45 Words Net Neutrality Supporters Never Utter

by Mike Wendy on July 20, 2017

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee:

“Yes, one of the great tenets of the Bill of Rights – the freedom of speech. Do you stand with me? Are you ready to resist? Are you ready to defend Net Neutrality? Are you ready to wear that banner? I am a fighter for the First Amendment. I am a fighter for freedom. Net Neutrality – that is freedom; that is the First Amendment. And, that is America. I yield back.” (Emphasis added)

I always find it interesting that when Progressives talk about free speech and the First Amendment for their cause, they never actually bring up the 45 words that comprise that First Right.

They are:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

And that means, government stay out! It’s not a collective right, but the individual’s…against government action to regulate speech.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai talked about this while introducing the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom NPRM in late April. There, he noted:

…[S]ome will argue that government control [via Title II] is the key to the ability to speak your mind on the Internet. Most Americans should recognize this absurdity for what it is. For government regulation is no friend to free speech, but its enemy. After all, the First Amendment doesn’t give the government power to regulate. It denies the government that power. And anyone who thinks otherwise should remember the wise words of President Gerald Ford: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

Net Neutrality represents the opposite of free speech and the First Amendment. It’s three unelected government bureaucrats making law (itself a Constitutional matter) to “heal,” make more “fair and diverse,” and “protect” free speech for the “open” Internet.

No matter what Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee and her resisting Progressives say, We did not give the government the power to do this.

Net Neutrality is not the American way or Freedom – it is anything but.

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