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A letter from my Congressman

Thu Jan 19, 2012, 9:58 PM
On Wednesday, I wrote a brief comment to my Congressman in Indiana to voice my opposition of SOPA.  Today, I got the response, which I would like to share with you.  Thank you to everyone who spread my Blackout Skin and Avatar, your comments and support are overwhelmingly wonderful.  I cannot possibly respond to everyone.  I'm sure this generic response is met to everyone who sent a letter to their Congressional Representative.  The letter is somewhat informative for those interested in following the legislation.  Mention of S.968/PIPA is brought up, however not discussed what details it entails.  I do not feel satisfied with this non-answer, as it does not say any indication of which side my Congressman purports to support.

Dear Gillian,

Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act.  I appreciate hearing from you.

Introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith, H.R. 3261 would seek to modernize criminal and civil statutes to increase the enforcement of copyright infringement on the Internet. Specifically, H.R. 3261 would authorize the Attorney General to seek injunctions against a foreign Internet site committing or facilitating online piracy or the copyright infringement of music, films, software, and other intellectual property created by U.S. firms. Additionally, the measure would narrow the definition of an Internet site dedicated to infringing activities, and would authorize the Attorney General to require search engines and payment collectors to restrict access and eliminate financial viability to such sites.

H.R. 3261 was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, where it is currently pending consideration.  The measure has 28 cosponsors and a companion measure has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Leahy.  On May 26, 2011, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary approved the Senate version of this measure, S. 968. Subsequently, S. 968 was referred to the full Senate, where it is currently pending consideration.

Thank you again for contacting me.  Be assured that I will continue to monitor H.R. 3261 with your views in mind.  Do not hesitate to let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.


Sincerely,

Peter J. Visclosky
Member of Congress


I would like to quote Wikipedia on the matter of PIPA and what concerns it raises for the general internet populace.

Concern for user-generated sites



Opponents of the legislation warn that the Protect IP Act would have a negative impact on online communities. Journalist Rebecca MacKinnon argued in an op-ed that making companies liable for users' actions could have a chilling effect on user-generated sites like YouTube. "The intention is not the same as China's Great Firewall, a nationwide system of Web censorship, but the practical effect could be similar", she says.[citation needed] Policy analysts for New America Foundation say this legislation would enable law enforcement to take down an entire domain due to something posted on a single blog: "Yes, an entire, largely innocent online community could be punished for the actions of a tiny minority."[66]


As an artist who distributes and networks her art online, I feel I am directly impacted by the negative effects that this bill will cause.  My ability to sell a single artwork may be capsized should the sites I use, such as DeviantART, Facebook, Etsy, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Blogger, Webs, Google+, receive censorship due to user generated content.  I rely on these sites in order to facillitate my artistic endeavors.  And worse, if these sites are penalized, my personal social infrastructure would suffer the consequences.  

I do not feel satisfied that my views are being represented.  I feel like my only means of promoting my art is at stake here.  I am in a secluded community and cannot network via local galleries.  And via the internet, my outreach is worldwide.  I depend on the foreign market as well.  Several of my Etsy customers have been to Canada or Australia, and if I am no longer to reach out to them, I will lose potential sales and repeat business.  I am a stay-at-home mother and my only means to supplement our income is via my art sales and CSS commissions.  I depend on these sites to do just that.  I cannot afford advertising.  I cannot afford booths or tables at shows.  I cannot afford to display my art in a gallery.  I do not have an agent to represent my work.  I cannot even afford business cards.  I hand print all of my own.

I ask you, how will this effect you?  The blackout protest may be over, but the legislation is not.  It may be temporarily shelved, and under consideration.  I am not satisfied.  A complete revision which does not trample my artistic freedoms, does not censor and restrict and punish the websites I need so I can break out as an artist.  I will fight for DeviantART.  I want better copyright laws that do not damage the very medium copyright holders like myself use to purvey their craft.  I am effected and affected.

