This is a story that warms my heart.
In the wake of the Internet blackout that led to the dramatic death of two controversial online piracy bills, a new warning has entered the Hill vernacular: “Don’t get SOPA’d.”
Lawmakers are tiptoeing around issues that could tick off tech heavyweights such as Google or Amazon. They don’t want a legislative misstep to trigger the same kind of online revolt that killed the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the Protect IP Act in the Senate in January.
Good. They should fear the electorate. The electorate elected them to do the bidding of the governed and not the other way around, contrary to how it’s been. A congress critter with a healthy fear of the population is a good thing. It means they’ll actually listen instead of giving their constituents lip service.
Since congress has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can’t be trusted to do anything right. Don’t let them do anything, is my feeling.
But Web companies saw it as government overreach that could lead to censorship and gigantic legal expenses for startups.
It was government overreach. You’d be an idiot or someone who believes fully in using government to do anything to think otherwise. One wrong move and boom, off the internet goes your company.
“There’s so much fear about a SOPA backlash that it’s almost halting progress on anything,” said one tech industry source who’s involved in the cybersecurity talks.
Good. The less congress does, the less it can screw things up.
But there are still some provisions of bills that concern tech companies. The bill written by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) would impose new requirements
A rival bill by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Privacy advocates worry both bills would expand the National Security Agency’s ability to monitor domestic Internet networks. That provision has made lawmakers especially skittish because it has the potential to spook activists.
Lieberman, along with Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), recently tried to allay fears by issuing a press release that said their bill “in no way resembles” SOPA and PIPA.
You know what congress? Just leave the internet alone. The internet grew just fine without your help. Anything you touch you will screw up because your lobbyists are the one’s pushing for these bills. It’s all about the reelection cash for you bloodsuckers.
You may think I’m being mean, but really, the gross incompetence shown by congress over the past 30 years and their lack of doing anything positive for this country shows I am correct. And I am talking about both parties. Neither party has done anything but try to expand government control over the internet. Piss off already. Stop tyrying to screw up something that works.