Power Play in Congress – and How To Stop It
by Karen Kwiatkowski: A
Year To Wake Up!
A wholly predictable
big-government play for even more control over markets and technology,
information and communication is moving through Congress.
news. It’s actually quite typical. After the nauseating passage
of the National Defense Authorization Bill last month, with
its Constitution-shattering military detention provisions for any
American who falls out of the President’s favor, or who has
crossed his minions, what might not be passed into law?
Protect IP Act, PIPA, and its House companion Stop Online Piracy
Act, SOPA, is now seeping through the congressional sewage system.
This legislative pollution is purported to reduce global data piracy
and illegal copying of digital content by regulating American ISPs
and the Internet. Entertainment industry moguls and "too-big-to
fail" content producers are demanding it, and it’s designed
paid-off, power-hungry establishment lawyers in Congress who
don’t understand internet architecture, information technology,
or the nature of the free market.
SOPA in particular
is written by the fascist-leaning central controllers in Washington,
who believe a better America will be one with an RFID chip in every
creature, four legs and two, federal tracking of every person from
birth to death, and exquisite knowledge of their every transaction,
in real time. Lavrenti Beria and the East German Stasi chief Markus
Wolf must be dreaming of reincarnation into such a totalitarian
jewel – the United States in the 21st Century.
some differences, these proposed laws, at heart, constitute simple
by Hollywood and big music industry content producers. As Gary Shapiro
writes in Forbes.com, while "sold as only attacking overseas
"rogue" websites, the
legislation expands federal government power, [PIPA and SOPA] encourages
private litigation and threatens legitimate web sites like Google,
YouTube and Facebook." Beyond the surface justification, only
the most naive among us can deny that more federal regulation, more
government monitoring, and more fearful Internet service providers
and vendors all work to promote our D.C. master’s definition of
Frontier Foundation offers an
easy to understand explanation of SOPA – aka the "Internet
Blacklist Bill," and the dangers of its
intended, and unintended, consequences. The reaction by the
sleeping tiger of American small businesses, youth, techies, and
advocates for free speech and the remnants of the Constitution indeed
illustrates the Daily Bell’s concept of the Internet
But it isn’t
fair to say that all of us together are that "sleeping"
tiger. The tiger has been rousing for several decades, corresponding
with increased access to knowledge, and the living, growing network
of this knowledge. When Ron Paul says, "We are dangerous!"
it is indeed true – but not to each other, not to capitalism and
freedom, nor to society or peace – but we – unleashed, informed,
angry and connected – are deadly dangerous to the state.
There is a
Mussolini-esque idea shared by many in Congress today, and by current
and past Presidents. They believe that a modern America is realized
when "Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing
against the State." This ideal of bureaucrats and centralists
is antithetical to the classical liberalism of the founders. It
is antithetical to liberty, and it is a fundamental reason for the
modern growth of the state – to the extent that the current
account borrowing has exceeded the entire annual GDP of what
was once the greatest, most productive and most admired nation on
the planet. Bureaucrats and centralists in Washington have created
in America a modern socialist Greece, writ large, minus the tourism.
the national socialism that taints every D.C. government "solution"
offered in the 21st century. That PIPA and SOPA
won’t work to end or even reduce data piracy goes
without saying. The Japanese faced down Chinese data piracy
years ago – with a combination of technology, software and creative
business and distribution models. Content producers in the United
States have absolutely no excuse not to meet the challenge – but
instead they seek to rent-seek, to shape the business environment
not through competition, but through favorable laws and government-granted
aid and benefits – with the complete and greedy cooperation of the
central state in DC.
There is a
reason the founders limited the role of the federal government,
and had the Congress meet infrequently. To allow otherwise requires
our constant alertness, our instant and unleashed rage, our profound
and constantly communicated contempt for the Congress. We must reject
their idiocy, condemn rent-seeking, and crush the bureaucratic confidence
of our so-called representatives.
The story of
the PIPA and SOPA – and what we hope will be its imminent legislative
desiccation and death – is indeed remarkable. Free market, pro-technology,
free speech and Constitutional arousal in opposition to the blacklisting,
technology-opposing, constitution-offending, rent-seeking and liberty-hating
legislation has been powerful. Congressmen
and Senators are fleeing like surprised cockroaches from these bills.
Further, several congressmen associated with the top down interference
and control of technology and communication – in the name of keeping
all of us "safe" and "honest" face, primaries
or general elections, and many will lose these elections.
to sufficiently oppose the Patriot Act, jammed down out throats
a decade ago in the name of safety and security. Instead, we face
a Catch-22 between fear of travel in our own country, and fear of
publicly complaining about the security state, lest we be named
enemy combatants, and are disappeared into a Constitution-free zone
of endless, unwarranted federal incarceration.
national reaction to SOPA and PIPA legislation should give us all
hope that peaceful change is indeed, for the moment, still possible.
I am delighted to be at the forefront of a political war, as the
congressional primary challenger to Bob "Il Duce" Goodlatte.
This chief author of SOPA, and defender of an imaginary U.S. government
right to manage the Internet, and its billions of users, is
paid handsomely to do it. It’s par for the course. Goodlatte
is widely known for implementing legislation to ban and punish Internet
gaming through federal seizure and lockdown of related financial
transactions – all while actively supporting the domestic horse
racing industry, which had heavily donated to his war chest.
to Bob Goodlatte is founded in my opposition to his long and hypocritical
history of centralizing, regulating, spending and subsidizing. I
believe that liberty and freedom, free markets and peace, will ultimately
succeed and predominate in America. As my readers already know,
I am a long-term optimist. But we can do a lot more than just sit
around waiting to be proven correct. A politically vile ten-term
RINO needs to be sent a message, and he needs to be sent packing.
Our June 12th primary is eminently winnable, and
we intend to win it. The fighting 6th District of
Virginia will do its part, and our plan, in addition to killing
SOPA in its crib, is to send another Dr. No to Washington in November.
columnist Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D. [send
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retired USAF lieutenant colonel, blogs occasionally at Liberty
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is currently running for Congress in Virginia's 6th district.
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