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Independence….Freedom

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INDEPENDENCE DAY!!

Today we once again celebrate the beginning of our country….the day we told England that we would no longer be ruled by them.  We told them we wanted to be free to rule ourselves, to have true representation and to decide our own destiny.

And so our forefathers wrote a paper explaining in no uncertain terms that we were all created equal, that we had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We celebrate with fireworks, get togethers, and other festivities that promote family, friendships, and country.  We thank our military and hold parades to remember our victory after what became known as the Revolutionary War or the War for Freedom.

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We celebrate those that have fought to retain and keep our freedoms….and we celebrate ourselves.  We celebrate our daily struggles to find our freedom.  Living in this society today, 200 plus years from that day when our American ancestors said, “Enough!” we have our own system of twisted laws and taxes, fines and penalties, and all those things that we fought against all those years ago.

Our flag has grown from 13 stars to 50 and could grow again.  Our country has grown from importer to exporter.  Commerce, trade, industry, business of all sorts have supported us, enriched us and pushed us into more productive citizens.

But citizenship is more than just what we can take from this country.  It entails knowing the heartbeat of the country, the bounty that it gives and the lessons it takes out of each of us. Citizenship also requires us to know what our country stands for and to defend its rights and freedoms, to share ideas and to vote for our representatives.  Freedom is not free—-it requires our dues in the voting booth, in the newspapers and in our hearts and minds.  Freedom requires that we be alert and attentive to our surroundings, and the world around us.  Freedom….to live and be who we want to be!

Our country has cultures, ideas, inventions, faiths, and ingenuity from every latitude and longitude of this planet.  We are all blended together into on nation with the hopes and dreams birthed on that day in July, 1776.

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And so on this day of celebration…take time to think of the real United States of America.  Think of the people, the land, the dreams, and the future that we, the current citizens, can bring about.

Enjoy your day….and remember to thank God for blessing this country with all it has to give!  Let freedom ring!!

SOPA/PIPA…..CENSORSHIP AT ITS BEST

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Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are part of the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA’s) ideas of protecting their property by opening the door for Congress to limit who, what, when, why someone can access information and ideas on the internet.

I totally understand that MPAA wants to protect its property—their movies, sounds, ideas, etc.  I understand Piracy is a problem.  BUT….at what cost do we start censoring and limiting something that should be free??

These bills would open the door to censor all sorts of things, just like China, Iran, Cuba, and other countries monitor what their citizens can access on the internet.  It should be the the WIDE WORLD WEB, not the WE’RE WATCHING WEB.  Do we really want to be limited by what only the powers that be allow us to view.

We have given our elected officials so much power and they have taken it and more. They pass laws and fight over more laws that impact our lives everyday….and somehow avoid impacting their own.   They pass health bills, tax bills, import/export bills, security bills, war bills, etc.  Very few of these impact the Senators and so-called Representatives that we elect.  They exempt themselves from all sorts of laws that take our very freedoms away.

If they pass these 2 bills….THEY will still have the access they will say you don’t deserve, don’t need, don’t know how to use, or whatever excuse they come up with.

They are already wanting to keep our personal information for up to 5 years…just in case we do something illegal now or illegal soon.  For an administration that ran on TRANSPARENCY they sure are doing alot of secret deals to take away what little we have.

Perhaps soon we should all be wearing little brown uniforms and reciting the new rhetoric of the government.  The first amendment be damned in their opinion, we need to be kept dumb and mute.

The dumbing down of America continues.  We no longer teach our children the basics of life–reading, writing, arithmetic, critical thinking, and ingenuity.  Instead we teach them to sit and work a computer and let the computer do all of the thinking for them.  This is how the Congress needs the general public to be so that they can continue to do as they want when they want how they want.  They thought this would be one more way to control the populace.

Let us prove them wrong!  Contact your Congressmen today!  Tell them to VOTE NO ON SOPA AND PIPA!!

a few links to read more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16628143

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/microsoftpri0/2017272889_anti-sopapipa_efforts_by_the_numbers.html

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

how to contact congress…a few ways:

https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+contact+congress+about+sopa&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Addendum:

I did write my Congressman, Mike Ross and let him know that I expected him to vote NO…..here is his response:

Dear Friend:

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act. I appreciate hearing from you.

As you know, H.R. 3261 was introduced on October 26, 2011, as legislation that would combat the theft of U.S. intellectual property and promote creativity and innovation. This legislation was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

The intent of this legislation is to prevent foreign illegal internet content; however rest assured that if the bill goes farther in any way to restrict Americans’ access to the internet, I will oppose it. While I support laws that protect and respect the creativity and innovation of hardworking Americans through our long-standing copyright rules, I believe we must be careful that these laws do not infringe on Americans’ First Amendment rights of free speech and we absolutely must not limit the ability of people to access lawful Internet content.

Please know that I will continue to monitor this issue and will keep your views in mind should I be called to vote on any related legislative initiatives.

As your Congressman, please know that I will work to ensure that a fair and commonsense solution can be implemented that will not restrict Americans’ right to lawful Internet content.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future.

Sincerely,

Mike Ross

At least it is a response. Now if we can just get a solid NO vote.