Kill the kill-switch idea.

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 @ 12:45 am | Politics

One thing Egypt should be teaching us is that this Internet kill-switch that Senators Lieberman and Collins (“centrists” so watch out, they’ll swing that cudgel) want to institute should be instant laugh fodder. It’s a tool for dictators facing revolution, not a president in a democracy trying to save us from some theoretical “emergency.”

Of course, the GOP would have jumped at the chance to give Bush this power, but here’s hoping their situational libertarianism will speak out against giving it to Obama. Then we can use that against them when they try to give it to a Republican president. Not that they’ll care much…

-hw

5 Responses to “Kill the kill-switch idea.”

  1. Jldmeyer Says:

    Wait. Senators Lieberman and Collins? I thought the internet kill switch was more evidence of Obama becoming dictator in chief? BTW, I absolutely loved the quote on Crooksandliars from Chief Justice and Republican Earl Warren in 1952. “…there is a group in our party that is extremely reactionary, that would like to turn the clock back to former days if it could do so…” “You folks know exactly what I mean. You know the people who believe that anything that is done for them represents social progress but if it’s done for anybody else it represents socialism.” He certainly doesn’t represent the Republican Party that Sarah Palin believes in.

  2. Yorkshire Says:

    As far as I’m concerned, anyone who believes in the first amendment would belive the kill switch is WRONG. And i think people from any part of political spectrum would believe the switch is dead wrong.

  3. Jldmeyer Says:

    A kill switch for the entire internets is overkill anyway. We’ve already got kill switches for the important government stuff and that is fine and understandable. Shutting the full access of every American doesn’t even make political sense for any situation. Egypt did it and look how much that helped the situation. It served no purpose just added fuel to the fire.

  4. Henry Whistler Says:

    I just read a headline saying a bipartisan vote is putting the brakes on the Patriot Act…more to follow.

  5. Henry Whistler Says:

    Never mind. For some reason the vote was set up to require two thirds because Republicans thought there was that much support. They fell about seven or eight votes short, still a super-majority.

    All that FREEDOM talk gets shelved when we’re talking about government surveillance and trampling over the Fourth Amendment. Yet the Republican-conceived individual mandate is teh TYRANNY.