And then the TEA Party happened.
And the rest is history. However, there is a reason that the GOP is known as the Stupid Party. They have a talent for inserting the seeds of defeat into every electoral victory. Many of the Republican party are just as totalitarian as the Democratic party. And their motives are just as pure.......they are here to help you.
They are doing it again. This is my shocked face......
The NRA does an admirable job protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans. Most Americans, and by far, most gun owners DO NOT want a gun registry. Even the records on the background check on purchases from dealers are not supposed to be saved.
But there is no NRA to protect our other freedoms. While the 2nd Amendment safeguards our firearms freedoms, there is no amendment to protect our rights in regards to our other weapons of freedom.
And the free, unfettered, un-tracked use of the internet is a major weapon in the arsenal of freedom. There IS a reason that the GOP is called the Stupid Party. Hey, Congressman, if I don't want my guns registered, what makes you think I want the government to record my use of the internet!
The House Republicans' first major technology initiative is about to be unveiled: a push to force Internet companies to keep track of what their users are doing.
A House panel chaired by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin is scheduled to hold a hearing tomorrow morning to discuss forcing Internet providers, and perhaps Web companies as well, to store records of their users' activities for later review by police.
The idiots in Congress on both sides of the aisle want to do this to "catch criminals." They want to do it for the children.
For now, the scope of any mandatory data retention law remains hazy. It could mean forcing companies to store data for two years about what Internet addresses are assigned to which customers (Comcast said in 2006 that it would be retaining those records for six months).
Or it could be more intrusive, sweeping in online service providers, and involve keeping track of e-mail and instant-messaging correspondence and what Web pages users visit. Some Democratic politicians have previously called for data retention laws to extend to domain name registries and Web hosting companies and even social-networking sites. The police chiefs' proposal talks about storing information about "destinations" that Internet users visit.
Of course, the police love it. It makes their jobs easier. Then again, so would requiring mandatory internal passports and permission to move about...They are
"calling for a "uniform data retention mandate" for "customer subscriber information and source and destination information."
And neither side can see or will admit the ramifications of this policy further down the line. The recent elections put GOP members into Congress to REDUCE the size and intrusiveness of government. We need to put those that vote for this bill on notice.
They say that this won't be used against law abiding citizens.
And gun registration never leads to confiscation....
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