Top Of My Head

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Date: June 15, 2007

Save the Internet

There are very few things on which every American can agree.  We fight over the War in Iraq, gay rights, abortion, etc.  But, when we fight, we are all practicing free speech. 

 

Free speech is the reason I can post this blog – whether you agree with it or not.  It is the reason you can post your own response, either through adding a comment or writing on your own blog.  Free speech means that we all have a voice (or in theory we should have a voice) in our government.  We can all stand up and show our support or our dissent for a sitting President.

 

To quote Michael Douglas in “An American President”, ” ‘You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.'”

 

And, that is what freedom of speech is all about.

 

Except, somewhere along the line, AT&T and Verizon (& I’m sure other companies) have forgotten that this is not just their country.  They want to limit our access to the Internet.  They want to sell bandwidth to the highest bidder.  If you want to view a site, you’re not going to get there unless the site’s owner has paid an extra fee to a communications company. 

 

That may be capitalism, but it certainly isn’t freedom.

 

Sometimes, when things are quiet and I have a few moments to think, I wonder what the greatest threat to our way of life is.  I’ve come to decide that it isn’t terrorists.  We were attacked on 9/11 and America didn’t crumble.  We joined together and survived.  It isn’t the war in Iraq or abortion or our disagreements regarding gay rights. 

 

No, the greatest threat to America is us.  When I say us, I mean all of us.  If we do not stand up and shout at the top of our lungs that we’re not going to stand by and allow companies to hijack the Internet, America will not remain the dissenting, fight among ourselves democracy that it is.  If we sit still and shake our heads, we stand to lose the best of our democracy.

 

And not one shot will have been fired.

 

I write a lot on this blog about what’s wrong with our country.  I write about how our leaders have let us down and what we need to do to fix things.  I’m sure that some of my readers agree and some don’t and that’s the beauty of it.  The freedom I have to voice my opinion and you to voice yours.   We don’t have to agree, we don’t even have to like each other, but I would defend to my death your right to say what you believe and vice versa (I hope).

 

But, if a communications company stands in the way, who’s views will get through?  Only those who can afford the extra fees?  Only those voices that follow the ideology of the companies in charge?

 

I just read somewhere that Clear Channel just cancelled a billboard because they a) didn’t agree with it and b) received complaints.  Do you want them controlling what you can and cannot see on the Internet?

 

I don’t.

 

Oh, and don’t think it’ll make surfing the web safer for children.  Porn is over a billion dollar industry.  I’m sure the porn sites will have the money to pay the fees.

 

We need to tell Congress, the President and the FCC that we – all of us – still believe in the freedom of speech.  That we want our right to gather and assemble on the Information Superhighway.  We don’t want our voices and words hijacked by corporations.  The Internet is free and it should stay that way.

 

God Bless all of us and God Bless America.

 

author’s note:  I will be posting a link to Save the Internet at a later time.  I don’t have it handy as I post this.

T-Shirt

I saw an advertisement for a t-shirt that says, “If Hillary is elected, I’m moving to Canada.” What kind of jerk would wear a t-shirt like that? You’re going to change countries because you don’t like the President? If we all thought like that, 49% of us would be in Canada right now.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for showing your support or your non-support for a candidate or party, but leave the country? Isn’t that going a bit too far? Plus, it just bugs me because the guy wearing it probably doesn’t know anything about Hillary Clinton except the fact he doesn’t like her. He probably can’t even tell you why if you asked him.

So, I say, let’s all vote for Hillary to get morons who wear shirts like that to leave the country!

🙂 It might make the USA a better place to be!

Oh and one last thought, could we try something a little different this election year. Could we try to be civil to one another and make decisions on Candidates based on issues? United we stand, divided we fall and we have been divided for far too long.

Just a thought.

God Bless

Justice is Served…

I was having a conversation with someone who shall remain nameless about a proposal Congress either passed or wants to pass which would give law enforcement $100 million dollars to investigate and prosecute offenders who committed crimes against blacks in the fifties and sixties. You know the ones I mean, where a Ku Klux Klan member or members killed a black man because he looked at him funny or because he (the black man) was working to register voters.

Now, this person with whom I was speaking said that it was just wasting money. Most of the offenders are probably dead or just frail old men (case in point James Ford Seale) and why bother.

Well, speaking of Seale, he was just convicted of killing Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee back in 1964. Isn’t that worth some money? Finally, after more than forty years, Moore’s and Dee’s families can feel that there is justice. The closure alone is worth the money.

Further, a lot of these men convicted have gone on to enjoy nice lives. Children, grandchildren and all that goes with being an elder member of a family. Their victims had no such lives. Why should we let murderers enjoy their remaining years? They didn’t allow their victims any mercy.

Finally, there is no statue of limitations on murder. (Too bad there isn’t on rape, but that’s a different article.) Justice may be blind, but she’s also patient.

God Bless

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