I say do not punish everyone to try to prevent the illegal acts of the few.  Which in all likelihood, those who practice illegal redistributions will still do so without repercussion.  Instead, I propose to remove the demand for illegal copyright materials.  If you cannot stop the supply, then make the demand go away.  How would this be accomplished?  Restrict profit.  Inflation and capitalization have driven theft and demand for free and cheaper goods.  Profit should be reasonable, and as costs go up, yes they would too, but when costs go back down, the retail should go back down as well.  When you see sales that are for 50%-75% off, you know damned well that these companies are not taking a loss except in their profit margins.  But when they sell a $5 shoe for $75 you're more likely to want the knockoff for $15.

This can apply to all consumables.  Medications and procedures as well.  How much are they profiting on our ills and suffering?  Counterfeit drugs are a serious problem.  People know of the dangers, but they will still turn to them in their financial desperation.  Restrictions on profit margins would revolutionize our entire medicare system.  Corporate greed is literally killing us.  Our government cannot afford free healthcare for one simple reason, healthcare costs too much.  Not because we would not be able to cover everyone.  We shouldn't have to sacrifice anyone to the wolves.  We shouldn't take funding from public institutions.  

Remove the demand for pirated EVERYTHING.  It's not just movies, books, music...  It is medicine, textiles, food.  If all these costs were fair, why would we buy from the vendor around the corner?  Why would we risk punitive measures when we could give our hard earned money to the workers and craftsman and manufacturers that earned it?  I do not want to steal.  I do not want to be punished for the acts of the few.  We know that corporations cut costs, sacrifice quality for quantity, and they keep raising their prices to rake in billions a day.  Who suffers?  Workers, consumers, everyone who isn't them.  And would they suffer if they were given a forced limit?  No, they would not be starving, they would not lose their homes, their lives are not in peril.  All they would lose is excess gains.  Greed.

I am interested in what you have to weigh in on this.  I do not normally voice my opinions on politics and economy all over the internet.  Other than to my own friends who will forgive me my strong opinions when they are in contrast to their own.  I welcome constructive debate.  I have presented my thoughts on this and welcome yours.  Though I do not welcome outright slander or hating.  Sentiments like that can be kept to yourself.

Articles of Interest

You are welcomed to share your articles which may be in opposition or support of my opinion.  Please post and I will share it here.

The New Piracy Law Does Not Apply to ArtistsSeriously, if anyone was freaking about this new bill S.978 like I was, (yes, that's what it is called) you absolutely need to read what I have written in this article as well as my journal entry titled: Pirating Was What It Was About. The content of this is almost the same as my journal but not really since I did add a few things.
It is very important. Don't even think about deleting it from your damn inbox because I am going to clarify everything that has been written below!!
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Okay, to the vast majority of you know I was freaking out about the new bill going on, I am sorry since I've received very inaccurate and incomplete information from various people all over the internet and starting that now ridiculous petition. I might take it down but first I will tell all of you that this bill is for the people that has and had been pirating music and movies and distributing it to the public for free. This n
Protect IP Act Senate whip countIf you live in the states or are interested in what becomes of the innerwebs you can contact our senators to let them know how you feel about PIPA & SOPA
You can help by selecting a senator below and contacting them by phone or email (via OpenCongress' Contact Congress feature). When calling on the phone, be sure to identify yourself as a constituent, and give your mailing address for verification. Please be polite, and ask the senator's staff what the senator's position is on the Protect IP Act. If they indicate their position, use the key below to categorize the answer. If they don't, urge them to vote "no."
If someone has already recorded the senator's position, contact them again! The more calls/emails they get, the more they'll pay attention. If there position hasn't changed, please note your contact on the Protect IP Act Senate contact log so everyone can track their responses.
Slect Senator


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Lawenta Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really wonder where this is going.

The idea of democracy was people ruling themselves, reaching the best and fairest living conditions imaginable. Yet "democratic" goverments are losing credibility worldwide: people no longer trust them to represent their views and best interests, yet the governments are still around.
Likewise, the idea of capitalism was to create opportunities and the best products needed by people; instead, big corporations are becoming the new overlords, visibly and invisibly affecting our lives to their liking, making us earn less and less and buy more and more.

