“I’m from the Government and I am here to help.” I must submit to you that these are the most fearful things to heard said to you. The government follows a timeless truth that power seek to protect itself. The recent net neutrality debate simply illustrates the truth of the fact that the government seeks power to protect itself if nothing else. The fact that three people can wave their hand and suddenly the internet which was created by private enterprise is presto a public utility should alarm every American citizen greatly.
The real question was why was this really done. The rational was to make things fair for everyone. When the government talks about ‘fair’, a lie is coming, you can bank on it. I looked to see if there was a public ‘hue and cry’ about how unfair the internet was before this action was taken. I couldn’t find one. There were a few disgruntled people as always but there was no public demand for action because things were so unfair on the internet that change was needed. Sorry, the rational has no force to me.
Let’s forget practicality though and switch to philosophical principle. We start with a basic question – Who owns the internet? Regardless of what the answer might be, is it then right for a federal agency to by a vote of 3-2 point the government gun at the people who do indeed own it and take if from them? If you say ‘yes’, then with all due respect what kind of morality do you posses? At the very least, this commits the government to ‘just compensation’ to the owners of the internet as the US Constitution requires and exactly how much is it really worth and can the government afford the bill to pay for it given the already massive debt of the USA. This why lawsuits were immediately filed by those who think this was the greatest case of theft ever. The owners of the internet are going to fight to keep what they created and rightly so.
It proves once again that there is nothing neutral about the government’s action when they take action to change things. They are acting in their own interests while all the while saying they are acting in yours. The government acts in force and it shows more and more that what is needed is to wrestle the gun of power from them and start popping bullets in the magazine to the ground so they can never be used against the citizens of this country. To be honest this net neutrality seem more like an attempt by the government to grab more ammo.