GOP V. First, Fifth Amendments
As Bill Wilson of Americans for Limited Government points out in this excellent column, legislation is moving through the U.S. House of Representatives that would effectively create a “kill switch” for First Amendment freedoms on the internet.
As currently written, the so-called Stop Online Piracy Act (a.k.a. “SOPA”) would give the U.S. Justice Department the authority to shut down any website it wants based on nothing more than an allegation of impropriety.
Not under this law … which turns the eminently sensible and pro-free market goal of cutting down on internet piracy into an early iteration of the “thought police.”
Amazingly, this legislation isn’t being championed by Barack Obama and his liberal allies … it’s being pushed by House Republicans.
Hmmmm … we wonder how many of those GOP lawmakers will be hurt by carrying water for the far left Hollywood entertainment industry (i.e. some of the fine folks included in the above video link)?
As Wilson correctly notes, SOPA is a “domestic ‘kill switch’ on First Amendment freedom in the fastest-growing corner of the marketplace of ideas.”
Want to stop SOPA? Write your elected leaders in Washington, D.C. and urge them to oppose the legislation by clicking here …