The internet is a shining beacon of economic freedom. It has revolutionized the world, bringing more jobs and prosperity than the Industrial Revolution and the Renaissance combined. Because the internet has brought so much freedom and prosperity to so many, Obama now wishes to crush the World Wide Web, just as he did with health care. Obama’s Muslim value structure drives him to lay the seeds of destruction in the soil of the freest country on earth: the United States of America.
Didn’t see a connection between the two – the internet and socialized medicine? Here are the words out of Obama’s own mouth: “Together, we could open up government and invite citizens in, while connecting all of America to 21st century broadband. We could use technology to help achieve universal health care…”
Yes, that’s correct. The socialist wolf doesn’t even bother to wear lamb’s clothing. He howls right out in the open, an Emperor who is naked as he wrings freedom out of another sector of the American economy and life.
Phil Kerpen, leading free-market analyst, writes: “Broadband Internet is the greatest infrastructure success story in America. While private investment has driven remarkable growth and innovation in the Internet, our water, sewer, power, and transportation infrastructure – largely run by government with tax dollars – are, to put it kindly, not doing nearly as well. Who, besides our president, looks at the state of infrastructure in America and says Internet is the problem area?”
What Obama is doing, Kerpin observes, is “Leaning heavily on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent agency, to change the Internet from a competitive, free-market service into a government-regulated public utility. Philosophically and politically, it is a strangely tone-deaf response to a landslide national election calling for smaller, less-intrusive government.”
Former FCC Commissioner Harold Furchgott-Roth revealed Obama’s motive: “By classifying broadband access services as ‘interstate telecommunications services,’ those services would suddenly become required to pay FCC fees. At the current 16.1 percent fee structure, it would be perhaps the largest, one-time tax increase on the Internet.” With the budgetary largess of all of Obama’s could-care-less programs, and clear march toward brutal, bear-hug socialism, rarely has taxation without representation unfolded on such a grand scale.
“Even Bill Clinton’s favorite think tank,” Kerpin says, “the Progressive Policy Institute, railed against the Obama plan, warning that it is ‘inconsistent’ with the Democratic Party’s legacy. After all, the Internet took off in the 1990s, thanks in significant degree to the ‘light touch’ approach to regulation adopted by the Clinton-Gore Administration.”
Interestingly, Kerpin goes on, “The whole push for the Obama plan comes from two constituencies: rent-seeking video giants like Google/YouTube and NetFlix, who think a taxpayer-funded, government-regulated utility will guarantee them zero-cost access to customers, and ideological extremists like Free Press, whose founder Robert McChesney once famously explained: ‘the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.’”
According to Rasmussen Reports:
- 76% of Americans rate the quality of their Internet service as good or excellent
- 5% consider their service poor
- 61% think the FCC should not regulate the Internet like it does radio and television
- 56% think free market competition is the best protection for the Internet
- 68% believe that FCC regulation will lead to government efforts to control online content or promote a political agenda
That Obama seeks to advance a tyranny of the minority is clear. He doesn’t care one iota what most Democrat and Republican voters think.
When something is a mess, the motives of a government leader who turns to regulation to control and clean up the mess are sometimes unclear. Ignorance, a philosophy of pragmatism, even the desire to get re-elected if his constituency wants it – are all possible. But none of these more innocent or misguided explanations apply to Obama. The internet is not a mess, most people oppose regulation and Obama is not running for office. His motives reflect his view of life and society: he wants people to be controlled.
Americans are no fools. A majority of us believe that if Obama and the FCC control the internet, it will be used for a political agenda — and that agenda is to eliminate freedom and regulate not just the economy, but people’s personal lives. Obama wants us to be controlled as he doles out benefits to the masses; the opposite of control is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
With the Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, Obama has clearly undertaken what the founding fathers feared all along: an Imperial Presidency whereby the Chief’s power – like that of a King or Dictator – trumps that of the people and their representative government.
Kerpin notes: “Beyond that obvious fact, there is this even more concrete problem with Obama’s plan: it will replace private investment with taxes that will hit every American hard in the pocketbook.” Yes, control and tax, tax and control.
Should America ever fall, when historians look back in 500 years it will not be surprising to pinpoint the Obama regime as a prime mover in its defeat, laying the seeds that eroded our values and took us off the course of our moral compass. And in his grave, King Obama will smile – for he will have achieved his long-term goal: a subservient people mired in the false prophesy of regulatory equality.