Friday, March 18, 2011

Wave Goodbye to Internet Freedom

Washington bureaucrats are not interested in a free and open Internet. The purpose of the new bill ("FCC crosses the Rubicon into online regulation") is to limit the public’s access to vital information almost exclusively available to the public via the WWW.
Washington Dominionists (this category includes both Democrats and Republicans) have a plan to destroy any and all rights we have enjoyed as American citizens since the founding of our nation. Their goal is complete control of all aspects of our society. The only “openness” the oligarchs want is openness to everything Americans do, including what we buy, eat, drink, where we travel, what we say in private and in public, watch, listen to, and so forth. Washington Dominionists are systematically eroding and erasing our precious Constitutional rights and liberties.
“It’s not clear why the FCC thinks it needs to intervene in a situation with obvious market solutions.” Thinking people understand that the FCC wants to and will intervene in “market solutions” to regulate the public’s use and access to the Internet. The FCC’s move is not difficult to divine: control, control, control, control.
Since there is no explicit law presently on the books that allow the FCC to impose restrictions on the Internet, Mr. Genachowski and his cronies will manufacture one.
“[Bipartisan] majorities in Congress have insisted on maintaining a hands-off policy.” It’s hard to resist the lobbyists and their unlimited offers of perks and deep pockets. The members of Congress may say they rue regulation of the Internet, but their actions speak louder than words.
“Freedom and openness should continue to be the governing principles of the Internet. That’s why Mr. Genachowski’s proposal should be rejected and Congress should make it even clearer that the FCC should stop trying to expand its regulatory empire.” Mr. Genachowski’s proposal should be rejected—it won’t be. Congress should make it even clearer that the FCC should stop trying to expand its regulatory empire—Congress should but they won’t because they are politicians and cannibals living off the flesh and labor of the American people. They are blood-sucking ghouls who have never met a regulation they haven’t liked.

A recent Rasmussen poll concerning FCC regulation and control of the Internet found that a majority of Americans are opposed to any and all regulation of the Internet. A majority of those polled indicated that the FCC should let the free market determine the future of the Internet.

21% Want FCC to Regulate Internet

Nevertheless, the voice of the people will go unheard and unheeded. Why? Because the ideals of “government of the people, by the people, [and] for the people, shall not perish from the earth” so well explicated by Lincoln in his Gettysburg address has become a byword and a hissing to the arrogant plutocracy ruling in our halls of government.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” ("Declaration of Independence, adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776").

Please note the phrase “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”In neglecting the will and voice of the people the FCC and our duly elected representatives have proven that they are not interested in our opinion. These men and women who comprise our government are hell-bent on depriving us of our freedoms and liberties with overt and covert actions on their part.
In article VI of The Bill of Rights Americans are guaranteed freedom to “be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

If the FCC is allowed to meddle in Internet business we will no doubt see more diminution of our rights as Americans. My charge, friends, is to not let this atrocity stand. There is still time to act.

What is our duty as denizens of the United States? First, all of us who oppose the erosion of our liberties should write, email, text, or otherwise contact our representatives and let them know how we feel about this and other issues. Second, tell your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and acquaintances that they too should be involved in opposing the course on which our nation has set sail. While Plato’s ship of state envisioned a country ruled by philosopher/kings with total control, our forefathers envisioned a more democratic form of government aptly and beautifully framed in the following poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

“O Ship of State”
Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!

Sail on, O Union, strong and great!

Humanity with all its fears,

With all the hopes of future years,

Is hanging breathless on thy fate!

We know what Master laid thy keel,

What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,

Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,

What anvils rang, what hammers beat,

In what a forge and what a heat

Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!

Fear not each sudden sound and shock,

’Tis of the wave and not the rock;

’Tis but the flapping of the sail,

And not a rent made by the gale!

In spite of rock and tempest’s roar,

In spite of false lights on the shore,

Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea!

Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee.

Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,

Our faith triumphant o’er our fears,

Are all with thee,—are all with thee!


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