Anyone who has read my blogs or watched my live streams will know I'm not terribly fond of politicians in general. I tend to find they're the people most ill equipped to actually work for the good of society but the most well equipped to stab enough backs to reach their positions of power. Every once in a while though one will make me face palm just that little bit harder and this week it's Ted Cruze the junior United States Senator from Texas.
I was tagged in a post regarding a recent comment by Mr Cruz regarding Net Neutrality, it seems this Texan "firebrand" decided it was high time to focus on something new having already voted against such evil legislation as the violence against women act and supporting socially beneficial ideas like privatising Social Security (what could go wrong there?). Yes, it was time to make sure the government kept their pesky hands off the Internet and left it in the hands of those best placed to care for our information superhighway, the corporations. Here's what Mr Cruz Tweeted:
"Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.
No, really. He Tweeted that. The Internet is not making this shit up. Net Neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. Let that sink in for a minute. Obamacare is a good idea (universal healthcare) mired in a sea of filth regularly topped up by hideously corrupt insurance corporations and an equally disgusting 'for profit' medical system. Not to mention the inept and downright deceitful politicians involved. Net neutrality is all about protecting a level playing field for the Internet. That's all. Making sure the little guy has every chance of becoming the big guy. It's like the American dream for the digital age. But not for Mr Cruz.
Now, far be it from me to cast aspersions on the good name of Cruz. I'm sure in his heart of hearts he genuinely believes Net Neutrality is exactly like a universal healthcare scheme. I mean it's government sticking their oar in where it doesn't belong isn't it? Setting aside the myriad issues of Obamacare for now it's plain to see universal healthcare is nothing more than a pinko, commie ideal taking the bread out of the mouths of hard working corporations with offshore bank account and dubious tax planning abilities. Why wouldn't he think such a thing? I mean, it's not as if he's ever accepted a generous donation from...let's say...Comcast, is it? Oh, he did? No, I'm sure that has nothing to do with his opinion on this matter. To even think that lobbying and donations could sway a politicians opinion is ridiculous. Apart from the fact it isn't.
If Mr Cruz can get his head out of the corporate arse for more than a moment it might do him some good to look at the benefits of net neutrality. Let's take a poll, which do you think generates more tax dollars for the US economy? A. E-commerce and all that good, internetty stuff. or B. The entertainment giants? Did you answer 'A'? If so, give yourself a pat on the back. Not that I'm saying for one moment large corporations avoid paying the tax they really should as they milk their host nations as dry as they possibly can.
Net neutrality protects the entrepreneurial spirit that is the backbone of any great nation. It allows humans one place, one piece of digital ground where they truly can achieve anything, reach any giddy level of success. The people grinding out their living online are pumping money back into the economy via taxes and purchases of both goods and services. Do the corporations really do that?
Mr Cruz, I realise that as a politican the idea of doing what's right for the people is a little hard for you to get your tiny pea brain around but take it from me, nobody remembers the slimy chancers who hitch up to whatever dinner wagon is passing. Not in any meaningful way. Live up to your oath, do what is right for your people, and for the love of all things holy save your epic brain farts for a private conversation rather than vomiting your stupidity all over Twitter.