The Reform Party website currently displays the following message:
Thank you for your support.
We are joining with others in this blackout to
protest SOPA and PIPA as a potential infringement
on the rights of all Americans.
The Reform Party is dedicated to upholding
the Constitution and is participating in a one day
Internet Blackout today Jan 18th, 2012.
This site will resume normal operations tomorrow, Jan 19th, 2012.
Among other sites participating in the blackout is wikipedia.
The US Pirate Party site has also been down for several days; I don’t know whether that is related to the protest or due to some other cause.
Webmaster Jonathan Gibbons for RJ Harris, a candidate for the Libertarian presidential nomination, provides the following editorial explaining the issue:
On the dangers of internet censorship and the power of the free market to combat it.
Wikipedia and many other website giants will be turning themselves off Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012, to show their opposition to the unconstitutional and anti-liberty SOPA and PIPA bills. The internet is one of the last beacons of freedom with limited regulation and a plethora of freely exchanged information. The internet provides a platform for freedom fighters around the world to express their opinions, rally activists and promote liberty. So powerful is its’ edification impact that its’ invention may indeed be more revolutionary than the invention of the printing press. The internet has become the greatest enemy of the tyrannical state the world has ever known.
SOPA and PIPA will essentially give the Federal Government incredible powers to infringe internet liberties. It grants the government unforgiving powers to confiscate websites, shut them down, and to force search engines such as Google to remove indexed websites from their queries. Sound familiar? It should, because this is the same power exercised by China when they block websites from the public. You may see an example of what could happen to a government seized website by checking out this link of a seized website or by clicking the image on the right. It isn’t bad enough that they may shut websites down, but they will pompously flaunt that they did with unnecessary “seized images” as well.
The two party system has failed. The Congress has failed. Our Presidents have failed. But the free market possesses a power greater than that of any state. It possesses a power to influence and rally a great many people through voluntary action; not through force. The free market is indeed “We the People” unhinged from corporatist control and the power to take away fundamental rights through the state.
Electing candidates like RJ Harris to political office, who understand the power of the free market to combat tyranny, will help to curb these continued grabs at complete totalitarianism by corrupt corporatist-republicrats.
Disclaimer: The contents of this post do not necessarily represent the views of RJ Harris or the RJ Harris campaign. These are the opinions of the RJ Harris 2012 Webmaster, Jonathan Gibbons.