I have been asked to share my thoughts on the SOPA and PIPA issues, and so I shall. But only because I was asked to.

I will share with you what I have told my district representative and both senators who represent the state of Minnesota within which I reside, and what I partially posted as a comment on the petition I signed to stop the ESA from standing as spokespeople for the gaming industry while supporting the SOPA and PIPA, by banning one of their largest sources of revenue, E3.

As a former US Marine who has served this country and the freedom she represents, I view the SOPA and PIPA legislation as nothing less than a direct threat to that freedom of speech and personal expression upon which this country was founded. I expect my elected representatives to hold the interests of the citizens of this country above that of business interests, no matter how well funded or represented by lobbyists, and I will vehemently oppose any politician or organization that seeks to strip from me those freedoms which I do NOT take for granted, but instead consider part of the legacy that I have inherited as a citizen of this country, a legacy to which I have had the honor to help preserve.

I encourage each of you to contact your own state representatives and senators, and make your own feelings on this issue clear. Your individual words to them may not matter, but you can rest assured that your email will be counted on a spreadsheet list as one of X number of registered voters who have contacted that representative upon that date to state your opposition.

Politicians may ignore what you say you want as an individual, but when it is made clear that the sheer quantity of people willing to throw off their lethargy and send an email threatens their majority for the next re-election campaign, they take notice. At that point, it is in their own self-interest to pay attention.

We can only hope that their desire for re-election outweighs the ‘contributions’ large corporations and special interests are making to pay them off.

Oh wait, did I say that out loud?

4 Responses to “SOPA and PIPA”
  1. Neil says:

    The paying off part is hardly a secret. Anyone who bothers to check opencongress.org can see all the above-the-table money flowing … and who knows how much happens under the table?

    Also, I can’t emphasize this enough: Phone calls count for so much more than emails or letters or petitions. They take one or two minutes and you just end up giving your name and your issue to a staffer whose job it is to hear what you have to say and thank you for your time. I was really worried about mine, but it ended up being very quick and totally painless.

    In the long run, though, the cynic in me doesn’t think any amount of popular outcry will count for much against an overwhelming torrent of cash.

  2. Minos says:

    As a fellow Minnesotan, I am sorely disappointed in both our senators for being among the original cosponsors of PIPA.

  3. Viv says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your views on this.
    I’ve signed petitions, emailed and contacted my states representatives, and hope everyone else will do the same.

    Here’s a website for anyone that would like more information:
    http://www.americancensorship.org

    Thank you again :)

  4. Capn John says:

    I emailed my three Senators and Congressman, two of who are cosponsors of SOPA and/or PIPA, the third I couldn’t find his stance. I basically told all three (well, their staffers, I don’t make anywhere near enough money to actually talk to them personally) that if they supported censorship and voted for the SOPA and PIPA that I would do my best to censor them by voting for whoever runs against them in their next election.

    If enough people tell their Representatives that they will NOT have their support come election time it doesn’t matter how much money they’re getting from the pro-SOPA people, they WILL listen to us. The catch is getting enough people to contact them.

    Oh sure, everyone posts links on their FB page or their Blog or talks about it over the watercooler, but how many people will actually contact their Rep?

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