: There are too many Americans in prison and this is a national outrage, but let’s ban guns (which 1/3rd of all Americans own) thus immediately turning 100 million people into felons. Plus, it’s totally cool that Hillary would have supported jailing random store clerks if they didn’t check IDs before the sale of Grand Theft Auto. Oh, and throwing people in prison for selling loosy cigarettes in order to avoid our punitive taxation is also okay.

      I don’t think progressives have quite thought through their political opinions. It seems rather inconsistent.

      1. It seems to consistently result in the Party gaining more power, and that’s all they’ve ever stood for.

    2. “I sold a teenager a copy of Duke Nukem 3D.”

      Alright, I could see jailing people for selling anyone a copy of that.

      1. Huh? This is not that Duke Nukem game that (finally) came out a couple years ago; I’m talking the ’96 edition, boy! That game was awesome.

  23. It’s pretty clear that video games are no longer on the forefront of Hillary Clinton’s mind, meaning that with a possible Clinton presidency, we won’t see the return of such an agenda.

    A lot of stupid packed into a few words.

  24. Hillary Clinton’s ‘war on video games’ was ‘well-intentioned’

    And Ghengis Khan wanted a ‘slightly’ larger backyard for entertaining.

  25. To repeat what I said before – I believe that Clinton’s crusade was retarded both on 1st Amendment grounds and because she assumed that violence=evil where children are concerned.

    Throughout history, children – at least boys – have been taught by their elders to admire heroes who use violence – in self-defense, in defense of the weak, in defense of one’s country.

    If anything parents ought to have a kind of *reverse* censorship to make sure boys learn about heroes who sometimes had to go into violent situations to rescue the weak or defend justice.

    The problem arises when kids are shown movies and games justifying *nihilistic* violence – glorifying criminality and sadism.

    When someone speaks generically about violence in media or games and how children should be shielded from it, she’s either retarded and/or an ideologue who actually believes that there’s no difference between Braveheart fighting the English and a Grand Theft Auto points-for-robbing-and-killing scenario.

    And not all video games are Grand Theft Auto – sometimes you get to be a hero saving the world from a zombie plague.

    The social “scientists” don’t draw these key distinctions either, so their research is made worthless in advance.

    1. This is exactly one of the criteria I use when allowing my boys to see movies or play video games. I have no problem with “violence” (particularly because my kids know the difference between fantasy violence and real violence). It is the context. I don’t let them play GTA. Though frankly they have never even expressed an interest in it. But we kill LOTS of Imperial Stormtroopers in the new Star Wars Battlefront (and sometimes when nobody is around, I kill rebel scum!).
      I will take them all to see all the comicbook movies (Avengers, BvS, X-Men etc) except Deadpool. Maybe my 14 yo I will take. Although, I personally wouldn’ have a fit if I find out later this year that they watched it on iTunes or something when it comes out.

      1. The Deadpool and Cable comics (54 issue run that is now completed and can be bought in a single Omnibus) are good if you want to introduce them to Deadpool. It’s basically one big long story arc about the different ways people try to be good, and that their ideas of what constitutes that is going to be different. The story line about Cable trying to build his perfect world is an especially good one to discuss with your kids.

  26. It’s pretty clear that video games are no longer on the forefront of Hillary Clinton’s mind, meaning that with a possible Clinton presidency, we won’t see the return of such an agenda.

    Yeah, it’s not like she had some hack filmmaker thrown in jail in an attempt to cover-up her deadly incompetence.

    1. Worth noting games of 1999 would not, in present context, be considered very realistic to anyone/everyone who uses a half-decent smartphone.

      A funny setup would have Senate re-convene those hearings today, and have the same criers exhibit those 1999 games while claiming those cartoony pixelated blobs will program children into cold psychos. After all, games have changed so much but the criers are pretty much same mopey faces (with blessed exception of Lieberman) of twenty years ago.

    2. Citizens United may be an indirect blemish on her free-speech record, but the fact that she brings it up at all in decrying corporate speech is worth noting. There’s a) the massive conflict of interest, and b) the fact that she’s fundamentally unserious about reforming campaign spending.

