Republicans May Come To Rue The Day They Killed Net Neutrality
December 15, 2017
By Rex D. Cain
appear to be many sound
reasons, with more advancing weekly, that billionaire Donald Trump
most unpopular president of the modern era, with public approval
sink lower with the passage of time.
Trump, it seems,  isn't getting any better, any smarter, any
competent in the job. He's simply getting worse all around. Likewise
are good reasons
the vast majority of
Americans continue to tell pollsters this country is on the wrong
There are ample reasons the Republican controlled Congress
also has public approval ratings lower than whale dung.
There are many sound reasons that most people in America,
according to polling, do not like and do not want the "tax reform"
this Republican congress is about to heap on Americans because the
people are not quite that stupid. Yet.
They see clearly this thing for what it is: a huge giveaway
to the donor class, the rich and corporations -- a transfer of wealth
bottom up that will have grave repercussions for working class people
poor going forward.
There are many interesting reasons outfits like the KKK and
neo-nazis love what's happening in Washington right now and wildly
And then we get down to Thursday's disastrous but
predictable 3-2 vote by the FCC - a Republican controlled FCC - to
away defacto control of the Internet to a few rich and powerful media
corporations by killing the net neutrality rule.
This is one horrendous decision that the extremist (yes
extremist) Republicans now controlling Washington may well come to
years on end because millions of Americans are mad as hell about it
(particularly young people) and they may just surprise the dickens out of
come the mid term elections and during the next Preisdential race.
What should you do? Well, as the man once said:
get mad. Get even. As you move along through this piece you'll come to
understand one route to that goal.
But first a look at the crime scene and the killers of
The New York Times hit the nail on its proverbial head with
an Opinion piece on Thursday called, 'What if
You Couldn’t Access This Page?'
"To taste a future without net neutrality," wrote
Nick Frisch. "Try browsing the web in Beijing. China’s internet,
through telecom giants aligned with the Communist Party, is a digital
filtered by the vast censorship apparatus known as China’s Great
sites load with soul-withering slowness, or not at all. Others appear
instantly. Content vanishes without warning or explanation."
"The culprit is rarely knowable. A faulty Wi-Fi router?
A neighborhood power failure? Commercial sabotage? A clampdown on
dissent? To most Chinese netizens, the reason matters little. They
gravitate to the few sites that aren’t slowed or blocked entirely: the
counterparts of Facebook, Google, and Twitter. But these Chinese
with heavy government surveillance and censorship by corporate and
apparatchiks. For the Communist Party and its commercial allies, this
win-win, cementing respective monopolies on political markets and
You getting the picture now what Trump's FCC really
Frisch also notes correctly that this disastrous move by the
FCC, "Not only imperils fair play and free speech; it will also empower
foreign entities with substantial market-making power, like China’s
to meddle in American public discourse on a scale dwarfing Russia’s
cyber-chicanery. Worse, abolishing net neutrality gives American
the means, motive and opportunity to become accomplices in selling out
freedom of speech."
Fortune magazine (Fortune.com) said, "In
essence, the FCC has given ISPs the legal power to blackmail any
provider that does not pay them with the threat of a slowdown in
delivery. The FCC clearly has put the ISPs profits above the benefits
consumers and of the overwhelming majority of businesses."
"So, what could the Internet of tomorrow look
like", asks that same piece? And
then this answer: "Take Google
and Bing, who are rival search engines. AT&T
could offer to put each one in the fast lane (that is, not to slow them
if they pay a fee. Both companies know that consumers may not wait for
search results before switching to the other engine, and therefore both
companies would pay AT&T. AT&T could collect these new
making its service any faster than it already was."
Ergo, thanks to the Republicans that control congress, the
rich get richer and the little guys get hosed.
CBS News noted how truly insidious and hypocritical the
FCC's action was because the vote not only rolls back, "restrictions
keep broadband providers from blocking or collecting a toll for
don't like -- it also bars states from imposing their own rules."
But wait: don't Republicans love states rights?
Oh yes. All this federal FCC over-reaching from a group of
sneering, cynical Republicans who are forever bitching and moaning
sacred "states rights" whenever they
feel the feds "over
reach." Which is all the time.
Republicans love states rights -- when they can allow them
to construct legal voter suppression laws that make it harder for black
and poor people to vote.
But let states have their "states rights" now,
today in order to protect their people from the disastrous,
controlled Federal government in this instance? No no no.
No rights for you guys now because we, the hypocritical
corporate-empowering Republicans are in power and we determine
rights we like and will allow.
But wait: Super Bob is on the job
So thank God for guys like Washington state's Attorney
General Bob Ferguson who
"Today, I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the
FCC's decision to roll back net neutrality, along with attorneys
the country. We will be filing a petition for review in the coming
Allowing Internet service providers to discriminate based on content
a free and open Internet. Today's action will seriously harm consumers,
innovation, and small businesses."
Bro Bob notes that he and his band of merry pranksters are
5-0 against the Trump Administration, "Because they often fail to
the law when taking executive action. There is a strong legal argument
with this action, the federal government violated the Administrative
Act — again."
Here's what you can do for payback
Right now, without further delay please shake off any
political complacency you might suffer from and get down to the
figuring out which person or persons running for office in the mid term
elections you can get behind and bust out a strategy
to support those
candidates with your money, time and passionate labor.
Get neighbors and friends together at your house or
apartment. Do it as a group. Look at it as war, because it is.
Because if you don't, by the end of the next three years you
the people will not own one un-charred acre of this nation. In fact,
great unwashed barely own it now as it is rapidly
slipping away from
your grasp. As you know, there's pretty
that America is already a plutocracy, no longer a democracy.
You have no choice any longer but to get busy and get active
in the game because saving democracy is no longer for sideline watchers.
The extremist wing of the Republican party (nowhere near
Ronald Reagan's party) now owns and controls for all intents and
everything that matters going forward and that wing has made it clear
works for: the super-rich, mega corporations, big business, a handful
billionaires, "economic nationalists" (wink-wink at Mr. Bannon's ilk)
and guys like former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke who's a big
what is going on in the Trump administration these days.
America has gone off the rails. We are in Alice in
Wonderland where bottom is up and lies are truth. Where war is peace,
considered intelligence, denigration and marginalization of women and
color is fashionable and meanness, cynicism and Commie-loving
considered good governance and polite American values.
If you're not on board the Trump-GOP extremist train you're
considered excess baggage, collateral damage, expendable dog meat.
You do not exist and you are not important Bubba.
So get on to the business of gettin' even, hear?