Shouldn’t someone ask Donald Trump what he thinks about transferring control of the internet to ICANN? I mean, this is one of the most vital issues of our time – far more to the point that either Muslim immigrants, climate “change” or Hillary’s health problems. It affects each and every one of us.
Some of us need the internet for our small business. Some need it to shop. Some need it to communicate their ideas. Some need it to have access to actual news. And some need it for school. We want to hear others’ opinions; we want to know what is happening around the world in a timely manner. As a people who are responsible for governing ourselves and electing the best candidates to serve us in office, as a nation who should resume our place as a world leader, and as a bastion of freedom, we need the internet. We didn’t thirty years ago. We had television, print media, and radio. We did the best we could. But, we live in 2016 now, the age of internet communication. For the same reason we need clean water and electricity we need the internet – it is today’s forum, today’s marketplace, today’s post office.
So far all we really know for sure about Trump’s thinking on the 1st Amendment is that only “foolish people” believe in it (which should be enough right there to disqualify him), and that his response to ISIS recruiters is to “shut down the internet in some way,” “go see Bill Gates” about it.
To Trump freedom is a bad thing. He staked that position out last December, so he’s probably changed positions many times since then. We know also his opinion about those who speak out against Islam – he had the same words of wisdom for Pam Geller and the “Draw Mohammed” contest. Trump is closer to ISIS and the Caliphate, really, than he is to the founders of our Republic when you think about it. But let’s give “Spinner” Trump another chance to answer.
We also have the 1st Amendment. ICANN doesn’t. ICANN is a quasi-private non-profit corporation with members from many nations, many of them not known for freedom of expression and many of them better known for executing those who express divergent opinions; who dissent.
Remember Tiananmen Square? Well, it’s not that far ideologically from Red Square. It’s not that far from Tehran, either. It’s not far from ICANN when that corporation is run by these people. In fact, someone should ask Trump if he knows what ICANN is and why it is important this week.
This week will be the last we have of American control of internet traffic and the last week the internet will fall under American law and the 1st Amendment. If he knows about it he should have a position on it. If he doesn’t, he’s not a serious candidate for president, regardless of any other issues. If he knows about it and doesn’t care about it taking control of internet functions, then he needs to be dumped yesterday.
We know where Congressman Sean Duffy stands. We know where Ted Cruz stands. We need to demand to know where our own congressmen and senators stand and we need to know where Clinton and Trump stand. Frankly, if Clinton were to support retaining American control of the internet and Trump doesn’t, there is a real reason to support Clinton – if you are looking for one.
There are a lot of reasons to oppose Donald Trump. If he stands up for American control of the internet and is able to get Ivanka on board, then he deserves a second look. But it will have to be fast. So far we’ve heard nothing from his corner. And the hour is late. It is late in September. In less than two weeks it will be all over.
Will we still have freedom of our internet? Or will its days be numbered? Those who will take control are already considering where to move ICANN – will it be Finland? That’s under consideration. Will it be Beijing? Moscow? Maybe Scandinavia? We already know they don’t value free speech. No other nation on earth has a 1st Amendment to protect this.
If the people running for president are not held to account for some kind of position on this they are worthless. When a people loses freedom of expression and freedom to access information and opinion, freedom itself is lost.
Please, someone, ask our Presidential candidates where they stand… while it still matters!