      1. There’s a) the massive conflict of interest, and b) the fact that she’s fundamentally unserious about reforming campaign spending.

        I think Hillary would like pure public money system because it is such a time saver, and takes care of pesky fucks like a Senator Obama or Sanders before they get relevant and blow up her narratives. In Hillary’s mind, this will allow her to get down to business of helping American working families.

        I do think some version of that is how Hillary’s inside-gears turn.

  27. OT (but still dealing with war): Islamic State is likely to step up “the pace and lethality” of its attacks in the months ahead as it seeks to fan the flames of international conflict, the director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said

    He further noted that saying “Islamic State is likely to greatly slow ‘the pace and lethality’ of its attacks in the months ahead as it seeks to play nice with others” would just sound “silly”.

  28. BAN BUSYBODIES!!!

  29. Journalists continually prove that they don’t know shit about games. They also continually prove that they’re stupid. Nothing new here.

  30. “What explains the paradox? My stab at it: ‘Largely because the industries in her critical crosshairs?Hollywood, Silicon Valley, gaming?lean overwhelmingly Democratic, and Democrats care more about defeating Republicans and defending core progressive issues than having to fend off sporadic state meddling into their workplaces.'”

    The word you are looking for here, Matt, is “tribalism.”

  31. “What explains the paradox?”

    Same thing that explains their feelings towards money and everything else; Free Speech exists exclusively for the Left. Everybody else is too evil and stupid and bigoted to be allowed such a powerful weapon.

  32. more important than intentions are results

    It’s hard to imagine commentators giving a Republican with this track record the benefit of the doubt…

    That’s crazy talk. The only thing more important than intentions is TEAM.

  33. I especially liked the comment from Leland Yee about their lust for money – project much, criminal?

    1. He’s a shameless prick.

  34. I remember when I was in the thrid grade this family of Anglocanadian pinko faggots moved to town, and I naturally was taking up with the boys for a time, if for nothing else but their charming accents. But it was the first time I ever run into anybody concerned about violent games being a dangerous, corroding influence on the young (then, it was chiefly things like along the lines of playing spacemen or indians or going shooting or setting off little bombs or stickfights. video games were too esoteric and uncommon, I think, to be of any concern. also, for some reason, hockey was fine. people, like my bror, who did video games back then, were already so far beyond the pale it probably wouldn’t matter if they were biting the heads off live swans, and there was a sort of wall of technical obfuscation that probably left a lot of people not really that sure what the devil they were actually doing with that tape deck and the TV set.), and I was really shocked and actually kept thinking I was misunderstanding what they were trying to say, since it was so outlandish and obviously wrong. Fifteen years later and it had started to become something people could say without anyone laughing in his face or coming out and saying bless your heart that’s so obviously false you’re either joking or think you’re the world’s best liar. It’s very strange.

  35. All I know is, we used to not have video games, and now we do.

    And we used to not have school shootings, but now we do.

    QED.

  36. “I think Clinton was well-intentioned, ”

    Hillary’s intention is to rule the peasants by force. Just like any other Progressive.

  37. Mr. Welch entirely omits that Mr. Tassi discloses at the end of his piece that he “likes everything Bernie Sanders says” and that his mother is conservative. With those to data points, there is really no surprise about any of the blathering about “forgiving Hillary” – he is a hardcore university-indoctrinated millennial slacker who is signaling to his cohort that as much as they may be feeling the Bern now, they need to prep for duty in electing Hillary because the alternative would be…..[GASP! SWOON!]….a Republican! O_o

    Watching gaming millennials giving a pass to Hillary is no different from all the millionaire rock stars who shilled for Al Gore in 2000 despite his being a p-whipped schlub who allowed his wife to demand and get record labeling because that darn Constitution prohibited censorship. Rock music was under assault by Democrats, yet they fell in line behind Gore and howl like stuck pigs in a wood chipper if a Republican uses their music at campaign events.

    Liberals be liberals. They are tribal beasts to their marrow.

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