The Westchester County Ron Paul 2012 Meetup Message Board › SOPA Payback Time: NOW!
New York, NY
I'm writing to you about the importance of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). If you are unfamiliar with SOPA, it is a cause of tremendous concern. It will change our lives online and offline and the federal government's role.
While conservatives are fed-up with big government, some Republicans don't believe it is big enough. Bob Goodlatte, the entrenched incumbent from Virginia, belongs in the government-is-too-small category.
Consider this -- Bob Goodlatte actually wrote and introduced SOPA in his Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Internet and Competition.
SOPA makes the federal government EVEN BIGGER.
If passed, SOPA authorizes Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder to block websites "accused" of copyright infringement. Internet Services Providers and search engines will be prevented from delivering those sites to paying customers. And it allows Holder to "commence action" against them without a court order.
SOPA will result in fewer independent websites, blogs, media sources, start-ups and tech industry jobs. And it increases the cost of doing business for U.S. tech firms, payment network providers and advertisers. As a result, we will have less information and fewer jobs created.
In addition to increasing legal and compliance costs for small businesses, it also increases the size and scope of the federal government.
SOPA expands Hillary Clinton's State Department, Attorney General's Office, Copyright Office and other agencies. And it creates a new set of bureaucrats. One we have never heard of before is the "intellectual property attaché." IP Attachés will be trained and appointed to regional bureaus, embassies and diplomatic missions throughout the world. And they work with copyright holders at the expense of taxpayers.
Thanks to RINO Bob Goodlatte, taxpayers will be footing the bill to ensure Mickey Mouse keychains are not brought to the US without authorization by the Walt Disney Corp. Of course, this will not work. But it will work to destroy the Internet, economy and job creation. And this is what our border security and customs agents will be looking for...souvenirs stamped with official branding.
Bob Goodlatte is a leading proponent of SOPA. As Lamar Smith's lieutenant, Goodlatte will try to rush SOPA through the House when Congress reconvenes in January, 2012.
As the Chairman of the House IP, Internet and Competition Subcommittee, Bob Goodlatte delivered SOPA to Smith. And he allowed little time for debate in the subcommittee.
Fortunately, conservatives, constitutionalists and libertarians have a choice for 2012: Replace Goodlatte...
Col. Karen Kwiatkowski has repeatedly demonstrated her commitment and understanding of liberty, the Constitution and free markets. And she understands the importance of reducing government regulation. That's why she received the endorsement of Austrian financial economists, Peter Schiff and Tom Woods. She also won the tea party straw poll in the district.
The end of the fundraising quarter is December 31, 2011. We must make sure Karen makes a strong finish for the quarter. I urge you to contribute to Karen Kwiatkowski for Congress RIGHT NOW before the December 31st deadline. And encourage three of your friends to do the same.
In fact, if you forward this message to your conservative and libertarian friends and make a donation to Kwiatkowski's campaign, I will throw in an autographed copy of Glenn Beck's, "The Original Argument" while supplies last.
There really isn't a better way to support free markets and individual liberty. And there isn't a better time than now. Will you join us?
PS: SOPA will be voted on in January 2012 when Congress reconvenes. We have an opportunity to send cosponsors a message that they will be voted out if they support SOPA.