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

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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    BlindMaphisto says:

    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.

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    Hevach says:

    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.

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    Bigman-K says:

    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.

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    DorthLous says:

    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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