Making the Internet Family-Friendly and Protecting Internet Freedom

Making the Internet Family-Friendly and Protecting Internet Freedom
“The 2012 Republican Platform is a statement of who we are and what we believe as a Party and our vision for a stronger and freer America”. This full statement can be viewed at http://www.gop.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012GOPPlatform.pdf I would like to go over a few things that I found to be disturbing to me. I am a Registered Republican and can’t believe some of the things I have read. Who are they talking about, the candidates or all of the Republican Party?

First one is: Protecting Internet Freedom

“The Internet has unleashed innovation, enabled growth, and inspired freedom more rapidly and extensively than any other technological advance in human history. Its independence is its power. The Internet offers a communications system uniquely free from government intervention. We will remove regulatory barriers that protect outdated technologies and business plans from innovation and competition, while preventing legacy regulation from interfering with new and disruptive technologies such as mobile delivery of voice video data as they become crucial components of the Internet ecosystem. We will resist any effort to shift control away from the successful multi-stakeholder approach of Internet governance and toward governance by international or other intergovernmental organizations. We will ensure that personal data receives full constitutional protection from government overreach and that individual’s re-tioned for the taxpayers’ benefit. With special recognition of the role university technology centers are playing in attracting private investment to the field, we will replace the administration’s Luddite approach to technological progress with a regulatory partnership that will keep this country the world leader in technology and telecommunications”.

There are a couple of words that popped out at me, “Freedom”, and “free from government intervention”, well now doesn’t that tell all. What did the Government do to the Poker Players? They intervened and took away the freedom to play on line poker. They are trying to take control over the internet and tell us what we can and can’t do on the internet, where is the freedom in that, when they take it away. The DOJ is spending millions of tax money on policing the internet and going after online poker sites that are trying to run an internet business, just like everyone else is.

Second one is: Making the Internet Family-Friendly

“Making the Internet Family-Friendly Millions of Americans suffer from problem or pathological gambling that can destroy families. We support the prohibition of gambling over the Internet and call for reversal of the Justice Department’s decision distorting the formerly accepted meaning of the Wire Act that could open the door to Internet betting.
The Internet must be made safe for children. We call on service providers to exercise due care to ensure that the Internet cannot become a safe haven for predators while respecting First Amendment rights.
We congratulate the social networking sites that bar known sex offenders from participation. We urge active prosecution against child pornography, which is closely linked to the horrors of human trafficking.
Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced”.

Well here we go again, putting gambling and sex offenders in the same category, this is not right and cannot be allowed. They are two different kinds of people and should not be put in the same category as the same. They say that “millions of Americans suffer from problem or pathological gambling”. The U.S population right now is 314,260,549 according to http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html yes the crime rate in the U.S has gone up over the past years, but you can’t blame all of that on problem gambling. More people equals more crime.  Crime has gone back 100’s of years, it will always be here and will not go away, un less the Govt declared martial law and we became a military law state and then who knows if that would even stop crimes in the U.S.


pathological [ˌpæθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl] less commonly, pathologic adj 1. (Medicine / Pathology) of or relating to pathology 2. (Medicine / Pathology) relating to, involving, or caused by disease 3. (Psychiatry) Informal compulsively motivated a pathological liar pathologically  adv Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003ThesaurusLegend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms Adj. 1. pathological - of or relating to the practice of pathology; "pathological laboratory" pathologic 2. pathological - caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition; "a pathological liar"; "a pathological urge to succeed" psychoneurotic, neurotic - affected with emotional disorder 3. pathological - caused by or altered by or manifesting disease or pathology; "diseased tonsils"; "a morbid growth"; "pathologic tissue"; "pathological bodily processes" diseased, pathologic, morbid unhealthy - not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind; "unhealthy ulcers"


If you go by this definition of pathologic, it can go both ways. “Urge to succeed” well that can be any one from a business person to a Politian. Yes there are people with problems that can be anything from gambling, shopping, drugs, alcohol and yes even sex. But every time the word gambling comes up in any Government talk, why is that such a bad topic? Is the Government  against gambling in general or just on the internet? If they are so against gambling in general, why don’t they just ban gambling all together? Then what, well there will be billions of lose revenue and thousands of people out of jobs in the U.S and who would pay then. What if one day that every gambler in the U.S woke up one day and said that the Government is right, I will not gamble, drink or smoke any more, it is bad for me, what do you really think would happen?

