Stop Censorship

As many of you know, this past Wednesday, January 18, 2012 was a national day of protest for those who wanted to send Congress a message that we will NOT stand for censorship in America.

Here’s a little history on the subject: SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) were two proposed Bills that were before Congress as they prepared to start voting on January 24, 2012.   The major purpose for those Bills were to take steps in stopping online piracy of movies, music, and other protected work, such as pictures and plagiarism.  However, those Bills were poorly written and were basically a jumbled mess that would enact CENSORSHIP on the American people.

Yes, I was one of the online protesters and did so by blacking out this blog for the day of protest.  I support all “legal and constitutional” acts of protecting people’s original work, regardless of the media type mentioned above.  What I do NOT support are any efforts of Congress or any other government department or official, including the President of the United States, when those efforts strip American citizens of their constitutional right of FREEDOM OF SPEECH.  I do not support censorship.

Our “freedom of speech” is protected in the Bill of Rights.

The First Amendment reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

“Why are people allowed to write AND proposal Bills that directly go against what is written in the Bill of Rights?  Have they not read the documents that are the foundation of our country?  If that is the case, then we need to elect people who have read and thoroughly UNDERSTAND America’s “Declaration of Independence“,  “Constitution of the United States“, and the “Bill of Rights” BEFORE they are elected to office and VOW to uphold what is written in those documents when they are representing their constituents.

Closing

Just because these Bills are off the table for now, does not mean they are gone for good.  When they do resurface again, please take the time to read them to ensure YOUR rights will not be blatantly violated when Congress tries to clump several issues together, instead of proposing topics individually!

What do you think?  Please share your thoughts.

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