Santorum voices support for SOPA-like Internet regulation

posted at 2:50 pm on January 9, 2012 by Tina Korbe

At a campaign stop this weekend, in-the-spotlight GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he supports increased Internet regulation. According to Santorum, our rights aren’t “absolute” and stop at whatever point their exercise begins to infringe on the rights of others. Piracy represents an abuse of intellectual property rights — and that abuse should have consequences, Santorum says.

So far, so good. Everybody agrees that piracy is a problem.

But Santorum seems too ready to look to regulation for the solution to the piracy problem, suggesting that government interference might be an effective way to thwart piraters. That, to me, seems short-sighted, given that rampant piracy is at its core an indication of inferior service from legal sellers. Let actors, musicians and others whose intellectual property is routinely ripped off come up with a more effective way to serve customers and, suddenly, piracy won’t be such a problem. Take a look at the example of comedian Louis C.K. whose faith in his fan base and willingness to offer his product in an innovative manner has been richly rewarded.

Thankfully, Santorum stopped short of a full-throated endorsement of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act. (He isn’t familiar enough with provisions of that bill to have an opinion about it one way or the other, he said.) But that the first solution to piracy he can fathom involves more regulation is still troubling.

View video of Santorum’s comments here.


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Can’t we just pray the pirate away instead?

smiley on January 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Free anonymous internet use could lead to birth control.

borntoraisehogs on January 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Statist.

andy85719 on January 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

*sigh*

And he was doing so well. Second look at, uh… who is left again?

Doomberg on January 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

But of course he does.

lorien1973 on January 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Is this really surprising?

Mark1971 on January 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Moron.

Mcguyver on January 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Would a butt piracy remark in a Santorum thread be in poor taste?

Jeddite on January 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Can’t we just pray the pirate away instead?

smiley on January 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

This thread over before it started.

kunegetikos on January 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Whatever the problem, the solution is always more regulation.

Funny how that works.

lorien1973 on January 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he supports increased Internet regulation.

Is this enough to DQ him?

Abby Adams on January 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Santy is NOT a conservative. He’s a right-leaning religious statist.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

You know what he really wants to regulate, don’t you? Internet porn! Piracy is the head fake.

a capella on January 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Hollywood has resolved the issue of piracy by making movies so crappy, no one wants to steal them.

lm10001 on January 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

If this was coming from someone else it might be believable. But yoy know a President Santorum is going to wnt to regulate stuff on the internet=pornagraphy,heathen family values etc. this is why he has no chance in a general election

gerrym51 on January 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Let actors, musicians and others whose intellectual property is routinely ripped off come up with a more effective way to serve customers and, suddenly, piracy won’t be such a problem.

Actually, that’s not true. If I have a choice between paying and getting it for free, I’ll take it for free every time. Encrypt to your heart’s desire if you like, but eventually someone will break it. And when it comes to music in particular, someone can always record off the radio, convert to an MP3, and distribute it over the web.

Another fact that people don’t want to admit to when they think the market can simply handle all of this pent-up demand is that people would ever pay for any of this. In many cases, people are leeching who never would have paid even a penny to get it.

Stoic Patriot on January 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Frothy…

the_nile on January 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Its really hard to feel sorry for these content providers. They hit a homerun with a service like Netflix, which was and is ridiculously popular, and then they start asking for more and more and more until Netflix has to increase prices and reduce services. Content providers stand in the way of all new innovative delivery services and have offered not a SINGLE innovative and popular method to deliver their content. It is absolutely inconceivable why every episode of every network show isn’t online immediately upon being aired. South Park does it and they are a cable show. These content providers refuse to adapt to the times and fight tooth and nail every single innovation that can get their content to consumers easier and more conveniently.

thphilli on January 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Quite frankly I’m not sure why repulicans care about Hollywood piracy, after all its just that much less money the libs get to throw at us.

Iblis on January 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Uh Oh – not our Little Ricky? And he just getting going. Bye Bye Little Ricky.

jake-the-goose on January 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

People who inherently believe in government solutions are drawn to government service regardless of party affiliation. It’s only a question of degree.

Charlemagne on January 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Okay, let it be official now that were Santorum to somehow win the primaries, I’ll vote for Obama and drink myself into delirium afterwards. May all men and women of Iowa who voted for this pinhead never see an erection again.

Archivarix on January 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

You know what he really wants to regulate, don’t you? Internet porn! Piracy is the head fake.

a capella on January 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

+1

nathor on January 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Keep f***ing that chicken, Rick

Oh wait, that would be man-on-beast action, and therefore a direct result of the ruling in Lawrence v. Texas.

Esoteric on January 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Ugh. Been nice knowin’ ya Rick

plumorchard on January 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Rick Santorum loves BIG GOVERNMENT!!

NEWS FLASH!!!
All the gop candidates do.

PappyD61 on January 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Rick Sanctimonium knows what you should be thinking… SINNER !

M240H on January 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Liberals are such control freaks.

The Rogue Tomato on January 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

If the Movie/Music people had decided to spend the millions of dollars they have spent on lawyers and lobbying; instead on being competitive and offering up digital steaming and “netflix” like applications years before they did; they wouldn’t have this issue now.

Because they decided to keep their head in the sand and try and litigate their way out of it instead of being competitive with the pirates; they lost. They will continue to lose until such time as they find a new business model to compete.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Hollywood has resolved the issue of piracy by making movies so crappy, no one wants to steal them.

lm10001 on January 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Heh, that’s true actually. I engage in it a lot less than I used to.

Doughboy on January 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

There are far too many regulations as it is. Proposing new ones is just stupid and makes him sound as statist as the Marxist Regime.

CorporatePiggy on January 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Quite frankly I’m not sure why repulicans care about Hollywood piracy, after all its just that much less money the libs get to throw at us.

Iblis on January 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Seriously. These are the schmucks who blather about needing taxes raised on themselves and everybody else. Let’s consider piracy an alternative “tax”. Hell, conservatives should condone it.

Daikokuco on January 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM

An inch of regulation now…will be a mile… in no time.

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Oh no…. Santorum’s going to lose his movie-pirating base if he’s not careful.

RBMN on January 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Hollywood has resolved the issue of piracy by making movies so crappy, no one wants to steal them.

lm10001 on January 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

+1000

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

You know what he really wants to regulate, don’t you? Internet porn! Piracy is the head fake.

a capella on January 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Oh no not my……ugh!!! You’re probably right!!
I Hate dislike this guy now!!!

What will I do?? ;>/

coach1228 on January 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Santorum used to be my preferred candidate, but I was kind of in the Mitt camp because Santorum wasn’t lighting any fires. Now, the more I get to know him, the more I think he would be a good cabinet member, but not a good president. And I’m becoming more comfortable with Mitt. I see he said today he said he likes firing people. I wonder what it would be like if the head of a bloated bureaucracy actually liked handing out pink slips.

Oh, well. Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

rogaineguy on January 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

What did you expect from a nanny stater like Santorum?

cool breeze on January 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Oh no…. Santorum’s going to lose his movie-pirating base if he’s not careful.

RBMN on January 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I’m sure that was intended as sarcasm but the sector is pretty large. My ballpark estimate would be about half the computer-literate population. Big enough loss for ya?

Archivarix on January 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

The internet is the last vestigae liberty around, warts and all.

Santorum- I considered you before, but this is “over the line!” (Big Lebowski)

Meat Fighter on January 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

What will I do?? ;>/

coach1228 on January 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

You have 10 months to stock up just in case.

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2011/8/19/95a757ad-ed9d-4e09-81ce-92ac1afed0b5.jpg

thphilli on January 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Hollywood has resolved the issue of piracy by making movies so crappy, no one wants to steal them.

lm10001 on January 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

+1000

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Speak for yourself…..oh nooo!!!
LOL!!

coach1228 on January 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

For a BIG UNION kinda guy, why is anyone surprised?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF2604f31fQ

Kermit on January 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Thankfully, Santorum stopped short of a full-throated endorsement of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act. (He isn’t familiar enough with provisions of that bill to have an opinion about it one way or the other, he said.) But that the first solution to piracy he can fathom involves more regulation is still troubling.

