There is no doubt in my mind that our exceptional nation is in severe decline. We have a President who has corrupted the Constitution and the rule of law with impunity. We have a Congress that is so busy stealing with both hands that they are compromised and without the will to fight for their constituents. And, we have an electorate that is so apathetic as to worship celebrity over achievement and name recognition over character. It is so bad that the progressive socialist democrats are planning to run Hillary Clinton, a proven liar, cheat, and fraud as their candidate for the next President of the United States.
Which brings me to why the action by the Federal Trade Commission to regulate the Internet is so dangerous to freedom in America. Those who control the mainstream media, mostly corporations seeking licensing and special tax advantages are in bed with the progressive socialist democrats to the extent that political scandals from the left are not reported, are downplayed, or reported with a corresponding scandal from the right to mitigate the impact on the population. That is if people can tear themselves away from celebrity-based entertainment and spend a moment caring about their country. To counter mainstream media, we had talk radio, cable television, and the internet. More honest reporting, but with lesser reach. And, then there was the internet, where scandalous news, including rumor and gossip, spread like wildfire – unchecked and unfiltered – to the extent people were mobilized and governments felt the impact.
There is also no doubt in my mind that the greatest fear that the progressive socialist democrats have is that the truth will be exposed and they will lose both their credibility and power in the next election cycle. The very last thing that the progressive socialist democrats want is for their associations with socialist, communists, and terrorists to become widely known. For their failures in domestic and foreign policy to be highlighted as failed attempts to manipulate the truth rather than admit the truth about what they have done on their watch. And, most of all, for their criminal actions to rise to the point of investigations, indictments, and incarcerations.
We have seen President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats abuse their power in the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency to name a few well\-publicized cases.
Now these political criminals want to use the FCC to assert governmental authority over the Internet, not only for purposes of creating telephone-like monopolies with their consumer rip-off tariff system, but to tax consumers – like the utilities -- in such a manner that the tax does not appear on your income tax statement; and, even worse, exert control over political speech on the internet. If the FCC establishes governmental authority over the Internet, the FEC (Federal Elections Commission) will not be far behind with rules and regulations regarding free speech, donor identification, and anything else they can do to quell the truth about the Administration’s illegal and immoral activities.
I am not the only one upset, read what the esteemed Alan Caruba from Warning Signs has to say on the issue …
The End of Freedom in America
The America that has existed from the days of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, when its sovereignty was acknowledged by a treaty with England 1783, and its founding in 1788 with the ratification of the Constitution is no more. The America for which thousands fought and gave their lives is no more.
That America ends on February 26 when the Federal Communications Commission, under intense pressure from the Obama White House and with the votes of its Democratic Party commissioners asserts government control over the Internet with a 332-page set of regulations, dubbed “Net Neutrality.”
Writing in the Feb 22nd Wall Street Journal, columnist L. Gordon Crovitz summed up what will occur saying “Obamanet promises to fix an Internet that isn’t broken…The permissionless Internet which allows anyone to introduce a website, app, or device without government review, ends this week.”
“The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet.” Of course Obama wants the Internet regulated and of course the Democratic Party will support this move to control who gets to put up a website or blog and, more importantly, who gets to say anything critical of the President.
The Democratic Party has been in everything but name the Communist Party in the United States for several decades. Obama was raised and mentored to be a Marxist. What we are witnessing is nothing less than tyranny replacing democracy.
Crovitz warned that “This week Mr. Obama’s bureaucrats will give him the regulated Internet he demands. Unless Congress or the courts block Obamanet, it will be the end of the Internet as we know it.”
Earlier this week, as reported by Giuseppe Macri in The Daily Caller the FCC’s two Republican commissioners, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, asked Chairman Tom Wheeler “to delay the vote and release his proposal to the public. ‘We respectfully request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it.’”
There is some evil at work here because, as the Republican commissioners point out, “the plan in front of us right now is so drastically different than the proposal the FCC adopted and put out for public comment last May.”
Shades of ObamaCare! Even the Democrats who voted that monstrosity into law had not read it. Now neither Congress, nor the rest of America is being permitted to see regulations that will determine what can and cannot be posted to the Internet, the greatest instrument of free speech ever invented since the printing press.
Commissioner Pai says that the FCC is “adopting a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority we don’t have.” He estimates that the regulations will add up to $11 billion in new taxes on Internet access.
In a commentary, “Neutralize Obama’s Hijacking of the Internet”, Judi McLeod, the editor of CanadaFreePress.com, said “Forget NSA, the FBI, the CIA, and all warnings sent by Edward Snowden. They’ve got nothing on how Net Neutrality will silence you.”
“Someday in the near future when you type in the words “Islamic terrorists” in an Internet post, you will be knocked off the Net and find it all but impossible to climb back on again.”
Do I think the Congress will exercise its oversight responsibilities and stop this tyrannical power grab? No. Do I think our court system will do anything other than bow to precedent set by earlier FCC regulations? Yes.
As a nation founded on and devoted to freedom of speech, I think February 26, 2015 will go down in the history books as the day when that freedom came to an end in America.
Thanks to a National Security Agency we no longer have any privacy regarding anything we say using telephones, the Internet or any other form of communication.
If the Democrat-controlled FCC has its way, the Internet will slow your access and could eliminate access countless sites that provide news and express opinions the federal government finds offensive. That's what tyrannies do.
© Alan Caruba, 2015 Warning Signs
What is happening to our nation?
When a small, worthless fish can be used by the progressive socialist democrats to destroy a major portion of California’s agriculture industry, driving crop productivity down, prices up, and send local unemployment through the roof; when one corrupt IRS regulator can stop opposition fundraising and possibly swing and election, when the Department of Homeland Security refuses to stop a tidal wave of illegal aliens, when the Department of Justice refuses to investigate and indict criminal wrongdoing – who are you going to call? Congress? They are part of the problem. They have sold out their constituents for political power, perks, and profits.
There is also the belief that the Administration’s spying efforts on innocent law-abiding citizens has lead to the breakdown in the internet’s security infrastructure to the point that hackers and foreign governments have almost unlimited access to our critical data. Have you heard anything about the government suspecting China of using Lenovo to compromise American computers with a virulent hack that could capture all network traffic – even that which is encrypted? No, they are too busy trying to shut down political free speech on the internet lest someone accuse their candidate of being a political whore who sold out to the Chinese in a past election. Or pointing out that their candidate is a Marxist and will continue the radical transformation of America that was started under Obama.
Now, you can plainly see why the Department of Homeland Defense is so worried about “right wing” extremists (patriots?) who might be worried about increasing political corruption and tyranny. It is no wonder that they want to kill both the 1st Amendment Free Speech and the 2nd Amendment that protects against government tyranny.
Bottom line …
If Congress should fail to take action, every member of Congress should be either recalled or lose their seats. If the GOP fails to take action, they should be disbanded and their leadership forever scorned. It appears that the mainstream GOP elitists have a lock on the big money – and might be pushing another RINO like Jeb Bush – or Hillary-Lite has he appears to agree with her positions on illegal immigration, the takeover of education under Common Core, and the type of crony capitalism we saw under both the Clinton and Bush Administrations.
We are so screwed.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius