Saturday, September 15, 2012

Too big to control companies.

Google is easily my favorite company. Who could argue with their tremendous success. I use their product, support their business model, and cheer the good effects they have all over. Google may be Americas best company. America has quite a few great companies. See this article in the Washington Post It talks  about Google's decision to manage blocking access of Muslim countries to the Youtube Video that has irritated Muslim's across the globe.
We should not be mixing private companies and the companies rights to free speech, with the free speech rights that each American receives from God or government. People are not companies. Companies are not human beings. Companies have business plans that often interfere with the agenda of the US. If you feel you are an American, if through many means you qualify as an American, then you must understand your responsibility to our government. Our government first, our companies second. Free speech is a right we get from our government.
Here's the problem. The Internet does not belong to America. People of all ages (congress, US SCOTUS) need to understand this. I am quite sure folks at Google do truly get this point. But folks at Google do not speak for the US. Google is subject to US law. Now I am only stating the problem. This problem shows up in multinational companies in many different ways. We could change focus and talk about British Petroleum. They are subject to US Laws when they operate here I suppose. They have a huge stake in the US. They are not a human being. They are were not legally formed or started in the US.
The US Government needs to make decisions and control content that potentially can hurt US Government interests. Even if it conflicts with Google. Google should cooperate with the US Government wishes. Not evaluate if their rights of free speech have been violated. We have too big to fail banks. We do not need too big to control companies.

“The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.”
― Thomas Jefferson

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