I have been involved over the past week in the controversy and discussion concerning social networks and their restrictions by Congress against their members using them.
First, I have to say this is the first issue in a long time that has really gotten me motivated into getting the word out to friends and others I know. I’m glad to have discussed things with Representative John Culberson of Texas over Twitter. Twitter is a great service. (I’m @Ltfngr there)
Second, I find it sad that many on the left do not understand how restrictions of any sort on free speech will hurt them just as much as it hurts us on the right, no matter our profession. Congress should be the place, if anywhere, where free expression of ideas should be allowed. Now, I have no problem with putting a couple of things in place – no Twittering/Qiking on the floor, for example – but honestly, members of Congress were elected to lead, not cower like sheep when the topic of Internet accessibility is brought up.
Third, this entire controversy just shows how out of touch both sides’ leadership has been when it comes to the Internet and social networks. Moveon.org, who I rail about usually, was a pioneer in using social networks to get their message out. It is time for the right to get their head out of the sand and do the same, and do it better.
Fourth, and last, though the truth can get obscured and denied on the Internet, when the truth finally spreads, it triumphs. Failure in using the Internet to spread the truth has led to idiots out there believing all sorts of conspiracy theories, social marxism, and blinds people to the intentions of people. Traditional media cowers and is afraid of the truth getting out on the Internet, and those who got the jump with their lies are beginning to be exposed (again, Moveon, Code Pink, Acorn, and other marxists nee ‘progressives’). That’s why some are jumping to try and block open discussions by Congress over social networks. They are afraid of the truth getting out there. Congressional leaders are afraid of the truth of their incompetence getting out to the masses.
And before you bash me, please understand there are some, like Dan Young of Alaska, who are labelled as Republican that I have similar problems with. The idea behind compassionate conservatism have been co-oped by those in favor of big government that claim to be from the right. The more light that opens up, the more these sorts will be exposed for the frauds they truely are, regardless of party.