This irreversible decision

The quiet that surrounds Obama’s mismanagement of every aspect of American society may have reached a moment of resistance in a rare agreement between Republicans and Democrats. You may not even know the internet is in need of saving, but this a story that is worth pondering, not just for what it says about the issue itself, but about the governance of the United States when in the hands of Democrats. The story from The Wall Street Journal: Congress Can Save the Internet which comes with the sub-heading, “The White House will end U.S. oversight at month’s end, unless lawmakers step in.” We are used to the freedom of the internet but that is not a future given.

President Obama wants this to be the last month of an open, uncensored internet guaranteed by the U.S. government. His plan to end American stewardship would hand new power to authoritarian governments offended by the internet as we know it. . . .

“This irreversible decision could result in a less transparent and accountable internet governance regime or provide an opportunity for an enhanced role for authoritarian nation-states.” . . .

The broader point is that the internet ain’t broke and doesn’t need fixing. Icann’s stakeholders—developers, engineers, network operators and entrepreneurs—are free to operate an open internet because U.S. protection prevents Moscow, Beijing, Tehran and other authoritarian regimes from meddling. The Obama administration may not be comfortable with American exceptionalism, but the internet fosters free speech and innovation because it was built in the image of the U.S.

Obama will do as much damage as he can before he is finally on his way. If you are interested in freedom of speech, you have to be interested in this.

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