My response is a combination of “oh, no” and “thank Heaven.”

Lourdes on January 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

You have 10 months to stock up just in case.

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2011/8/19/95a757ad-ed9d-4e09-81ce-92ac1afed0b5.jpg

thphilli on January 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

hahahahahahahahaha…..(now picking myself up off the floor)…good one thphilli…

coach1228 on January 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

I rest my case!

Gig Em’
Perry 2012

workingclass artist on January 9, 2012 at 3:07 PM

This is absurd. Not Santorum’s statement, but the conservative cannibalism evident on this thread. The important question is “Is piracy a crime?” If the answer is ‘Yes’, then why NOT get the government involved? WTF? This would be like conservatives condemning someone for wanting to ban abortion. I mean, yeah, its bad and it kills babies every year, but come on…your first inclination is to get the government involved? Why not let the free market solve the problem? lol

If something is illegal, the free market won’t stop it from being an out of control problem. Who wants to pay for movies or songs if they can just steal them online? I mean, really? What good is a law if no one is enforcing it?

Who cares…lets trash Santorum and open the way for Romney, a true conservative who would never want to get the government involved in stuff like this because obviously, he has principles and Santorum doesn’t. Unglaublich.

LevinFan90 on January 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Anything SOPA related, watered down, or otherwise is bad legislation. It’s bad enough the gubmint wants to create a user ID database.

Kini on January 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

It’s beginning to look like conservatives have two options, now that Cain and Bachmann are no longer in the race.

1.) A statist who leans right. (Romney, Perry, Santorum, Huntsman)

2.) Someone who would truly limit the power of federal government, but has extremely isolationist views. (Ron Paul)

Which would we prefer 4 years of? More centralized power? Or isolationism? That is the question we have to ask ourselves as we attend the primaries this year.

Nephew Sam on January 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

a capella on January 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Santorum is on a moral crusade against my entire sex life.

gyrmnix on January 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Leave the internet alone. Let Hollywood fight its own battle.

El_Terrible on January 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Wait, I know, I know…the sweater-vest could be revised to include a wearable black-out switch: consumers could run around zapping access whenever they saw pirates.

Uhhh, O.K., not such a good idea.

Lourdes on January 9, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Santorum is on a moral crusade against my entire sex life.

gyrmnix on January 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

BAAAA means no! (too easy, sorry)

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 9, 2012 at 3:11 PM

So, Romney endorser McCain who actively SPONSORED SOPA with his buddy Pelosi is a Great Protector of Privacy, while Santorum who said something vague about piracy is the Evil Censor?

Yeah, Hotair. One more step towards being a mouthpiece for everything RINO.

Masih ad-Dajjal on January 9, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Meat Fighter on January 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

As long as he doesn’t force you to roll on Shabbat.
*wink*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 3:11 PM

That’s a showstopper for me.

Not that BOTH parties aren’t in bed with those who want perpetual and invasive copyright. Copyrights are supposed to be granted for LIMITED TIME. That is in the Constitution. Originally, they lasted only 40 years. That should be more than enough time to have a monopoly on any work. But they have been extended and extended, this century they get extended EVERY TIME that Mickey Mouse and other early Disney works (from the 1930′s!) threatens to enter the public domain.

The last copyright extension act pretty much made them perpetual. And the courts have failed to find any limit in the duration that Congress can extend copyrights to, choosing to accept that “Infinity minus one minute” qualifies under the Constitution as LIMITED.

wildcat72 on January 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Santorum is in your bedroom and your laptop and your IPad and your iPhone and…

andy85719 on January 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

This issue helps represent why I support Paul. No chance he’s for this SOPA. Oh and hey – everyone watch this video which explains Paul’s foreign policy in better detail – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KiRAMvAlpQ&feature=youtu.be

(Okay, I lied, it destroys your foreign policy more than anything)

fatlibertarianinokc on January 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

OT: I’ve been stalling on walking the hour to the gym…just looked out my back window…and it’s SNOWING! Hard!
Gah.
Time to dress like a Chicago girl.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

If something is illegal, the free market won’t stop it from being an out of control problem. Who wants to pay for movies or songs if they can just steal them online? I mean, really? What good is a law if no one is enforcing it?

