[QUOTE=TrainMan;142804] I see the power of the internet. [/QUOTE]
So do those whose power and fortunes are threatened by it. Have you ever wondered why the internet is so tightly controlled in China and other authoritarian regimes? So they can stop ordinary like us people from exchanging ideas that are considered dangerous to the status quo.
Look up Russian blogger laws. The Russians saw first hand the power of the internet and have been working, just as ours has, to control it as much as possible. The NSA isn’t bugging you because they are concerned some ISIS or Al Queada terrorist is going to call you to ask for donations. The concept of “net neutrality” isn’t just about who delivers your video stream, it’s about preventing the government from being able to make one phone call and isolating you from the rest of the world … just in case.
The military isn’t pouring billions into urban warfare training because they are worried about having to fight Arabs in Philadelphia, they are scared shitless of unemployed angry disenfranchised Americans doing what Soviet slaves did in Eastern Europe in the revolutions of 1989. That scares the crap out of the same people who got rich by selling American industry down the toilet and are fighting tooth and nail to eliminate the last vestiges of legislation that was intended to protect American workers and industry.
Look at our own history, we do not and never have supported democracy in any nation. We support the industrialists who supply us with oil and raw materials. We don’t need raw materials anymore because sold most of the industries to convert them to goods. We don’t produce wealth by creating value anymore. We offload containers full of trinkets from FoC ships instead. Which war have we fought since 1945 to allow the population of any nation to decide for itself how they will be governed? Name one? The only democracy in the Middle East after WW2 was Iran and we overturned that one because democracy there was a threat to the profits of American and British oil executives. Have you heard an American politician stand up in Congress and protest the Saudi slave trade?
My position isn’t part of some whackjob conspiracy thing or membership or support of some equally whackjob political group, it is purely a reading of history and an observation of what is being done to us today. Gutting the Jones Act is just chipping away at another stone in the foundation that has supported this country and its people for so long.