reply to post by burdman30ott6
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
It is an admirable intent, but the way to stop SOPA isn't through bombarding the corporations which support the bill... The only way to stop it is to
make it absolutely clear that politicians who vote for it will not be reelected. If you can't get enough voters on board to make THAT a reality, then
there's no way you could get enough consumers on board to make any boycott hold sway over the corporate supporters.
I agree with everything you said, except for the excerpt above. Having DancedWithWolves in politics a time or two, the thing I learned is there is no
ONE WAY to accomplish anything in government - good or bad. In fact, one of the major mistakes politicians make is to assume that because they have
come up with A solution - that they have found THE solution. Politicians become entrenched in one solution and as more information on some of the
ramifications of their policy choices, come to light, they become unwilling to consider other options.
Taking on government to try to lobby a position, without the might of a DC lobbying firm behind you, takes more than making them think about votes.
Yes, that is one card we consumers and citizens have to play, but we can't rely on only one approach.
This app is merely one more tactic to use in convincing the house, senate, president and yes, even corporations who support (aka write checks to
politicians who support) the misguided SOPA solution. The way to spin a politician's head is to come at them from so many angles they didn't expect,
that they are forced to pause and re-evaluate their objective and mission given the developing climate. Live fire (boycotts) from fronts you hadn't
anticipated (an app with long-ranging ramifications in all things boycott) helps. It is one more jenga block pulled from their tower. Enough blocks
pulled, brings it down - when they have more to lose than gain - and I don't just mean the politicians.
Paul Ryan's SOPA Stance Changes: GOP Representative Comes Out Against Internet Piracy Bill
In a statement released on his official website, the House Budget Committee chairman outlined why he does not support the bill, noting that the
current openness offered by the web should stay as is.
"The internet is one of the most magnificent expressions of freedom and free enterprise in history. It should stay that way. While H.R. 3261, the Stop
Online Piracy Act, attempts to address a legitimate problem, I believe it creates the precedent and possibility for undue regulation, censorship and
legal abuse. I do not support H.R. 3261 in its current form and will oppose the legislation should it come before the full House."
Mashable notes that a Reddit campaign may have played a role in Ryan's decision. "Operation Pull Ryan" was introduced last month, directing criticism
against the congressman over his then-pro stance toward the bill. Ryan has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from organizations that support
Rob Zerban, Ryan's 2012 Democratic challenger, has been part of the Reddit thread. The Kenosha County Supervisor applauded Ryan's change of heart as
an example of social networking power.
"This is an extraordinary victory," Zerban wrote. "Reddit was able to force the House Budget chair to reverse course -- shock waves will be felt
throughout the establishment in Washington today -- other lawmakers will take notice."
Protests against SOPA need to come from many fronts - including an app. Politicians, to be honest, don't really pay much mind to constituents until
right before an election. Their calendars are full of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, cocktails and meetings with folks with bigger checks - so they can
pay for their media campaigns (among other things) later on - to convince you they cared all along.
With NDAA and now SOPA, we need to app(ly) every tool we can. Just my two cents.
ETA: It is incumbent upon each of us to find ways to be heard by those in a position to make or influence policy, when we say,"SOPA SUCKS." We need
them to pause and realize that yes, sometimes legislation (although it sounded peachy in the development stage) just really, really sucks, upon
A lot of paper and legislative drafts come across any elected officials desk on many different topics. I dearly hope many more of them reconsider
their support upon reflection. Unfortunately, this hunk of paper needs to go in the circular file.
Anyone else ever feel like a Who from Whoville trying to yell out to those in power, "We're here. We're here. We're here."
edit on 10-1-2012 by DancedWithWolves because: (no reason given)