I always thought it would be legislation about the 2nd Amendment which would be the “Line in the Sand” for Americans, but it could very easily be the SOPA/PIPA legislation.
The deep pockets of the Fashion, Motion Picture, Music, News and Software Industries, along with others who have a vested interest in one or more of these industries, have basically drawn this line for us. They are basically saying, we believe people will side with Movies, Music, News and Software over Internet Freedom. They put the money in the pockets of the politicians, gambling that the majority of American Citizens will back them.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the protection of Copyrighted material… in the right way. We have pretty good Copyright laws, in place, already. What we need is ethical and equal enforcement. However, in a country whose government thrives on Bureaucratic BS, ethical and equal enforcement will never happen.
ANSWER: The U.S. Government continues to create new laws and then creates new, un-needed government agencies to oversee those laws; all in an effort to create a synthetic NEED for politicians to continue to be politicians. After all, if we had no politicians, who would spend all the U.S. money and who would write all the useless legislation? These same politicians cut funding to education and working classes (you know, the people we need to teach and enforce the laws. I.E. Teachers, Field Agents, Police Officers and etc).
Incidentally, this is the same reason our immigration problem “needs reform.” There aren’t enough people to enforce immigration laws, so we’ll just write new laws. Stupid, Stupid Politicians. These are supposed to be the educated people among us.
So, how do U.S. Citizens handle a Government which no longer serves it’s people?
ANSWER: Cut off the money, flowing into the pockets of the U.S. Politicians from these corporations. When Corporations (Special Interest) can’t put money into the pockets of politicians anymore, the people regain their control.
This can partially be seen in the efforts of Anonymous, even if Anonymous doesn’t fully realize it. Anonymous is using a scare tactic to scare corporations out of supporting one thing or another.
While it is true, hacking websites such as justice.gov, universalmusic.com, riaa.org, mpaa.org, copyright.gov, hadopi.fr, wmg.com, bmi.com and fbi.gov don’t go very far in bringing down those organizations, it makes other organizations question if losing control of their website is worth it.
In other words, is it worth supporting SOPA/PIPA if your company/organization website gets taken over by Anonymous and all the private, inner workings of the website, its members/subscribers are released to the public? Is it worth all the liability lawsuits members/subscribers will file against these companies/organizations? Is it worth lost revenues from the website’s down time?
The U.S. Government is being made an example. If Anonymous can hack into the justice.gov, copyright.gov, fbi.gov and other websites, what prevents them from getting in to other company/organization websites?
The U.S. has already fought one revolution. Now, as the U.S. Government continues to shred the Constitution and Bill of Rights, forgetting who those documents protect, only to appease big money, it seems another revolution is imminent.
Will this revolution take to the streets? Will there be another “Shot heard around the world?” Will there be war between the U.S. Government and it’s people?
I don’t know, but a revolution will happen, in some form or another.
It may be as simple as mass boycotts of SOPA/PIPA supporters. It may result in people who suddenly find time to do something creative, or to hang out with family and friends instead of watching TV and reading the news. It may result in massive purchases of Linux powered cell phones, tablets and computers instead of Micro$lop or Apple. It may result in more Open Source / Free Software usage, instead of purchasing software from Adobe, Apple, Corel, Micro$lop and others.
It may lead to massive losses in revenue for companies who support SOPA/PIPA, and it should.
However, I don’t see the lazy American’s doing anything about this. Many American citizens are too lazy to even care about what is going on. If they can’t stuff their faces with garbage food during a televised football game, then what else would they do?
It’s plain to see, many Americans are addicted to TV.
The question is, are Americans more addicted to TV or the Internet?
One or the other is going to suffer losses over the SOPA/PIPA legislation.
This legislation puts all the viewers of the “Real Housewives of Who Gives a $hp!t” shows, surviver, talent shows and so on, against the internet.
I’m on the side of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
I’m on the side of Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
I’m on the side of “Made in the USA” just not at the cost of other freedoms I’ve listed.
I’m on the side of Internet Freedom. Which side are you on?
Are the Anonymous operations legal? Probably not!
Are they ethical? Depends on your ethics!
Are they moral? Depends on your morals!
Are they effective? YES!
Will it work?
MAYBE, just maybe!