Because we already have a buttload of laws against computer piracy, and they obviously don’t work – not for the lack of trying, by the way. Have you got yourself acquainted with SOPA? It is not about piracy at all. It is a tool that can be used to slap down political opposition. just to think of it, HotAir – sacrilege! – can be permanently closed for one case of posted copyrighted material, and the owners will have zero recourse.

Archivarix on January 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Yeah, Hotair. One more step towards being a mouthpiece for everything RINO.

Masih ad-Dajjal on January 9, 2012 at 3:11 PM

..you’re working really, really hard at this, aren’t you? Why don’t you give it a rest.

The War Planner on January 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

This is absurd. Not Santorum’s statement, but the conservative cannibalism evident on this thread. The important question is “Is piracy a crime?” If the answer is ‘Yes’, then why NOT get the government involved? WTF? This would be like conservatives condemning someone for wanting to ban abortion. I mean, yeah, its bad and it kills babies every year, but come on…your first inclination is to get the government involved? Why not let the free market solve the problem? lol

the government is involved defending patents and tracking down offenders and prosecuting them. But pre-reguation on the internet is not the way

gerrym51 on January 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Stoic Patriot on January 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

And Study after Study, Real World Example after Real World Example Proves you are not correct, If you where services like Neflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Hulu etc etc etc would not have been a wild success.

Infact there is credible proof that Privacy has INCREASED sales for some. and no credible proof that 1 illegal download = 1 lost sale like Big Media wants everyone to believe.

Anyone that has looked in to the HISTORY knows that the Media companies always take the position of “the sky is falling” any time new technology comes out, VCR, Radio, Streaming etc etc, where all going to “Kill the Industry” and in EVERY case the industry has gone on to MAKE MORE MONEY than they did before, because they increased their Reach and variety.

The real threat from piracy is an government over reaction to it, that prevents future innovation because of fear

the_ancient on January 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Anybody but Paul. Anybody but Mitt. Anybody but…

Boodad on January 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Doesn’t surprise me, this is fairly consistent with Santorums views on the role of government. It’s of course, also the wrong position.

Anti-piracy laws in America are already reasonably strict. The only way to make them more strict would be for the government to enforce copyright in place of the companies that own the rights. While I wholly object to internet piracy, there are a number of fair uses that could be impeded if the laws were enforced in that manner. Additionally, this would effectively remove incentive for companies to offer better services.

So, yeah, mindsets like these make it hard to support the guy.

WolvenOne on January 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

This is absurd. Not Santorum’s statement, but the conservative cannibalism evident on this thread. The important question is “Is piracy a crime?” If the answer is ‘Yes’, then why NOT get the government involved? WTF? This would be like conservatives condemning someone for wanting to ban abortion. I mean, yeah, its bad and it kills babies every year, but come on…your first inclination is to get the government involved? Why not let the free market solve the problem? lol…

LevinFan90 on January 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

I agree. But the fear of government heavy-handed “permission required” before internet access runs deep in many. Thus, they’re focused on that and not on the damages done by no regulation (as if all regulation was a bad thing, or a “Hollywood-plot” to continue to ruin the public’s pleasures).

Santorum at least stopped in promoting more regulation while condemning piracy, which are, when combined, a good thing. Thus, my first comment here, above, of my response being a combination of “oh, no” and “thank Heaven”.

It’s misleading for some to place the issue of piracy solely on Hollywood, as if it was an issue to and about only Hollywood. Because it isn’t. Piracy and hacking go hand in hand and intellectual property is today among the U.S. best products — not being able to share information related on the internet from fear of competitor (hacker/pirate) theft inhibits business, it inhibits industry.

