The Stop Online Piracy Act of 2011
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A man is standing in front of the White House talking to an elephant and a donkey.
Hey guys. I’m thinking about running for Congress, but I’m a little confused about what the job
entails. Can you help me?
Sure. We’ve been doing this a long time and have the system worked out pretty well.
Here’s the thing. I want to get elected to represent my voters, but it seems like I’ll be passing laws
that affect the whole nation and sometimes the whole world. So how is that fair for all the people
from different states who didn’t vote for me?
We sort of have a “don’t ask. Don’t tell.” policy when it comes to that.
Don’t worry about it. What people don’t realize won’t hurt them.
What about this “S.O.P.A.” Bill that will effectively destroy free speech on the internet? That
was introduced by a congressman from Texas and has the whole world in an uproar…for good
Yeah, but the rest of the representatives in Congress could shoot the bill down…if we wanted
So the balance of power evens out in the end.
That’s a relief. So if people contact their congressmen and express their disapproval of a bill then
their congressman will have to represent their expectations?
So what happens when a person sends a letter to their congressman? Doesn’t he or she read it and
then act on the wishes of their voters?
NO. An intern reads it and either throws it away or sends a canned response back.
…and then throws the voter’s letter away.
So congressmen are under no obligation whatsoever to represent their voter’s expectations?
No. The voters can elect someone else to take their place next election cycle if their
representatives’ actions don’t incidentally meet their voters’ expectations.
So congressmen have a strong incentive to represent their voters…or to keep them in the dark.
But if the representatives never act in the interest of the voters then couldn’t the representatives
get voted out perpetually while the voters never get what they want no matter who they vote in?
You’re oversimplifying things.
In reality, the voters get a lot of what they want…and a lot of what they don’t.
Surely there’s a law that says representatives can’t go back on their campaign promises though,
Nah. That happens all the time.
Doesn’t that piss voters off?
Yeah. That’s why we groom our candidates to be as vague as possible in their campaign
When you get right down to it the voters really just have to hope their representatives…represent
It never hurts to grease the wheels with massive campaign contributions.
You can also move to Washington D.C. and become a politician yourself or become a full-time
lobbyist. And really, if you don’t do that then you have no excuse for not having your views
…unless they want a life of their own, which is what I thought government was supposed to give
them. I just don’t see how congressmen can call themselves representatives when there’s no way
to hold them accountable to their voters, especially when they’re more or less on the payroll of
campaign donors and lobbyist who are doing everything they can to buy all the influence in the
Well, it’s a good thing nobody asked you.
So what do you call a government where the people elect leaders who don’t represent their
I don’t know. Do you know what you call someone who speaks out against their leaders…
So what are you going to do? Send me to Guantanamo Bay?
No. Once we pass the S.O.P.A. bill or something like it we’ll just stop you from being able to
spread your dissenting ideas.
Now if you’ll excuse us, our lobbyists are calling.
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