Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Video game legislation, brought to you by presidential contenders

Three Democratic senators, two of which are likely to be presidential contenders in 2008 and one of which was a vice-presidential candidate in 2000, have introduced a bill:
In a noontime press conference Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Evan Bayh (D-IN) introduced federal legislation designed to protect children from inappropriate video games. Today's move represents the formal filing of the Family Entertainment Protection Act (FEPA) announced by Clinton and Lieberman on November 29th. (Live Journal)

Note Senator Clinton's concern about families as she leaves a message on her senatorial site:
“The holiday season is a particularly important time to raise awareness of this issue. Video games are hot holiday items, and there are certainly wonderful games that help our children learn and increase hand and eye coordination. However, there are also games that are just not appropriate for our nation’s youth,” said Senator Clinton. “This bill will help empower parents by making sure their kids can’t walk into a store and buy a video game that has graphic, violent and pornographic content.”

You know what will also be "hot" in the coming years? The presidential race. Clinton and Bayh had to have that in mind as they introduced this legislation. They'll both want to bring up their concern over family values when they're wandering around the country in a couple years, and they will surely point to this as an example. Bayh will talk about having Hoosier values, and Clinton was say this is an example of being active in the village.


  1. We all score big on this legislation. And Family values are the reason why we need to reign in video game makers. Will it work? Probably not because their siblings and parents will still buy the games for them. In the end it's parents who must teach their kids values.

    With so many politicians in the news recently who have shown little or no ethics, much less values I aplaud Clinton, Bayh and Lieberman for their effort. I wonder what the GOP candidates will be pointing to?

    best wishes marie

  2. Marie: Thanks for visiting my site and taking the time to leave a comment. I agree with you that it's important to have safeguards so that our kids don't obtain inappropriate materials, but I just find it darn funny that these three senators are the ones to introduce the legislation.