How to overturn the situation? The discontent is growing. Merely voicing one's opinion accomplishes nothing (except perhaps losing a job), demonstrations are presented as unfounded, selfish and dangerous. I see some hope in petition-based pressure groups like Avaaz [link] , but I can't deny that what they do is basically lobbying, just for good causes. (Hopefully. Most of the times.) If groups like this ever become a substantial political force, no doubt will they get infiltrated and abused.

Is it even possible to transform or overthrow this cage of a system through peaceful means?
I highly doubt a change brought about by violence would be to the better...
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed. It often seems no win. Lobbying to the corrupt to complain about their corruption, to them is laughable. The government hasn't been for the people for a long time, only presents itself as though it were for us by us. If you spout your praises enough, then maybe others will believe them.

Thanks for reading my article. And thanks for the link. It is sad that the world needs activists like Avaaz to speak out against current evils. We are taught in school about history and mankind's dark past. But it is the present where it is still dark where we need change. Have we learned nothing from history? Violence begets violence.
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Lawenta Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.

It's sad that those activists need to exist, but it's hopeful that they do exist. :)

Violence is inherently unjust; it tends to hurt the innocent along with the guilty.
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Kaishiru Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an informative post you've made. :omfg: I'm faving this journal/news article. It's too amazing. <3
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the support ;D
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Kaishiru Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome~ ;p
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it is fantastic that you took the time to write to your Congressman :nod: you asked "what does he support" ? the only thing we know for sure is (he supports replying with a form letter) :faint: how very sad.

I agree with your views on this Bill :nod: if passed posting (anything) to the internet could mean jail time for any person.

You have a lot of great responses from this journal and I do not want to restate what so many have already said.

I hope you keep this journal updated with your thoughts and research, you did an awesome job with this writing.

Jo
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;D There are a lot of great responses, a lot of passion here on DA :D I love this community. I'll try to keep this updated.

I tried to include it in the collections for #DevNews but it got removed. Not sure if I did something wrong. What is the procedure at the group?
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I will check it out.
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SilverPixiGirl Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Obama has flatly refused to sign the SOPA
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got an e-mail from fightforthefuture.org ;D [link]
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SilverPixiGirl Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
just signed up!
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mrcbax Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a Ron Paul fan myself, but I pretty much agree with your sentiments here. Ron Paul is one of the few guys out there I saw that released a statement totally against all the SOPA PIPA stuff. Don't even get me started on the farming and food industry monopolies going on right now, I'm liable to give everyone an ear full.
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;D I don't personally know much about Ron Paul, haven't really been paying attention to the Republican candidates. I am glad that some are actually voicing their opinion on it, rather than giving a non-committal statement.

So much is wrong with our entire economic infrastructure. Needs an overhaul. I once participated in a "Summer School for Designing Society" class, which the topics were discussed of how we felt society could thrive in a harmonious state, with environment and economy. My design (I was 13, mind you) was to completely remove money. Course, my idealogic society has been more refined since that thought, but the principles remain the same. If housing, food, healthcare and necessity were all provided for and only luxury were to be attained... Of course, workers would receive compensation and society would still function, just no one would starve and be homeless or die from preventable and curable illness.

Sure, there'd be the lazy sods content with healthcare, home and food. But they would neither be contributing or harming society by not participating in the workforce. If they wanted to do more than just exist then they'd need to contribute.

I know my concept is not perfect, for surely, people would go against a utopian society where we all take care of each other for all of us to thrive. I think I watched too much Star Trek growing up, their Federation was the embodiment of my dream society. I can still dream though.
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mrcbax Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They don't ever talk about him because they are scared of him, pretty much a media blackout. He has consistently placed 2nd or third in the primaries and yet not one peep about him...all they talk about is the Bush wannabe shills that if placed in office would keep up our current status quo. If they do talk about him, its in a derogatory way, because of his anti-war, anti-big government stands. He's been pretty blunt in pointing out some of our shortcomings as Americans in general and it doesn't sit well with a lot of people when it's something they don't want to hear. He's really more Libertarian, small government, big individual freedoms, and more conservative fiscal responsibility. I consider myself an extreme moderate (I say that these days because there are some people so far right or left they can't see straight with what anybody else might think) but my personal views line up more closely with him than the other candidates.

