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Republican Representative Joseph Pitts: A Man So Far Out of Touch With Reality

Recently Congress debated violence in video games, because with a war in Iraq, a war on terror, the immigration debate, and so many other issues, violence in video games needed to be discussed. This discussion on video game violence showed how far out of touch with reality many members of Congress are. But the award for the most out of touch goes to Republican Representative from Pennsylvania Joseph Pitts.

Pitts had this too say: “It’s safe to say that a wealthy kid from the suburbs can play Grand Theft Auto or similar games without turning to a life of crime. But a poor kid who lives in a neighborhood where people really do steal cars or deal drugs or shoot cops might not be so fortunate…There is almost certainly a child somewhere in America who is going to be hurt by this game, maybe his dad’s in jail or his big brothers already on the corner selling drugs.”

If you want to watch a eight minute Daily Show clip on the debate over video games which includes Pitts making this statement, and trust me you do because it is so funny, you can find the clip here:

Posted by Richard Rhodes at June 26, 2006 9:23 PM
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Good thing the rich kids don’t vote or follow politics on censorship, or their would be a Republican constituent backlash, eh?

Posted by: David R. Remer at June 26, 2006 9:45 PM
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Joseph Pitts is just jealous of San Andreas because it’s not his favorite game

Posted by: Bill C. at June 26, 2006 10:19 PM
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and it’s a good thing the poor kid isn’t otherwise influenced by “people [who] really do steal cars or deal drugs or shoot cops … maybe his dad’s in jail or his big brothers already on the corner selling drugs.” For the poor kid to be influenced by these rather than, or more than the Big Bad Video Game would mean they would have to focus on something/someone a little less easy to get in the crosshairs and to succeed with, especially during an election year!

Posted by: myles at June 26, 2006 10:22 PM
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Bill C- very good, and funny link, but its sad that someone made a game called Prison Tycoon

Posted by: Richard Rhodes at June 26, 2006 10:27 PM
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Hillarious. in wealthy neighborhoods car theft is a big problem because the rich kids, not needing a job, are bored to tears. And daddy will keep them out of jail so they can get in the ivy league school daddy went to.

Posted by: synecdoche at June 27, 2006 4:04 AM
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Thanks to the majority of the American people falling out of favor with the incompetence of President Bush and his failed policies, the Republicans are playing the only card they have left — morality. From gay marriage to flag burning to video game violence, the transparanet moral compass of the right is desperate to regain favor with the only constituents they have left — the far right. Eveeryone else, I suspect, will see through this obvious charade that’s being played.

Posted by: scoreggi at June 27, 2006 10:11 AM
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I love the editing in of actual war footage with the video game footage… kind of telling, isn’t it…?

Posted by: tony at June 27, 2006 11:06 AM
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Why is it worse for a kid to ply a video game that’s violent than it is for them to watch a violent cartoon or movie? I don’t see any difference.
This is just another election year ploy to get the public distracted from the real issues of out of control deficit spending, out of control national debt, and out of control government.
After the elections we won’t hear anymore about it until 2008.

Posted by: Ron Brown at June 27, 2006 2:05 PM
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What’s next? A constitutional amendment making it illegal for poor kids to play violent video games.Im a pinball guy myself, once the video games got more complicated than pong they lost me.

Posted by: jlw at June 27, 2006 2:12 PM
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This guy is soooo out of touch. Whats wrong with poor kids playing violent video games? Not like they are going to go out and mimic what they play.
Games like this don’t encourage violence or promote any particular way of thinking do they.

Is Pitts really “A man so far out of touch?”
Or are we a society that is “so far out of touch” with reality?

Posted by: kctim at June 27, 2006 3:04 PM
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This just goes to show how big of a joke our Congress has become. Instead of playing games, how about doing some oversight on King George?

Posted by: JayJay Snow at June 27, 2006 3:08 PM
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Viedo games lost me when my 12 year-old son was able to score 500,000 more points than me on his first spaceship and flirt with the little girl next to him at the same time.

Posted by: Ron Brown at June 28, 2006 12:05 AM
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dear sir. im angry hilary cliton help a john bacon come home from afganginston. but doing so she has made us military mad. john bacon wife lives in bington ny. she goes on newspaper and tv cause her father is dieing of cancer. hilary cliton pushed her help. that isnt the military person family. we have had friends that had cancer had surgery there husbands was not sent home to help them. hes was there last then a month. she has family members there why is it fair for oneaand not for others. ask hilary is she going to grant other military personal or was it cause he was from home town. this is all politacal for mrs cliton. please check into the story and ask the army why one was granted this and its states in the military laws family members only to be granted leave. thank you karen parent

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