Karen Kwiatkowski: Blackout? Internet blacklist? Blame Bob Goodlatte
SOPA is extremely bad legislation, and it was written and introduced by Bob Goodlatte, in his role as Chairman of the Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet Subcommittee, late last year. SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, has taken much of the criticism. But the bill is Bob’s baby.
Bob’s bad bill creates blacklisting, increases bureaucratic power over Internet providers and users, and is technologically misaligned with – and even destructive of – the architecture of the Internet.
Wednesday’s blackout shouldn’t have been necessary, but Bob doesn’t listen to the people, to entrepreneurs, or to the technology community. What should really embarrass and enrage 6th District residents is that our very own official in Congress has nearly singlehandedly, by taking money and advice from Hollywood content producers and big pharma/big ag (Pfizer/Monsanto), cost businesses millions of dollars in revenue and inconvenienced many more millions of internet users. Bob Goodlatte – in our name – has told the world he doesn’t support due process and the traditional American concept of innocent until proven guilty.
Bob’s out of touch, and all of 6th District should be ashamed of him. I know James Madison and Thomas Jefferson would be.
Karen Kwiatkowski of Mount Jackson is a candidate for the Sixth District Republican congressional nomination.
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