“Think of the Children”? Think of Bob Dole!
Introduced yesterday: H.R. 2175, which would prohibit as indecent the broadcasting of any advertisement for a medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
That’s right, no talking about E.D. remedies on the public airwaves. The children are watching, and they’re listening too!
But there are other sympathetic interests to think of. Won’t this deprive poor Bob Dole of a source of income? He at least used to be a pitch-man for Viagra.
Only after wading through the obvious jokes do you start to wonder if this might be contrary to some constitutional provision, like the Third Amendment . . . Nope, that just bans the quartering of troops in houses during peacetime.
Wait! Yes! The First Amendment! (skipped right over it)
The First Amendment says, “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.” I’ve carefully combed the rest of the amendment and I find no exception for erectile dysfunction advertisements, but maybe someone in Congress has found one.
Here’s the current vote on H.R. 2175. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki article about the bill.