Could we, possibly, start voting out politicians who introduce legislation that has no connection to reality?
Tim Couch, a representative in Kentucky, has introduced legislation to ban anonymous posting on the Internet, according to news reports. I can’t find the text of the law, (why oh why don’t news sites include this sort of information?) so I’m not 100% certain that he’s a complete idiot, but it seems pretty likely.
This is constitutionally suspect, completely unenforceable, and just generally seems like a magic pixie dust bit of legislation intended primarily to enable Mr. Couch to boast to his constituents that he’s trying to cut down on aberrant behavior on the Internet. He’ll get better results by standing on his front porch with his eyes squeezed shut and chanting over and over again, “Please don’t be jackasses on the Internet. Please don’t be jackasses on the Internet.”
Open comment to legislators: Can you PLEASE stop wasting time on this nonsense? Can you all just go and take a couple of classes at DeVry or your local community college, for crying out loud, and learn how computers work? Interview some expert before introducing such laughable legislation? Is competency really so unattainable?