Monday, March 2, 2015

Infrastructure for Control

Now that the Federal Communications Commission is going forward with its plan to regulate the Internet, we should begin to learn how they intend to throttle the greatest free speech tool we have ever had.  Oh, you thought by the name of "net neutrality" that it was all about fairness?  Anyone who buys this Orwellian deception is in for a rude awakening.

It may be a while before we know the full impact of what the new Internet regulations will be.  But in a February 4th issue of Wired, FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler revealed their intentions when he said:
"My proposal includes a general conduct rule that can be used to stop new and novel threats to the Internet. This means the action we take will be strong enough and flexible enough not only to deal with the realities of today, but also to establish ground rules for the as yet unimagined." 

Now what do you think he means by "threats to the Internet?"  Do we need to be concerned about the Islamic State blowing up the servers at Comcast or Netflix?  More likely the threats the Obama administration has in mind are those that undermine his agenda and power. Commissioner Wheeler is saying the new regulations will enable the FCC to cause Internet Service Providers to handle network information differently based on content.  This means the FCC will be able to control content on the Internet based on what they consider to be “just and reasonable.”

Do we really want to empower the FCC to decide what is "just and reasonable" on the Internet? And in our postmodern society we have already seen that what is “just and reasonable” today will not necessarily be “just and reasonable” tomorrow.  Make no mistake, these new federal powers over the Internet will eventually be used to censor opposition to the ruling elite. All that is needed for the federal government to exercise these new powers is some state of emergency either real or fabricated.

Where are the checks and balances to stop the regular power grabs of our president?  Congressional Republicans have already said they would not pursue  impeachment which is the only counter balance to growing presidential powers. So our president is free to deliver on his promise to fundamentally change America.  The president's sycophants think this change has to be for the better because that is the way evolution has worked, right?  Such blindness to reality keeps people from seeing the slight of hand removing the freedoms that have made this country great

Generally the people in this country are oblivious to the trends going on in the world. I can understand why, they are pretty disturbing if given any serious consideration.  But, to ignore these trends is to ignore reality and thus be overwhelmed when these developments mature.

Fortunately, God is ultimately in control and restrains evil (2 Thessalonians 2:7) so the worst loss of our freedoms will not occur during the Church Age.  But we can see how the stage is being set for the Lawless One to control mankind.  This is not a good time to be on the fence about Jesus Christ. Seeing our freedoms evaporate is just one more thing that should cause us to "look up, and lift up our heads, because our redemption draws near" (Luke 21:28).

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