After my short post the other day about SOPA and what is happening to the USA, I’ve been giving it a little bit more thought, spurred on by several people on Google Plus and their comments and a few news items recently.
We’ve seen the reactions of GoDaddy following a considerable amount of pressure and the loss of a (drop in the ocean for them, but still) large number of domains. But perhaps we are hitting the wrong drum, perhaps we ought to be concentrating our thoughts and efforts elsewhere, and that elsewhere is directly in Washington DC.
The people who are going to push through SOPA, if they can, are the politicians. These are the people we elect to represent us in our daily lives, to control what is good and make our lives better and easier. Well, in theory.
Most of them, and let’s be honest about this, work from one election to the next, attend when they have to, open a few supermarkets and generally sit on their laurels as much as possible. Not all of them, but many.
The main point here is that they will all wish to be elected next time round. They will all want to keep their positions, their power, their special privileges and everything that goes with it.
Start putting pressure directly onto the politicians and things may well change.
Once individuals – especially those with high profile blogs – begin to work on these politicians, to highlight their stance, their plans for voting on SOPA in public, and more people become aware of what their politician, their representative in Washington is planning on doing to their freedoms many may well re-think.
I don’t agree with the Reddit plan of taking out one politician to scare all the rest. I do agree with the idea of getting each and every politician to declare exactly where they stand and to then make this public so that more and more people, especially those who make a living from the Internet but also the ordinary run-of-the-mill people who gain great pleasure from this form of freedom, more and more can react and voice their opinion.
The future of SOPA, and similar legislation, rests on those who react, those who publicise the stance of their local politician, of all politicians, and allow pressure through a mass movement of contact, of argument against this legislation direct with the politicians themselves.
Let your voice be heard! Contact your representative in Washington and let them know what you feel and whether you will vote for them in the next election should they support SOPA. Shake the bastions of re-election!
Love & Kisses, Viki.