Monday, May 10, 2010

All The Right Reasons

I thought Bush was good at sticking his foot in his mouth. I thought he was the best. Then we elected Obama. Never have I seen a man so good at flying off the handle when he's not following a teleprompter. I swear it's like watching a drunk try and lie about his intoxication to an officer as he's pulled over.

I mean we had the "fifty-seven states" comment. Sure it was probably a verbal gaffe. The campaigning tours can be really grueling especially when you travel from stop to stop convincing people that the government controlling every aspect of their lives really is the change America needs. T.O.T.U.S (Teleprompter of the United States) must of been pretty upset that Obama was not faithful to him that night.

However I'm not talking about the stupid Bushism-esque quotes. I'm talking about little snide remarks that he makes that show how absolutely out of touch and dangerous he really is. The comments about Vegas. The comments about industry. The comments about education.

The comments about INFORMATION.

What scares me the most about this president and his administration is how quickly they are to attack information technology. Recently our "business-friendly" president called the era of technology a "diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy". Really? I wish somebody with journalistic credibility would have been willing to drill a little further into this statement since it says a lot. I wish somebody out there still had journalistic credibility. Since when is access to information considered a diversion of democracy? Sure there is a lot of crap out there on the wires. That's why we have a thing called common sense. We have the right to question authority. We have the right to investigate the accepted story. We have the right to dissent (even though the far-left would argue that only they do) and we have the right to FREE PRESS. That was not a right guaranteed by government. This was a right that was set up to PROTECT US FROM GOVERNMENT.

Once again there are rumblings in the legislature over proposing a bill that would give the executive branch emergency control over the Internet. Remember this?

If you don't have access to the internet you probably didn't hear about it. In fact not a single television news corporation felt the need to report anything about it. Nothing from MSNBC. Nothing from CNN. Nothing from network ABC, NBC, CBS, or FOX. Hey! Nothing to see here folks!

However you probably would have heard a story about a Democratic lawmaker from Wisconsin pushing a bill for "net-neutrality" or a "fair-use" doctrine. I mean he's just concerned about the little guy. We need our big loving mommy to come in and make sure that people are being nice to each other on the internet and nobody goes poopy on anybody. It's all about being fair. Everybody should get a chance...

In reality it's all case of the government saying to the American people: "Hey look at this hand. No not my other hand idiot! You don't need to see that one so just pay attention to this hand!"

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...

The thought of anybody "owning the internet" is scary enough. The United States does not own the internet. There is a reason why it's called the "WORLD-WIDE-WEB".

Let me pose a question?

In what emergency situation would the president need to shut down the entire private-sector's access to the internet?

Maybe I'm stupid but I seem to recall a lot of horror stories about the lack of information and communication that went down on 9-11. You know that whole thing with the telecommunication towers being on top of the Twin Towers. That whole thing with people not being able to watch TV or make phone calls. So why on Earth would we need to give the president the authority to have a basic "on & off" switch for the internet? The only reason I can think that the government would want this kind of control would be in the situation where they wouldn't want anybody to know what's going on. You know the kind of scenarios that occur in countries with dictatorial leadership and state-controlled media. Those peaceful places with great health care like Cuba! Yeah Castro he's a great guy! Hollywood says we should model our health care system to be just like Cuba's. I mean it's so great that thousands only risk their lives yearly on rafts made from 1960's automobile parts in shark infested waters to get to asylum in Florida. However in other news Cuba just totally rocks! Can I get some Castro fever in here? Somebody grab me a Che shirt ASAP!

Pay attention to this hand! To this hand! No not the other one!

Now I'm sure in my heart of hearts that the powers to be aren't interested in control of information access points for tyrannical reasons. No they just want to keep us safe. They just want to make sure that we don't get any bad information. Keep us sheltered from those big bad free-thinkers. Those annoying rebels that had the audacity to stand up in the 1950's and say, "Golly Mrs. Smith, I don't think that wooden desk is going to keep me safe from a mushroom cloud." Those rebels that had the audacity to stand up in the 1960's and say, "How exactly are we planning on winning this war?" Those rebels that had the audacity to stand up and say to Britain, "No taxation without representation!"

Those horrible horrible men. We just need a little bit of fairness.

Wake up America and look at the other hand.

"Everything secret leads to degeneration, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity."

No truer words spoken. Things disappear when you aren't looking. You need to open your eyes folks before the right to open them disappears.

Until next time...

Peace & Love,


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