I read an article over the weekend that really pissed me off, allow me to share...
The Poker Players Alliance, of which I am a proud member myself and suggest any serious player should be, has been aggressive against the republicans who are anti-online gaming and have this view reflected directly in their party's platform.
Shockingly enough, they decided last week to remove this language from their platform though, apparently making a 180 degree turn in the other direction.
They must be getting disparate at this point. They must have decided that pandering to each and every demographic would be necessary to gain any kind of an edge.
Do anything; say anything.
But it doesn't end there. Only two days later, presumably due to pressure from their moralist base, they reversed their decision again, now saying: "Millions of Americans suffer from problem or pathological gambling that can destroy families...We support legislation prohibiting gambling over the Internet."
Ah, the moral police. Who needs personal freedom anyway. Least of all from a party build on supposed 'small government.'
It is clear to me that the Republicans are intent on controlling the lives of Americans in an effort to conform free people to their own beliefs of distorted moralities and outrageously hypocritical standards. I have grown tired of the blatant pandering and lack of tact or humility in using an issue - any issue, as rope to pull in and attempt political foolery on each and every demographic of society they think they can con.
Keep in mind, the democrats have been clear:
Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) introduced HR 2610, the Skill Game Protection Act, which would legalize Internet poker, bridge, chess, and other games of skill.*
Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced H.R. 2607, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act. IGRTEA would legislate Internet gambling tax collection requirements.*
The House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Barney Frank (D-MA), held a hearing entitled, "Can Internet Gambling Be Effectively Regulated to Protect Consumers and the Payments System" where expert witnesses at the hearing testified that Internet gambling can be effectively regulated for age verification, money laundering issues, facilitation of state and federal tax collection, and for issues relating to compulsive gambling.*
No one should have the authority to tell a person how to choose the way they spend their time, wealth, or life in a free nation. Don't speak to me about moral implications if you would be so 'immoral' to support a government that would dare regulate these personal liberties.
141 days and counting...January 20th can't come quick enough.
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