1. Lorene Peetz
    October 19, 2010

    This is exactly what all the newly registered voters need to read! Better yet, those who are recently eligible but haven’t voted yet! Great job pulling it all together Ron!

  2. Apatheistic Heathen
    December 31, 2010

    Not that anyone that’s going to read this is going to care about my opinion…but I think this is an incredibly narrow-mind piece of writing considering it’s supposedly meant “for young people,” as well as terribly inaccurate. No offense, but I think many “young people” could write better…in fact, I’ve seen better. Normally, I would elaborate in a situation like this, but I’ve learned that no matter how much I say, my words always fall on deaf ears…therefore making any sort of argument a waste of time and mental effort.

    Then why would I go through the effort of even commenting? Simple…like you, I like to share my OPINION (except in my case, I don’t pretend like it’s fact). Well, to be honest, that’s not the sole reason…I’m trying to provoke and stimulate thought. What young people need is not to be told what to think, but to be shown how to think and to be encouraged to think for themselves. Appreciate or condemn my opinion and/or my purpose for stating them, but if you must choose the latter, please do so thoughtfully and in a civil manner.

  3. Kevin Elzinga
    July 12, 2012

    I strongly advise our nation to govern the internet much like we would govern driving or govern owning a gun. The reality of the internet today is that one or two clicks on a mouse can be just as deadly as one or two clicks on the trigger of a gun.

    Carefully orchestrated slander can touch off this chain of events in a person’s life.

    For lack of one’s integrity
    One’s job was lost.
    For lack of a job.
    One’s house was lost.
    For lack of a house
    One’s health was lost.
    For lack of one’s health
    One’s life was lost.

    This is the slippery slope that all experienced bullies try to push their victims towards. And some of them hope that they will be able to punch at their victims from the shadows because this adds a whole new level of “fun” for them.

    When bullies get older, sending a kid home crying no longer offers enough pleasure.

    When a bully becomes more experienced, he or she needs to actually ruin the life of his or her target to get a rush of adrenaline.

    And like an addict, the bully requires more misery to stay alive. And just like with alcohol, they claim they have a constitutional right to feed off of other people’s misery.

    It is time decent people got together to put a stop to this abuse of the Constitution.

    The Founding Fathers deliberately included the word “peaceably” in the First Amendment so as to clarify that civilized debate is protected while Hostile AND Pointless speech is not.

    While I admit that hostile speech must sometimes be aired so that people can gauge how serious a situation is, I sincerely doubt that the Founding Fathers would think that speech for the sole purpose of causing misery is a protected form of speech.

    I am appalled that there are people in this great country of ours who think that instilling misery in others should be protected by the U.S. Constitution.

    I am further appalled that pornography is considered a protected form of speech because this has only encouraged others to push further into the realms of taboo. Child pornography has become much more prevalent only because pornography itself is more prevalent. This environment of tolerance towards adult porn makes it much more likely that the children of adult porn addicts will grow up “unchecked”. It is in this “unchecked” environment where child pornographers are born and they can easily grow up not knowing that what they are doing is wrong. If a person has lived in a porn bubble all his life, he isn’t going to know how different his porn bubble is from the world around him until he gets arrested.

    I think, until children are old enough to know the difference between bullying and protected forms of dissent, they should not be allowed to navigate the internet alone. I would advocate an “internet license” for children and young adults…much like a driver’s license. Some people are going to scream and holler that this violates the Constitution, but I would calmly ask these screamers if posting the naked picture of one’s classmate online is a constitutional right owed to all children.

    We all know that kids and young people have committed suicide from these experiences…and sometimes the ignorant public, unaware of the CONTEXT surrounding the posted photos, can jump to unfair conclusions about the VICTIM…further ruining that victim’s life.

    The most current fad among bullies?

    They post damaging photos on a web page that they themselves “OWN”.

    They then include the victim’s full name in the posting.

    And finally, they pay a company like GoAnimate a small fee (20 dollars) to boost the Google Page Rank of the webpage with the damaging photos.

    After that, anytime the vitim’s name is searched online, guess what pops up first in the results page?

    The damaging photos.

    The victim is then essentially branded for life.

    This is essentially what the Nazis did with the Jews. They branded the Jews for nearly 2 decades by forcing them to wear the Star of David every time they walked in public.

    And the Jews would still be branded today had no action been taken to stop it.

    It is time to ask ourselves as a CIVILIZED society. Who do we value more? Our civilians or our bullies?

    Because the bullies are going to take this new power of the internet and do terrible things with it unless they are put in check.

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