85 Percent Oppose Congressional Efforts to Ban Online Gaming

by Lou on March 22, 2006

While some politicians are making political capital by seeking an outright ban of online gaming, our closest ally, the United Kingdom recently drafted a new legislation to regulate and legalize it, which I believe is the way to go.

Recently a poll taken by the Wall Street Journal about the possible ban of internet gambling shows that the vast majority of Americans — eight-five percent, to be exact — oppose congressional efforts to ban online gaming. That’s a landslide in the polling business. Eight five percent on any single side of an issue is an overwhelming number.

The level of hypocrisy is astounding, even for Congress. While our elected officials are fighting online gaming and couching the need to ban it as a “moral issue,” they simultaneously stand in support of Indian casinos and in granting exemptions in their own legislation for horse racing and fantasy sports leagues.

This kind of legislation puts the government in position to become a decision-maker on behalf of its citizens. I(f they are given this power, what would prevent them from regulating what we can watch on TV, in the movies, or even buy at the grocery store. This is certainly not the America Thomas Jefferson envisioned. His view of liberty was a free society in which citizens have the right to make decisions that affect their lives, and are responsible for the consequences of their actions.

The “Nanny Society” that these laws seek to bring about erodes our freedom in a multitude of ways. If we were thinking systemically, we would all march in the streets until every sumptuary law (regulation on religious or moral grounds, usually taken to mean “victimless crimes” involving consenting adults) on the books has been overturned. But I’ll settle for attacking the symptoms right here and right now, and so should you. We all need to put in the time and effort to ensure that the freedom-eroding, conduct controlling, free-will eliding legislation sponsored by Kyl, Leach and Goodlatte is never enacted into law.

You can preserve your individual freedom simply by contacting your congressmen and senators and expressing your concern about this legislation. Today it’s online gaming. Tomorrow it could be significantly worse.

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