Description: Facts and Figures
GAMBLING & SPENDING provide by http://www.npgaw.org/problemgamblinginformation/factsfigures.asp

  • 75% of US adults have gambled at least once in the last year, 15% at least weekly.
  • Since 1975, the proportion of adults who "never gambled" dropped from 1 in 3 to 1 in 7.
  • 48 States and a majority of tribes have some form of legalized gambling (Hawaii and Utah are the exceptions).
  •  $95 billion in gaming revenue is generated by casinos tracks and state lotteries.
  •  $7 billion is the annual social cost of gambling-related addiction, bankruptcy and crime.
  •  $6 billion per year in Federal tax revenue comes from individual gambling winnings.
  •  6 million adults and 500,000 teens meet criteria for gambling addiction.

Gambling is legally restricted in the United States, but its availability and participation is increasing. In 2007, gambling activities generated gross revenues (the difference between the total amounts wagered minus the funds or "winnings" returned to the players) of $92.27 billion in the United States.[1] Commercial casinos provided 354,000 jobs,[2] and state and local tax revenues of $5.2 billion as of 2006.[3] Critics of gambling claim it leads to increased political corruption, compulsive gambling and higher crime rates. Others claim that gambling is a type of regressive tax on the individuals in local economies where gambling venues are located.


Gambling is the wagering of money or something of material value (referred to as "the stakes") on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods. Typically, the outcome of the wager is evident within a short period. The term gaming[1] in this context typically refers to instances in which the activity has been specifically permitted by law.

Definition of GAMBLE
intransitive verb
1 a : to play a game for money or propertyb : to bet on an uncertain outcome
2: to stake something on a contingency : take a chance
transitive verb
1: to risk by gambling : WAGER
2: VENTURE, HAZARD
— gam•bler  noun
See gamble defined for English-language learners »
See gamble defined for kids »
Examples of GAMBLE
1.            He's been drinking and gambling heavily.
2.            He would often gamble hundreds of dollars on a hand of poker.
3.            The mayor is gambling with the city's future.
4.            people who lost money gambling in the stock market
5.            The mayor is gambling that the new policies will help rather than hurt the city.
Origin of GAMBLE
probably back-formation from gambler, probably alteration of obsolete gamner, from obsolete gamen to play
First Known Use: 1772

gam•ble   (g m b l)
v. gam•bled, gam•bling, gam•bles v.intr.
1.a. To bet on an uncertain outcome, as of a contest. b. To play a game of chance for stakes.
2. To take a risk in the hope of gaining an advantage or a benefit.
3. To engage in reckless or hazardous behavior: You are gambling with your health by continuing to smoke.v.tr.
1. To put up as a stake in gambling; wager.
2. To expose to hazard; risk: gambled their lives in a dangerous rescue mission. n.
1. A bet, wager, or other gambling venture.
2. An act or undertaking of uncertain outcome; a risk: I took a gamble that stock prices would rise.

If you want to make the gambling definition look ridiculously high start adding in all of the terms associated with gambling not just the betting or wagering of money. Do people gamble, yes every day they gamble in life. So it would be safe to say that most Americans gamble in life, in one way or another. Who has the bigger problem the gambler that is spending his own hard earned money at his local casino or buying lottery tickets hoping to hit the big one or the casino and state lottery for taking your money? Have you ever gone in to your local corner store to buy $100’s in lottery tickets and they told you “I think you have a gambling problem, I can’t sell you these tickets” No I don’t think so they will take your money all day long. If the Government is ok with 48 of the states having some form of gambling, what is the issue with it being on the internet?  Millions of people us the internet for many things, such as banking, shopping and yes giving donations to politicians or candidates running for an office. Do you really think that the internet is that unsafe, if so the banks would not use it for their online banking. People would not shop online and much more, there are programs to protect us all when online over the internet.

With the election just a few months I would ask each and every voter to look at their candidates very closely and make sure you vote for the right person that will work for “We the People” and not for what they think is right for the people. What they think is right, just might not be what you want. Let’s get back to “We the People” and not “We the Government” Do the right thing and vote for the right person not the party, that’s what I will be voting on.

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