SOPA and PIPA are shining examples of what is wrong with American politics and legislation. In it you see the greed of politicians – cozy with virtual monopolies willing to sell the soul of America for a buck – and a continued onslaught of malicious intent by ignorant, short-sighted ‘old guard’ anti-American politicians who fail to uphold their vow to honor, protect, and abide by the Constitution of the United States.
SOPA and PIPA do an end-run around three of the most precious rights under the Bill of Rights: The 1st Amendment with regards to BOTH the freedom of unregulated speech and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances; the 4th Amendment with regards to unreasonable seizures; and the 5th Amendment with regards to due process.
Of particular importance is the fact that the Constitution does not grant the government the right to do anything to a citizen on behalf or behest of a private business, especially merely to ensure and secure profit.
Make no mistake: SOPA and PIPA ultimately give businesses the right to point Uncle Sam’s gun at your head for their own benefit, and to use your own tax dollars to pay for the leverage. I don’t particularly like the idea of paying for the ability of for-profit corporations to put American citizens into cages, either figuratively or literally.
If you think this is the worst of it, think again. SOPA gives the government the self-appointed authority to enforce United States law in places that are not in the United States. This opens the door for other countries deciding to enforce their laws on American citizens. Think about this: you post a scathing blog post chastising a foreign politician. This violates that country’s laws, and suddenly you find yourself on a plane in handcuffs on your way to face a trial in that country. This is no different than what is being proposed for the government in SOPA.
If this is a product of the most ‘free’ country of the world, then how bad can it get when we live in a world dictated by the most constrictive regime? Now you see the absolute danger of SOPA, PIPA, and other similar legislation.
Should SOPA/PIPA pass, the law will eventually be overturned. Immeasurable, irreversable damage will have been dealt before that happens. And remember, there is no penalty to politicians that pass the law other than the potential for losing the next election.
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