Lourdes on January 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Anybody but Paul. Anybody but Mitt. Anybody but…

Boodad on January 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Fair point.

I’m supporting Romney, since he seems to be the lesser of the electable evils. Also, I actually like him, which certainly makes holding my nose easier.

WolvenOne on January 9, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Can you imagine anyone actually DL’ing something like Pearl Harbor or The DaVinci Code?

8thAirForce on January 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Isn’t piracy already illegal?

See, this is the problem with Santorum. He believes in big government solutions. But the only government we need concerning this issue we already have. Piracy is already illegal and those who have their copyrighted material pirated have the ability to bring the law to bear against piraters or those facilitating piracy.

NotCoach on January 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vB9U2hx6Qg

Meat Fighter on January 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

The important question is “Is piracy a crime?” If the answer is ‘Yes’, then why NOT get the government involved?
LevinFan90 on January 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

No the real question would be “Is Unauthorised File Sharing Piracy” For decades Piracy was defined as the Physical Distribution of Counterfeit Goods for profit, The Big Media Companies and Associations have, IMO, incorrectly labelled unauthorised file sharing as “Piracy” but since it is in the lexicon it is probably pointless to try and reverse that

the_ancient on January 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Would a butt piracy remark in a Santorum thread be in poor taste?

Jeddite on January 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Not at all!!

Why, it sounds like a perfectly Frothy idea!!

JohnGalt23 on January 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

And some people need to remember that Santorum is an attorney. The man expresses himself in a language that isn’t street, in other words. That doesn’t mean what he says is corrupt, it just means it’s a bit above jive-a@@.

Lourdes on January 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

LevinFan90 on January 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

The real question is, is IP property?

The answer is, no. No it is not.

Regardless of one’s view on IP, SOPA is created to protect failing business models from failing.

gyrmnix on January 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

People wishcasting their desired beliefs onto candidates hardest hit.

HitNRun on January 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I truly don’t think Rick Santorum understands the concept of “less government”. Politicians like Santorum are why the Tea Party started.

ModerateMan on January 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

It’s beginning to look like conservatives have two options, now that Cain and Bachmann are no longer in the race.

1.) A statist who leans right. (Romney, Perry, Santorum, Huntsman)

2.) Someone who would truly limit the power of federal government, but has extremely isolationist views. (Ron Paul)

Which would we prefer 4 years of? More centralized power? Or isolationism? That is the question we have to ask ourselves as we attend the primaries this year.

Nephew Sam on January 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

You failed to mention the best Candidate…

NEWTRON!!! KABOOOM!!!!

coach1228 on January 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

No Intercourse and No Internet – That’s Rick Santorum!

The Nerve on January 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

See, this is the problem with Santorum. He believes in big government solutions…

NotCoach on January 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Not ALL regulation or use of government is ‘bad’ or inherently wrong. Perhaps that’s what Santorum is saying, generally, while he is also refusing to support the evil application of government such as is H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Lourdes on January 9, 2012 at 3:22 PM

I’d add that I would vote for Obama (a moot threat, because he’s in the pocket of the entertainment lobbyists and will sign the bill) before I would vote for a SOPA candidate.

Socialism tears itself apart under its own contradiction, but bi-partisan tyranny is forever.

HitNRun on January 9, 2012 at 3:22 PM

I guess my last hope is Perry but it wouldn’t bother me if it went to the convention and draft Palin.

KBird on January 9, 2012 at 3:22 PM

No Intercourse and No Internet – That’s Rick Santorum!

The Nerve on January 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

And yet the man has seven children! Amazing how that happened if your contention there is true, just amazing!

AND, he knows what the ‘internet’ is and how to use it! Really remarkable for a caveman, isn’t it?

Lourdes on January 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Santorum,
Go away. Now.

moochy on January 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Would a butt piracy remark in a Santorum thread be in poor taste?

