America Must Keep Control of the Internet


American control of the Internet has kept the Web free, not only for us, but for the entire world. And it’s up to us to keep it that way. As Ronald Reagan said during the great Panama Canal controversy in the 1970s, “We bought it. We built it. We paid for it. We intend to keep it.” Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate ratified a treaty to give away our Panama Canal. But angry voters defeated two dozen Senators who voted for that treaty and induced eight more to retire. So when Reagan was elected president in 1980 he was supported by a new Republican Senate.

President Obama tried to hide the news of his abandonment of our control of the Internet by having an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Commerce issue a low-key press release in those late Friday afternoon hours where embarrassing news is often buried.

I hope we will soon have a President who is smart enough to follow Ronald Reagan’s example. We need a leader who will protect and defend America’s control of the Web, which is a prime example of America’s technological exceptionalism.

The U.S. created what is called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and has kept control over the technical procedures that allow computers around the world to connect to Web addresses. This ensures that the Internet runs efficiently without political pressure from any country. Now Obama wants to give ICANN away and even invite Communist China and Russia to help us police the Internet. That’s like telling the fox to guard the chicken coop, because those countries don’t believe in free speech and don’t even allow their own people to have free access to the Internet.

That could be the most dangerous use yet of Obama’s now-famous pen. Tell your U.S. Senator America must keep control of the Internet.

The Moral Liberal recommends: Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman’s Crusade (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America)

Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.

Used with the permission of Eagle Forum.