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If you have any doubt that the industry of Politics attracts to it those of the least moral character and lowest intellectual capacity, I give you Senator Ted Stevens, Republican from Alaska:
I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.
A man can be forgiven for not understanding the basics of the internet and e-mail, let alone the technical minutia, but the same cannot be said for his failure to either educate or recuse himself. The attempt to cast his purely political decision as a reasoned conclusion by attempting to explain it to the rest of us only further diminishes his standing.

He's not qualified to participate in this decision, and I'd venture a guess that not more congresmen than can be counted on one hand are even remotely so. It is guaranteed that whatever the result of the net neutrality congressional meddling is, it will not be rationally arrived at, and will approximate any objectively correct result only through merest coincidence.

The same is true of any "debate" in congress - it is taken up by those in our society least capable of it. The dynamics of natural selection in the political process favor those least likely to think before acting, those most concerned about their personal ambition and immediate gain to the detriment of all else when they do think, and those least hampered by moral restraint on their actions. I've asked it before, and still cannot fathom the answer: Why would any rational person leave important decisions about their own well-being in the hands of such people?

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