Jeddite on January 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I laughed upon reading this, but then I remembered if Santorum were our nominee, we won’t stop hearing about gay issues. It won’t be funny then.

thuja on January 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Well under a Santorum administration any “goggle search” would have to go thought a government agent to get what results they want you to get. Not what the market has directed it to give you even if that market has been bombed and manipulated to make a person look bad.

The China’s goggle search would has more freedom or something like that. They can’t look up freedom, Tienanmen square and revolution. The left would have a field day hammering Rick S. on what would hypothetical be banned with him at the control of the internet kill switch.

tjexcite on January 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Big-government statist.

Good Lt on January 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Yeah I think his 15 minutes are about up.

gophergirl on January 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Santorum has no place in a party that espouses small / Constitutional government “Single Issue Stupidity and Rick Santorum”

imperfectamerica on January 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

And he was doing so well. Second look at, uh… who is left again?

Doomberg on January 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Gingrich and Perry. Welp, let me see if I have a coin.

Norky on January 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Oye. For a field of candidates who want to be president I have never seen any group work so hard to make themselves all unappealing in their own way.

alchemist19 on January 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Holy moly, good bye Ricky.

Aronne on January 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I guess my last hope is Perry but it wouldn’t bother me if it went to the convention and draft Palin.

KBird on January 9, 2012 at 3:22 PM

I don’t want Palin on the ticket anywhere but I’d be delighted with Jindal.
* Bobby, pick up the damn red phone…please*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Well under a Santorum administration any “goggle search” would have to go thought a government agent to get what results they want you to get…

tjexcite on January 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

That’s just not true, not true at all.

Santorum doesn’t support H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy garbage, which includes those hideous regulations you’re describing there.

AND the internet is already modulated by various “k!!! switches,” perhaps no one here is aware of that, but they do exist and are used. It’s just a case of who has the control over them — at present, it’s the IPAs who do, along with the DoD for more extreme situations.

Lourdes on January 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Major strike against Santorum. Hopefully someone will let him understand what a big mistake this was.

petefrt on January 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Fighting piracy is a losing battle. . . Piracy has existed as long as commerce has existed.

The only way to keep it at a minimum is to make sure that what you are selling is at a reasonable cost that people will actually pay.

Look what Adobe has done with their digital imaging SW- they now have a pay as you go program so that students and hobbyists can afford to buy and use their products, rather than DLing them illegally for free.

They seemed to have recognized that there was a rather large group of people who could not afford to pay $500+ for digital imaging SW, but had a desire to use said SW to produce art. So by offering a cheaper alternative to this group, they probably have reduced the amount of people pirating Photoshop etc via bit torrents.

Companies need to get smart, not rely on gov’t regulations. I’m pretty sure regulations drive more people into piracy and the black market.

cmsciulli on January 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

By “piracy,” I believe MOST on the Right — at least as to the current GOP candidates — are referring to the threat from China and certain .ru-iskies.

Meanwhile, the Libertarians here are scrambling to circle their barkoloungers around their Right To P0rnn.

Lourdes on January 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

You have 10 months to stock up just in case.

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2011/8/19/95a757ad-ed9d-4e09-81ce-92ac1afed0b5.jpg

thphilli on January 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Wouldn’t it be ironic if internet pron is what sunk Santorum?

No more nanny staters. I can see Santorum teaming up with the feminists on this one.

Bill C on January 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

It’s beginning to look like conservatives have two options, now that Cain and Bachmann are no longer in the race.

1.) A statist who leans right. (Romney, Perry, Santorum, Huntsman)

2.) Someone who would truly limit the power of federal government, but has extremely isolationist views. (Ron Paul)

Which would we prefer 4 years of? More centralized power? Or isolationism? That is the question we have to ask ourselves as we attend the primaries this year.

Nephew Sam on January 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

The best summary of the situation I’ve seen in this entire campaign.

Shump on January 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Would a butt piracy remark in a Santorum thread be in poor taste?

No, but a butt privacy remark would be right up his alley.

Godzilla on January 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

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