What’s Wrong with a Well Regulated Internet?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It will be great! Take the Second Amendment. You know – “A well regulated Militia…” Instead, we can change it to read “A well regulated Internet, being necessary for the continuation of free access (defined by the FCC) to the World Wide Web, the right of the people to high-speed service shall not be infringed, except by the FCC.”

Okay – enough tomfoolery. Right now, as you read this, the Internet as it is currently comprised, is the very definition of freedom and free speech. ItNet-Neutrality has revolutionized expression.

20 years ago, I could never have imagined having the ability to go on the Internet, build a website and just start expressing myself. And anyone (well, almost) on the planet can access that information. It’s astounding! That’s real freedom. The founders would be proud.

One of the major complaints is, without net neutrality, cable and phone companies can and will charge content providers an extra fee for delivering content. Well, for the little to average guy, in my opinion, that isn’t going to happen. That fee will be reserved for large streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, etc. read more

Mining the Moon Is Not so Far-Fetched – Maybe

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So who thinks this is a good idea? According to a Reuters report in the Daily Mail our United States government “has taken the first steps to licensing firms to mine the moon.”

Yes, “The Federal Aviation Administration, in a previously undisclosed late December letter to Bigelow Aerospace, said the agency intends to ‘leverage the FAA’s existing launch licensing authority to encourage private sector investments in space systems by ensuring that commercial activities can be conducted on a non-interference basis.’ The move would give firms exclusive rights to that territory – as well as related areas that might be tapped formoon base mining, exploration and other activities.”

Bigelow has plans to set up inflatable habitats on the moon, and thanks to our benevolent FAA “expects to have exclusive rights to that territory.”

Yet apparently some, namely our State Department, are questioning the authority of the FAA to grant such rights, citing the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty (UNOST).

However, the UNOST was crafted during both the space race and arms race, between America and the Soviet Union. It “limits the use of the moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for testing weapons of any kind, conducting military maneuvers, or establishing military bases, installations, and fortifications.” read more

Podcast – Marijuana in Colorado, Mike Lee and the Super Bowl

Today I discuss purchasing marijuana in Colorado using government EBT (food stamp) cards, the great constitutional conservative, Senator Mike Lee, and of course, the Super Bowl.

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Government Doesn’t Know Better

from the American Spectator:

The year is drawing to a close and we are supposed to be happy that the lame duck Congress survived its usual year-end brinkmanship and threats of a government shutdown. Horrors! What would the helpless people do if politicians weren’t able to legislate, regulate, and dictate in the “public interest”? Why, the republic would collapse.

Not!

The traditional civics book notion of government at all levels is that the state does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. That’s typically seen as creating the framework for a free society—police, courts, defense, basic health and safety, “public” goods which otherwise wouldn’t be provided.  read more