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We all know that the moment you use "Hitler", "Nazis" or "Fascism" in an argument, you lose. This is Godwin's Law.
Is there a term that can be applied to Law Making that says that any time a politician uses "Child Abuse", "Paedophiles" or "Protecting Our Children" as an excuse to draft a law relating to invasion of privacy, then that law is automatically suspect?
"Home Secretary Theresa May said the proposed surveillance law would "save lives" and help cops catch more paedophiles and terrorists."
No, that is the excuses they are using to implement a law that allows the government to read our private emails, record what websites we visit and intrude upon our private lives.
Now, I am not saying this government would use it for evil purposes, nor the next, but there is no guarantee that some future leadership would not misuse it.
[Caution Godwin's Law Abuse] Imagine if, in 1900, Germany had the ability to register everybody's DNA, initially for 'Crime Detection', how much easier would it have been for the Nazis to single out the Jews? The law may have been drafted for one reason, but the information would then have been used for such a terrible thing.
We should resist any government from monitoring us, and we should not give up our freedoms, and should always reject snooping laws that are created using the bromide of "Child Protection".
--------------------------------- I will never again mention that I was the poster of the One Millionth Lounge Post, nor that it was complete drivel. Dalek Dave
First, the politicians don't give a rat's ass about your kid. We'd be better off if people would get their heads around that fact. If your kid was on a street corner with a tin cup and no shoes the politician and his/her limo wouldn't even notice as they slid by - so do us all a favor and don't buy that horse sh*t. The impassioned pleas from the podium are acting, and not even good acting at that.
Second, the absolute best protection for a kid is an involved parent. Treat everyone who gets near your kid as a criminal - your number one job is to protect your kid and do so without apology. When my girls were young I didn't allow them to stay at other people's houses - I don't care if I knew the couple of work/church or whatever. If a sleep over were to occur, it happened in my home. End of story. People didn't like it - tough - it's my job to protect my kid.
This is simple stuff. Politicians make it complicated because the only way they can sell stuff is by making things too confusing to find the errors.
1: Decide that you want to get something done. For example, let's say I want to get Dalek Dave banned from the CP forums because he has more reputation points than myself and I find it annoying. Of course, I cannot sell the idea that he should be banned for such a flimsy reason so I have to come up with some other reason.
2: As it turns out, I knew a guy in High School who was a racist. This guy's name was 'Dave'. No this guy has absolutely no relationship to Dalek Dave but that isn't required. I contact a few friends and start a rumor campaign that 'Dave' is actually a racist forum handle. Soon people are wondering how Dalek Dave could be so insensitive.
3: Eventually someone asks Dalek Dave on the forum about his racist forum handle - at this point, the ball is in Dave's court but the end is already assured by virtue of the fact that someone asked the question. Dave is going to make a big mistake - he'll try to use logic to answer the objections which will end up making him look like a heartless prick.
4: At this point I'll chime in with "Doesn't anyone on this forum care about people of race [fill in the blank]?" About 1,000 people who've run their whole lives off emotion will fall over themselves to voice support for the permanent removal of Dave from the forums. There will be candlelight vigils, crying women of Oprah, a congressional investigation, etc.
5: If voting is turned on I'll post a self-righteous bit of nonsense about how pleased I am that the people at CP take racism seriously. It would get between 10K-15K of points as the crowd of brainwashed bots re-affirm the execution of Dave by shouting AMEN to every proclaimation of their resident watch dog.
6: Dave enlists the help of John Simmons and they hunt down MehGerbil in real life and use his corpse for target practice out in a field somewhere.
7: A granite statue to erected to MehGerbil. The inscription reads: "In Memory of the brave sacrifice of this dear fellow in his fight against the evil of DAVE".
8: Later, politicians quote me in additional witch hunts, ascribing to me things I never said.