Happy Wins-Day, my Outgoing and Outspoken!
Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to not being silenced! For those who are not aware, there are two proposed controversial anti-piracy bills that are being voted on today in Congress called The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate companion, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). The bills would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to obtain court orders against websites that are accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who makes the request, the court order could stop online advertisers and payment facilitators from doing business with the alleged infringing website, search engines from linking to those sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to those sites as well.
So what does that mean? It means that if this bill passes, your right to surf the Internet freely will be compromised! It means that the government and big corporations will control what you are able to see online, similarly to how they control television and other forms of media!! It means that this so called democracy that we live in will be less and less controlled by the people!! It means that your right to free speech or free expression is in jeopardy!
Today, as many protest these bills and try to stop Congress from infringing on our rights, let’s remember the right we have as individuals that we most often take advantage of! The right to free our minds!! The right to make decisions in our lives that will move us forward!! Let’s remember that we must never be censored! Let’s stop accepting everything that is given to us as fact, and do our own thinking! As Djimon Hounsou so eloquently said in Amistad… “:Give us Free!!!” Freedom to think as we want! Freedom to do as we will!! Freedom to be as we see fit!! DO NOT BE CENSORED!!! THE WORLD IS YOURS!!!!
“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” -Harvey Fierstein
“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” -Napoleon Bonaparte
“The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.” -Tommy Smothers
“Every man is free to rise as far as he’s able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he’ll rise.” -Ayn Rand
“If you hear a voice within you saying, ”You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent van Gogh
“The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought.” -Unknown
“You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future.” -Richard Bach
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