Today a politician came to my school.
His name is Ted Deutch, and he just so happens to be that he is one of the politicians who introduced the lovely SOPA bill.
He asked us to list topics we thought were important, so I said I raised my hand and said, “SOPA.” He got a little flustered (I think he didn’t expect any of us simple minded teenagers to know that he co-sponsored the bill). He asked me “what about SOPA,” and I said “I don’t agree with it.” Then he asked me why and I said, “I don’t want my internet censored." Everyone one in the audience (the entire 12th and 8th grades) went, "OOOOHHHHH," while an embarrassed Mr. Deutch tried to cover up by explaining that SOPA doesn’t really censor the internet. It is trying to stop people from illegally selling medicine, drugs, and sneakers. Yes, he said SOPA was designed to stop people from illegally selling sneakers… He promised that we could come back to this subject later. Obviously we never did. He tried to avoid the topic the entire time and when it came time for us to have a mock-congress, he picked the least controversial topics for us to debate about (like environmental protection, which was the subject that I got stuck with).
At the very end, we had a question and answer session. I had two question; one about Israel, the other about SOPA. Unfortunately, he only took a few questions before he left, so my second question, “why do you support SOPA?” never got answered.
Also, it turns out that my government teacher told her 1st period class (I’m in her 2nd period class) to not ask any question about SOPA.
I was too busy exercising my first amendment rights. Also, Mr. Deutch is going to become my representative after the summer redistricting, and he said it’s his job to do what his people want. Well, I don’t want my representative proposing bills that will limit my rights, so I found the question perfectly valid and appropriate.
Sorry government teacher.