Does John Kerry believe his own baloney?
I mean, does this guy get up in the morning, look in the mirror, smile and say to himself, “John, you are so full of it, you handsome devil”?
He must, because nobody who is not completely delusional could say the things he says on a regular basis.
Case in point: Kerry was in South Korea this week when he started waxing sage about the Internet. Apparently, according to the secretary of state (who also served in Vietnam, BTW), the Internet will never reach its full potential without more government regulations.
This is the Internet he’s talking about, the thing that has gone from nonexistent to omnipresent within the space of a couple of decades. It’s the same thing that has put newspapers, television stations and most of the publishing industry out of business while garnering billions of dollars in advertising and enabling entirely new industries to come into being.
This is the same Internet that has fundamentally changed the way the entire human race thinks and communicates about cats … and other stuff.
But according to know-it-all John, it just needs a little government supervision to come into its own.
Why do I think this is a bad thing?
After all, the Obama Administration’s done such a bang-up job with the economy, foreign relations, healthcare and everything else. Why not let them set up shop in cyberspace as well?
Kerry’s couching his musings as a means to increase cyber security, listing five “principles” for countries to follow in order to stop things like trademark infringement, stealing of trade secrets and spying on other countries (hello? NSA? Ring a bell?)
I’d list the five principles but, frankly, they’re boring and all just amount to “don’t take other peoples’ stuff.”
Which is kind of ironic, considering. …
Whenever liberals start eyeing an area of human activity that doesn’t belong to them, it’s always for the sake of “security” against other people. Have you noticed?
(Please, won’t somebody think of the cyber children?)
“Organized crime is active in cyberspace,” said Kerry, sounding a bit jealous. “So are individual con artists, unscrupulous hackers, and persons engaged in fraud. … The resulting financial cost of those bad actors, the cost of cybercrime, is already enormous, but so is the loss of trust in the Internet that every successful fraud or theft engenders.”
So trust us, your lying government, to pass more laws restricting criminal activity that is already covered in most nations’ laws, and if a few other, hmmm, “inconvenient” regulations, like say an Internet political content code, should happen to be slipped into any new legislation, well, that’s just a small price to pay for “security.”
Mr. Secretary, I think the Internet works fine without your help, or your back-door alliances with businesses like Google and Facebook. The Internet, after all, is the place that conservatives get to have their views aired and get to challenge the status quo.
That’s a great thing because until the Net came along, we were largely shut out of the national conversation by liberals such as yourself, Mr. Secretary. So naturally, we’re a little suspicious of an Administration that since day one has expressed its desire to control conversation and news on the Internet, the radio and television suddenly wanting to help the Internet “reach its potential.”
“As we know, malicious governments are only part of the cybersecurity problem,” Kerry said.
Illegal spying on citizens, warrantless recording of email communications, departments dedicated to countering “wrong” political speech (yeah, we know about you paid trolls), and a narcissistic chief executive with a history of ordering certain stories deleted from the Net … yes, malicious governments are part of the problem.