Something the left and right political wings of the country can unite on is opposition to SOPA and PIPA. To my newfound liberal friends I'd like to say, what took you so long?
Did you just realize that government regulation always leads to excess and always leads to lost liberties?
As you know, SOPA and PIPA ostensibly would "protect" us from online piracy by permitting the government to force companies like Google and PayPal to stop servicing offending companies. Some members of both political wings realize that this sets the stage for further government intrusion into online freedom, and so Google (huge Obama supporters by the way), Craigs List, Wikipedia, and other websites held an online protest this week to draw attention to the dangerous bills.
Where the liberals are wrong is that they assume it's only SOPA and PIPA that are the problem. SOPA and PIPA are merely the latest examples of government encroachment of into our freedoms, which has been happening for the better part of a century. And it's been happening because of liberals!
SOPA and PIPA follow the same formula for every other government abuse.
1. There is a legitimate problem.
2. Well meaning people unite with scheming politicians to solve problem.
3. They empower the government to fix the problem.
4. Government fails wildly at it and causes more problems.
5. Government says that if it only had more power, it could solve these additional problems.
6. More power is granted.
7. Repeat steps 4-6 until the government runs everything.
It happened with gun control. Criminals are shooting people to death. Let's make everyone register before they can have gun. Done. Criminals are still shooting people to death. Let's put limits on what types of guns people can buy and how often. Done. Criminals are still shooting people to death. Let's ban ammo. After repeating that cycle a dozen times, only the criminals have guns, since the government took the freedom away from law-abiding citizens to own them.
It happened with energy regulation, to the point where the federal government is now telling you what light bulbs you have to buy.
It happens in just about everything the government sticks its snout in. It will happen with the Internet. Nice to have you aboard to fight the good fight, liberals. I just wish you showed up sooner.