Thursday, January 12, 2012

Going Dark to Stop SOPA

The internet is a place where people go.  They go there for many reasons, but a main reason we come here is to talk, to share, and to learn.  The internet is a bastion for free speech. and at a time when corporations are being given constitutional rights once only afforded to actual persons, these corporations are exercising their newly found freedoms in an attempt to put the kibosh on actual peoples constitutional rights to freedom of speech.

A quote from a Pittsburgh Post Gazette article on implications of Stop Online Piracy in regards to freedoms of speech online is telling.

 "Unfortunately, the bill as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new and uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites."
Read the full article here

This is why denouncing the Stop Online Piracy Act is imperative.  There is much work to be done to redress the grievances many people on both sides of the political spectrum currently have.  If we are not allowed to speak our minds, something that passage of the Stop Online Piracy Act would facilitate, then the work that needs to be done to bring back access to the upward mobility and achievement that once made this country great becomes non existent.  Many people today already wrongly believe that there is nothing they can do to change the system for the better, and if SOPA is passed, many more believe that you should wave the white flag in defeat.

I'm not ready to admit defeat.  There is still a lot of fight left in the great people of this nation, and together as a nation we will stand up to the tyranny those select few who are behind this.  United we stand just like divided we fall.  Do not let these people wrongly trick you into thinking this is in your best interest.

So you may be asking what you can do?  First thing you can do is call your elected officials in congress and let them know that you do not support the bill.  Second, while you are on the phone with these elected officials, you can ask them where they stand in regards to the Stop Online Piracy act, and if they support it, you can let them know that they will not be getting your vote in the next election.  The third thing you can do is talk to each other.  Get the information out there.  Read the bill.  Watch the debate.  Get involved and do something, anything.  It needs to occur and it needs to occur now.  Direct action is best.  Peaceful, reasonable solutions are what we all want.  Lets make that happen.

If you own a website, make it go dark on January 18th and replace it with a message telling your visitors about the dangers of SOPA and let congress and the President know that we don't support this one bit!


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