Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi Voice Opposition to SOPA, Protect IP

November 18, 2011 -

In a strange twist of fate or because of some sort of cosmic alignment of certain planets, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul actually agree on something: they both think that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the PROTECT IP Act, are bad ideas. The latest SOPA opponent is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), but Paul has been against it from the start.

Reacting to a tweet from a San Francisco resident, the congresswoman tweeted on Thursday that her colleagues "need to find a better solution than #SOPA." She also urged Congress: "#DontBreakTheInternet." This is the first time Pelosi has weighed in on the SOPA debate publically.

On Tuesday, ten members of Congress signed a "dear colleague" letter expressing their concerns about the bill. The letter was signed by nine democrats and Paul (R-TX), the libertarian-leaning candidate for the GOP presidential nomination.

In the letter they said that SOPA is "overly broad and would cause serious and long term damage to the technology industry, one of the few bright spots in our economy." The representatives also warned that SOPA would result in "an explosion of innovation-killing lawsuits and litigation."

Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) is also opposed to the legislation. "I don't believe this bill has any chance on the House floor," Issa told The Hill on Wednesday. "I think it’s way too extreme, it infringes on too many areas that our leadership will know is simply too dangerous to do in its current form."

The bill's main sponsor, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), seems to be oblivious to complaints about the bill's vague wording and potentially dangerous provisions - even though he has admitted that he doesn't understand the technical parts of the bill. Scary.

Source: Ars Technica


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Re: Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi Voice Opposition to SOPA, Protect IP

I had the distinct displeasure of hearing Ron Paul speak last election, and I can tell you why he won't be president. The man has a severe disconnect with reality. He answered every question with complete nonsequiter, but that could pass as just being weird, not crazy. What makes him crazy is that he wants to reveal all sorts of hairbrained conspiracies to the public - the superhighway and the Amero currency and cardboard gold in Fort Knox aren't even the start of it, he went off about extraterrestrial contact by America's secret government of titled nobility when asked about marijuana legislation.

It truly frightens me that so many people can believe this man is fit to move about unmonitored, let alone be president.

Re: Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi Voice Opposition to SOPA, Protect IP

I've watched probably over a hundred ron paul interviews and debates and can say with certainty that this post is complete bullshit. He's the only one in these debates that isn't delusional with the possible exception of Newt Gingrich but he's corrupt so I have no use for him at all.

Re: Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi Voice Opposition to SOPA, Protect IP

What fantasy election are you referring to? There is no public record of him saying anything of that nature. Please provide links to video or audio proof of such statements made by him.

Re: Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi Voice Opposition to SOPA, Protect IP

Same here, sounds like a regurgitation of the "mainstream media" that give Ron Paul 89 seconds of time in the debates.  

Re: Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi Voice Opposition to SOPA, Protect IP

I would indeed very much like any such documentation.

Re: Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi Voice Opposition to SOPA, Protect IP

Ron Paul is the most honest man in politics. One of the few politician out there with a shred of integrity left. You might not agree with him on everything, but everybody from religious conservatives to left-libertarians like myself can find alot to like in him.

Obama has been a complete failure as president, nothing more then non-stop broken promises and more of the same, I'd say we should give Ron Paul a chance. At least he'd respect and follow the constitution.

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

Re: Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi Voice Opposition to SOPA, Protect IP

As for what choice of candidates we seem to have right now, I'd go:

1-Ron Paul

2-Obama

3-...Ah crap...

Re: Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi Voice Opposition to SOPA, Protect IP

Just another reason why Ron Paul should be our next President. Too bad the Big Media hates him and belittles him as much as they can.

Re: Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi Voice Opposition to SOPA, Protect IP

Seriously. I can't understand why this man has not yet become USA's president. Not saying he's perfect, far from it, but he seems much more in line with the greatest of history than most of the clowns that want or even wear those shoes nowadays...

 
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Andrew EisenI don't doubt that many are truly interested in journalistic integrity. The problem I'm often seeing is they seem to have no idea how or where to talk about it.09/18/2014 - 11:46pm
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Kronodebate. Becaus apparently people who only post on Reddit are supposed to police twitter before they're allowed to question anything about the people involved.09/18/2014 - 10:40pm
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Andrew EisenAnd exacerbating everything is the fact that all the cries of ethics violations have been obnoxious and easily proven false.09/18/2014 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenProblem is, I would imagine, the sheer number of people who are using journalistic integrity as a cover for their harassing actions or only bringing it up on the false pretense of journalistic integrity.09/18/2014 - 8:47pm
Andrew EisenHaving said that, I can certainly see how one would be frustrated if they truly just wanted to talk about journalistic integrity and someone said they were one of the people harassing Sarkeesian, Quinn and others (though I've seen no examples of that).09/18/2014 - 8:44pm
KronoThat's been the common refrain, that talk of journalism ethics is just an excuse to harass people.09/18/2014 - 8:44pm
KronoLines like "like a partial compromise with the howling trolls who’ve latched onto ‘ethics’ as the latest flag in their onslaught against evolution and inclusion." are taring everyone questioning the ethics as a harasser.09/18/2014 - 8:43pm
Andrew EisenKrono - Except, none of the articles were talking about gamers complaining about journalist ethics, let alone called them white male misogynists. They were talking about the gamers who were harassing others.09/18/2014 - 8:36pm
Kronomakes plenty of sense. It's rather hard to dismiss someone as a white guy running a sock puppet when they've posted proof they're a woman, or black, or another minority.09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
Kronothat any critics of journalists were white guys that hated women, and could be dismissed as such. It seems to have helped some. It's kind of difficult to maintain the white guy narrative in the face of a bunch of women and non-white guys. So the tag09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
Kronothat, someone vented on a #gamergate 4chan thread about being dismissed like that. The suggestion they got in return was to organize their own hashtag in response, with #NotYourShield being suggested. Thus the tag came into use to combat the undercurrent09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
Kronomuch more general problem. And while several of the articles were fairly tame, they spured a bunch of people to dismiss any critics of the journalism involved as misogynistic men. Usually with insults aimed at the geek stereotype. After about a week of09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - Not sure what that has to do with anything but yeah, the gender percentages differ depending on how the study defines what a gamer is.09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
KronoThe rhetoric pushed by the spearheading articles that the "gamers" complaining about journalist ethics were just angry white male misogynists, insulted a lot of people that were previously fairly neutral. It made it go from a Kotaku problem, to a09/18/2014 - 8:31pm
Krono@Andrew I'm not surprised overlap exists. I expect much of it is a rush to jump on the bandwagon, either by reporting on the original articles, or rushing out their own. The point is that was a major flashpoint, much bigger than the reddit mass deletion.09/18/2014 - 8:31pm
Sleaker@AE - well the gamer trend was described with stats on Factual Femenist. Only 1 in 7 males plays games 20+ hrs going into college vs 1 in 40 females. So gaming is definitely still male dominated despite fake stats trying to say otherwise.09/18/2014 - 8:30pm
Craig R.Do conspiracies ever make sense? The fact that people are now having to defend themselves against nutjob websites like Breitbart.com shows how far down into the rabbit hole we've all been forcibly dragged.09/18/2014 - 7:05pm
 

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