I will admit, I also like the principles and ideas behind a utopian society free of money, where everyone just helps each other out because its the right thing to do.
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Imagine" is one of my favorite songs, I like the Perfect Circle rendition.

I consider myself to be a compromisist. What our country needs is to meet in the middle. Everyone is so extremist, how can our government possibly satisfy? Better to make nobody happy and find a middle ground. that way, everyone is equally miserable. ;P

I had heard that he was the black sheep of Republicans. I got my news of that via The Daily Show jokes :B I don't really watch TV much, but have watched a bit of it online. I figure, the best way to get news is the funny way.

I don't know what an extreme moderate is. Sounds like a contradiction of terms. Is that like true neutral? (I have dated D&D geeks exclusively since I was about 14) I am definitely swayed by Democratic logic, though I do not see eye to eye with every politician on that boat. I do not feel any truly represent me. And sure, there are likely things I might be in agreement with on the Republican party, but so much of the rhetoric I hear spouted is based in intolerance and hatred and self righteousness.

Okay, end of rant for now ;D Pleasure discussing with you, I always welcome a candid debate.
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mrcbax Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha my definition of extreme moderate: I am a humble farmboy from the Midwest United States. I am extremely moderate in my politics and my way of life. Being an extreme moderate is a hard place to be. I only want whats best for everybody but since everybody doesn't want that they tend to disagree with me a lot. Extremist left or right wing reasoning shows them that since I don't see everything the way they do, the only logical conclusion is that I must be the devil! - copied from my stumpleupon profile

I guess the way I see it, the people that want the craziest things are usually the most vocal and overly dramatic about it...and if you watch them too much in the news, pretty soon you start believing everybody actually is crazy lol. Being moderate and being able to compromise works well in a reasonable world, but in politics, the crazies and the paid offs just run them all over to get what they want...thus my definition of extreme moderate came to be, someone that wants the greater good and has the balls to tell both ends of the spectrum to shut up and behave. I suppose I lean a little more conservatively because of my background and upbringing...but I too can't stand the self righteousness and stuff. I'm a bit on the anti-religious side of things...and that always gets me stirred up when people try to mix religion and politics.
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful reasoning and sentiment. The crazies are definitely the loudest. The moderate and liberals should be louder! I never liked the terms "left" and "right". Mostly due to the negative connotations associated with left handedness. It was once considered evil or of the devil to be left handed. My Mom was punished for using her left hand in school. So the terms piss me off. Though it seems true, the right think the lefts are all devils, and the lefts think the rights are all assholes. :XD:

I am definitely not conservative. My upbringing is rather unorthodox. I've moved around a lot, attended five high schools. Dropped out in 12th grade because my credits were screwed. Lived in homeless shelters with my Mom. Seen firsthand the hole that is the welfare system. Worked my ass off in retail management, so got to meet many people. I hung out with the 'freaks' of DC, punks, goths and abnormals. And spent my days changing people's minds of what punks were. I have a penchant for befriending everyone. In high school I was friends with the goth, punks, rednecks, popular kids, you name it. They all knew the girl with the mohawk and if their minds were open enough to talk to me, then they became my friends. I considered the hair a good friend filter. If people prejudged me, they were not the sort I wanted as friends in the first place.

