Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or Large in Number'

January 4, 2012 -

Speaking to political publication Roll Call, SOPA sponsor and House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) took shots earlier this week at critics of the bill that has gained as much bi-partisan opposition as it has support.

"The criticism of this bill is completely hypothetical; none of it is based in reality," Smith said in a statement to Roll Call. "Not one of the critics was able to point to any language in the bill that would in any way harm the Internet. Their accusations are simply not supported by any facts."

When asked about online opposition to the bill from places such as Reddit, Smith was quite dismissive.

"It’s a vocal minority, he said. "Because they’re strident doesn’t mean they’re either legitimate or large in number. One, they need to read the language. Show me the language. There’s nothing they can point to that does what they say it does do. I think their fears are unfounded."

On support from colleagues on his side of the aisle Smith said that the "most important thing [is], they haven’t told me not to go forward. I’m expecting support."

Anyone that watched the markup sessions noted that many members from both sides of the aisle were not happy with the fact that committee did not spend enough time consulting experts before moving to mark up the legislation.

"It’s time to pull the nerds in," Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said.

"There’s an opportunity to negotiate, even big bills like this, before the markup commences. And your chances of being successful are greater in those negotiations than they are in the open debate," Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said.

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), a staunch critic of the bill in its current form, said the intense criticism of the bill was the result of the short amount of time the committee had to deal with the issue.

"We’ve had controversy over bills before that are dealing with a comprehensive topic, but we’ve always had more time to deal with them, so that the kinds of large differences that you see laid out here have been taken care of in the past," Lungren said.

Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), the boldest critic of the bill, has made the markup process difficult, alongside Lungren and others. Recently Issa changed his Facebook profile picture a black box with "censored" in white letters to protest the bill.

Source: Roll Call

 


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Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

So, let me get this straight...

 

Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay are not legitimate?

 

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Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

Where are all the (R) of those opposing it? GP is once more one sided! What is that? They're (nearly) all there? Oh well, guess whomever thinks that must be imagining things then...

(No, seriously, you forgot the R for Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) ^^ )

Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

He should have just come out and said it.

 

"We're being paid by powerful people to pass this and then for us ot look the other way, people who matter more than you"

 

I think part of the problem is that once they serve office so much as once, they're set for life.

Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

"The criticism of this bill is completely hypothetical; none of it is based in reality..."

The true problem is that the bill itself isn't based in reality!

 


Ruger is coming out with a new and intimidating pistol in honor of Senators and Congressmen.  It will be named "The Politician."  It doesn't work and you can't fire it!

Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

Is it 'The opposing members do don't have the numbers' or 'The opposing members do not have same amount of money to throw around as the people supporting the bill'. Makes me think of the list of people and companies who donated money. The price of buying a politician. 

 - W

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

So he says that those who are opposing this bill either don't exist or aren't as numerous as they say they are.

Right.  What planet is he living on?

The good news is that support for this bill is steadily eroding.  Some of the bigger names as previously reported are withdrawing support (as are several law firms).  What once seemed like an unstoppable juggernaut has been cut down to size, and more and more are standing up to oppose it as word has gotten out.  I remain cautiously optimistic.

Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

Maybe if they let some of the critics actually speak in front of Congress about the bill...

Oh, wait, that would then actually force these morons to actually LISTEN to individuals for once, rather than just their corporate overlords.

Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

I was hoping that with everyone in Washington going into election mode they would forget about SOPA and we could potentially have this debate at a later time, but I'm beginning to think this might come up sooner than I thought.

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Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

usually thats how they get these bills passed actually.

they'll wait for something to happen that'll distract the public and then slam these bills through without hardly a glance at it.

its how they got the patriot bill passed, and despite many that voted for it claiming they wouldn't have if they'd actually read it (they actually admitted not reading it) they also never attempted to repeal, so yeah.. politicians in action.

tbh i'm amazed they didn't wait till election month to secretly slip SOPA by.

Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

That could work with us, if theyre worried about their jobs because they support sopa well then...

 

Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

"Not one of the critics was able to point to any language in the bill that would in any way harm the Internet. Their accusations are simply not supported by any facts."

There's this wonderful thing out there called the Internet.  You should check it out.

"There’s nothing they can point to that does what they say it does do."

That's mostly because the problems with the bill are not what it says, but what it doesn't say.

Dipstick.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

Another bill from an old man who doesn't understand what he's attacking

Re: Smith Says Reddit SOPA Protestors are 'Not Legitimate or ...

EXACTLY!!!!

Old political corporate shills are corporate and old. I'm 43 and I can't even relate to what this gasbag is pushing.

 
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