The establishment Republicans are at it again. This time they’ve crafted a House bill which pretends to safeguard against an international body taking over control of internet naming, and hence the internet itself, but which – after a technicality is met – gives our current administration full authority to simply give over control. The administration has indicated it wants to do so.
So establishment Republicans (self-called moderates, but in practice always progressive) can pretend to vote against handing over the internet, all the while actually handing it over.
This is the same thing they did with funding Obamacare in October of last year, in collusion with Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other progressive-voting Republican Senators.
Have you personally lost good health care and now been forced to purchase a much more expensive plan? Have you qualified for free health care but lost access to needed doctors and hospitals? You can thank this gang for going along with the President on the ACA, all the while pretending to vote against it.
This group always says, “We have to be moderate (i.e., progressive) to get the independent voters.” Every last one of them talks about being a conservative, but even their conservatism is progressive because they legislate against people having personal liberty; they want to force behaviors on people without safeguards for life, liberty or property.
The bill which would give over control of the internet is HR 4342, the DOTCOM Act of 2014. Full text is at: http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4342/text
It starts, “To prohibit the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from relinquishing responsibility over the Internet domain name system…” That sounds pretty good. Then it continues, “…until the Comptroller General of the United States submits to Congress a report on the role of the NTIA with respect to such system.”
Uh oh. Did you catch that? It’s language will allow every establishment Republican to say, “I voted to prohibit the NTIA from giving up the Internet domain system!” The bill however is a complete authorization for the NTIA to give up the internet. It’s like saying a kid is prohibited from stealing a twinkie (until they open the kitchen cabinet). And then saying, “Honey, I did prohibit little Johnny from having a twinkie!”
If you care, please contact your federal Congress-person and Senators and tell them you are strongly against HR4342 and against giving any foreign body control over the internet in the United States.
If you don’t know your legislator’s names, simply call the Capital at 202-224-3121. Give them your zip code (you may also need the 4 digit zip extension) and ask them for your Congress-person and Senators.
I wish the establishment Republicans in the legislature weren’t the same group who radically increased government spending and took away citizen rights through the Patriot Act during the Bush years between 2004 to 2006, when we had a Republican President and Republican majorities in the House and Senate. During those years the Republican leadership acted more progressive than even President Lyndon Baines Johnson would have dreamed of being. Their actions is what led directly to the Tea Party surge in 2010, and is leading to another one in 2014. It’s also what has turned off independents to the Republican party. I wish I could say I’m surprised by their actions now, with so much on the line when the administration is trying to fundamentally change the nation. But I am not surprised that establishment Republicans are trying to give away control over the internet while pretending not to.