I've come to Indiana now via my bf, we met here on DA, actually. I don't really fit in with his family and neighbors. And I hardly know his friends, or rather, they hardly know me. I've lived here 6 years, so kinda a big deal to me that I've made zero friends out here. The sucky thing about having no roots anywhere is not having been able to keep all my friends. I've managed to stay in contact with many of them, but not the same when you don't actually socialize with them. But on the pro side, I have met an amazing array of people. MD, VA, WV, FL, SC, TX, IN. So many people you meet, even in a big city, have stayed in the same place all their lives. To me, that is almost unimaginable. The longest I have ever lived any where was 9 years. From when I was 4-13, growing up in a small town in MD. This home is the second longest time I've stayed in one place. (it's driving me a little stir crazy)

Okay, enough off topic rambling. This happens a lot, the not social thing and DA is my only outlet... Makes me very run on sentency.
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mrcbax Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess I never thought about the hand thing...I'm pretty much ambidextrous, but its weird because I do different things with my left hand and right hand. I write with my right hand, but I've always eaten with my left, which people tend to notice when you are out to dinner with them.
As far as living in one place, I don't think I could be any further different from you. I still in fact live in the house I was born in. I've moved three times in my life and they were all within a 1/4 mile of each other. The last time I moved back into my dad's old house, and he moved up the road into my grandparents old house. In fact my entire family with the exception of one aunt in Florida all lives within about a mile of each other. We are very tight knit but totally dysfunctional if that makes any sense. I've had the same best friend since first grade and he also lives just a 1/4 mile down the road. I have gotten out and traveled and seen other places. I've been all over Florida, been to Texas a couple times, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Virgina, and everywhere in between. I think taking care of the family farm does something for creating deep roots though because I always find my way back home.
I can see how you would get a little stir crazy not having any close friends around at the moment. A shame you guys don't live a little closer down south, my wife and I would totally hang out and do dinner some time!
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One thing I like about DA, is that I become friends with such an array of people. I miss DC a lot. I had roots there, in my own way. I'd been in and out of the metro area since I was about 14. The people I knew there were the people I knew the longest. When I lived on my own, I chose to be close to them. I definitely miss having a social life. :shifty:
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The-Port-of-Riches Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow, thanks for the information.
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
they want to kill web 2.0 :shrug: something big companies have been trying for a while already, since everyone everywhere can post whatever he wants about a company (for example that tweet some years ago about Steve Jobs' death, that made the apple stock crash / not saying apple dislikes web 2.0, pretty sure they love it :P )

I remember several tries, by both government or providers, both US and EU, to regulate and control website access for the public.

I also believe those people underestimate the economic power of the internet. It's simple math: website displays ads > user clicks on ads and buys things > companies make profit > government earns taxes. It would cause a lot of harm to the already troubled situation.

Another thing… I would like to pay for movies, tv shows, music, books if they were easy to access online. Music works nicely via iTunes. The thing is… musicians don't make money on selling records, record labels make money on that. Musicians make far more money by going on tour or catching advertisement contracts. The earn something between 2 - 5 % from selling records. (Of course, some have contracts that secure them a certain amount). What I mean to say is: I would love to pay and know the artist makes money from it. People dislike Hollywood Studios, Record Labels and TV Channels. But they do love the media that is displayed on them.

If media were easier to access and would give more money to the artists, we wouldnt need more government control.

If there is one thing: prosecution and punishment does not stop criminality. "Soft" laws usually work far better.
I didn't want to write this much, honestly ^^;
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Artists are the ones who will suffer no matter what happens :shrug:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
jup :B
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BaB-Jane Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Actually, the only thing I'm thinking about right now is how much effort and resources they spent in this issue in the moment whereas they should be spending all that on PROPERLY fighting and arresting REAL AND DANGEROUS threats and terrorism. Just saying...
I wonder how much money those big companies that feel threatened by all this copyright stuff gave to the US governement for those laws to pass and these actions to be taken.

