Net Neutrality & Those Who Represent Us

The holidays are upon us! This is the busiest time of year and I want to thank those who are able to take a moment and read this post. Since I know you all have plenty of other things to do, I’ll keep it short today and cut directly to the matter at hand…

Amid the countless social, political, and financial issues we face in our so-called “developed” nation, arose a debate among the elite about whether or not to remove Obama-era regulations known as Net Neutrality. Despite strong support for upholding the regulations from the majority of the public and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, the FCC voted 3-2 to remove them.

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Instead of discussing our point of view on the matter (we do not agree with the FCC’s decision) or the implications it might have on our society, we wanted to address another issue with their decision.

We, the citizens of the United States, are part of a democracy that allows us to elect officials to represent us and advocate for the needs of the general population. Regardless of who holds government offices, they are chosen to serve us and our best interests, even if there are some disagreements about the correct way to govern our society.

One of our grievances with the FCC’s decision is that, right or wrong, they did not listen to the will of the people. Sure, they weren’t elected into those positions, but they were appointed by our current Commander-in-Chief who is supposed to be a servant to public needs/wants and should select personnel based on our interests. It would seem that the FCC chose to represent the few (corporations & the rich), rather than the majority which indirectly implies that the President shares in their priorities & motives instead of ours.

The citizens spoke, but those in charge ignored their voices.

An overwhelming majority of people supported the Net Neutrality rules, yet our leaders–the President and his appointees–chose to do the opposite of what we elected them to do: represent majority public opinion.

It unsettles us here at Short Life Long Road that this would happen in our democratic society (we are well aware that this has been a trend of those in positions of power, but this happens to be a good and recent example). It makes us feel we have no control and causes us to doubt the intentions of all who have power in this country.

So with that said, no matter what side we vote for in the future, we must consider who they are really going to represent and how good of a listener they are going to be. Otherwise, we get decisions that go against the mutual desires of you and me and that is unacceptable.

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