Check out Stewart's video here.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
Okay, maybe I took it too far. But The Daily Show actually has a "button" to embed this video. So I guess it is "fair use."
But seriously, Stewart, whom I find incredibly talented and funny as all get out, has a point. A real one. Congress should get - not the nerds, as Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) calls them - the "EXPERTS to enlighten you so your laws don't backfire" as Stewart recommends.
I mean, come on, this stuff is common sense. If you don't know what the hell you are talking about then get someone in who does. And then legislation won't sound as half-assed, half baked or completely inane as the laws Congress has passed in the last few years.
I have never been one for the whole Czar thing that Presidents feel they can appoint. But I think there should be an elected position, or maybe a position appointed by the minority party. Or something other than an appointment by the sitting person with more power than everyone else in the world. And this position would be something like the Reality-Check Czar (check czar, play on words, get it?) or the This Just Doesn't Make Sense Czar, or maybe just the Common Sense Czar. Someone to keep these lawmakers grounded in the real world so they don't do stupid things like write laws (like SOPA and PIPA) that on the surface seem like a good thing, but then get bogged down in the self interest of politicians.
SOPA and PIPA,. on the surface, seem like good ideas. Stopping piracy of someone's copyrighted material. Good thing. Shutting down internet sights, curtailing free speech, imposing "draconian" punishments for said infringements and the vague language of the law. BAD BAD thing!
And putting all this power kin the hands of one man. BAD BAD BAD BAD . . . well, I could go on for quite a while using BAD after BAD, but I hope you get the idea that it is a really bad idea.
I would suggest to Eric Holder and all those who would pass such legislation to look at it from the other side of the looking glass. If someone who was your ideological opposition and was in power tried to pass this law, would you support it? And don't answer that out loud. Answer it in your mind only. This way you won't feel compelled to say what others want to hear. Answer truthfully. Then think about if you really should do it.
If their answers are that they would . . . geez, its incredible how much they even lie to themselves.
Remember, SOPA and PIPA = BAD. Any legislator who would pass such crap = BAD and Anti-American.
Agree, disagree, I don't care. So long as I get you to think for yourself and see how stupid an idea these two pieces of drivel are, then I have done my job. BUT ASK YOURSELF . . . would you even be able to agree or disagree with me if internet censorship is allowed to go forward, will there be anyone out here to even agree or disagree with?? Think about it. Anyway, it doesn't matter to me how you think about it, so long as you think about it instead of listening to someone else, even me. Because,m as usual, this is just me, Thinking Out Loud.
Have a great day. And an American day, where you still have freedoms.