Freacking imperialists... -___-"
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well said. What about the real pirates, the ones committing violence on the seas. I am far more concerned about violent criminals than financial ones. And the violent ones do less time.
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BaB-Jane Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Exactelly. But it's about money, my dear, always about money. They only do that in a financial goal and not for protection.
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: What I propose would definitely be opposed by those with pockets full of money.
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BaB-Jane Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Ah! Yes no doubt about that! And since the governments of the supposed "free" countries (I'm also talking about my own government, France, that apparently think that what the US do is best) seem not to care about people's rigts anymore, you would probably be send to jail if you dare raising your voice.
It's 2012, guys, let's go back 100 years before, yea! -____-"

(Can I throw up, please?)
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tie your hair back first. ;P Ah, but what good is freedom of speech if we are not permitted freedom to think. They'll be censoring our brains next. *sigh*
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vrupatel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww, don't feel disheartened if you aren't satisfied with your political representative, join the club. I suppose your eyes have finally opened to the bitter truth that they do not represent your interest in the least, but represent the people and corporations who funded their campaign, if not theirs then perhaps their own personal gains and interests. This evil cycle of money and power, has diseased and corrupted the democratic nations all through out the world. It truly saddens me that in their hunger for more, they forget where they've come from and become monotonous bastards. That's why during elections you aren't choosing the best candidate, but one of the lesser evils.
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, too true. I've only bothered to vote one time, and that was for Obama. Not because I believed in him, but because I was adamantly against his opponent. I have a little faith in him, now, which is strange for me as I have never felt any politician has ever represented me or had my ideals in mind.

I have very little in the way of hope that my government officials will either do as they say or have the average person's interests at heart.
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vrupatel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
See the thing with Obama is that he had promised a lot, and was trying to accomplish all that, as you can see his efforts clearly if you views his activities. But, when you as a single black solitary leader are about to hurt the majority of rich white male's in US government and otherwise, they are going to make your life a living hell. Just look at everything that has happened to him including the whole issue with birth certificate, as well as the whole making fun of his middle name, the whole idea that he's running a socialism, etc. I really do hope he gets reelected because he is going to need more than four years to even improve what Bush has fucked up, its easier to fuck up than it is to clean the mess.
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:highfive: I do plan to vote for him again. I think the turn out to vote for him was probably the biggest voting turnout ever. Hopefully, his supporters will see he is still doing everything just he is fighting a lot of opposition. People who just oppose whatever he's doing because it is him who does it. My own Mother is opposed to him because of his stance on abortion. So she is hellbent against everything he does. Despite the fact he supports the ideals she has taught me. Such as renewable energy, the importance of education, and educating people on birth control. Etc, etc.

My Mom converted to Catholicism and turned into a complete hypocrite. Nothing against the religion, but it definitely seems to be a determining factor in her current opinions. She's the one who taught me to think for myself and not as I'm told. Now she falls for every anti-Obama propaganda out there. she was definitely on the birth certificate boat. She bases all her opinions on very biased news networks, religious periodicals, which are more opinion pieces than facts. Even when faced with facts. Thankfully, my Mother doesn't vote. She is a :faint: Palin :nuu: supporter! :puke:
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vrupatel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Palin as president, at least we would have better relations with russia. >.<
Anyway, that would be the last nail in the coffin, america would be buried, not only in debt, and oil wars. To be frank, i really hate this bipartisanship we have going on right now. Nothing ever fucking gets done, because it ends up as one step forward and two steps back. They spend more energy and resources fighting each other than fighting an issue. What is more surprising is that people like palin get ahead with the beliefs that they have and their ideas and philosophies. How exactly did bush become president for eight years is fucking beyond me. He can't do anything well, not public speaking, nor governing. Started two wars and lost both, plus trillion dollars of tax payers. No no, fuck republicans, we need another democratic president.
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agree agree agree!
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vrupatel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a relief to know then that there are like minded and more importantly free thinking artists in the world today! :)
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Evlydia Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
:| I'm not satisfied with that guys answer either.
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just added an article which is a different opinion on the matter. At the bottom of this. So not satisfied. Though I do admit, my comment to him was very brief and not supported by anything at all. I figured that their offices would be receiving massive amounts of e-mails that day and I did not need to elaborate other than to state my opposition.

I understand their need to be unbiased and non-commitive on the matter. Though I would like to know the stance of my own district.
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Evlydia Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
:nod: I agree.
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