GOP Advocates A Total Ban on Internet Gaming

For online bingo and poker players in the United States this year’s elections are probably the most important since the invention of online gaming. The Republican Party issued its political platform during the convention which included a statement calling for a total ban on internet bingo, poker and other casino gaming. By including the prohibitionist language the GOP once again catered to far right extremists who want to control the personal aspects of the lives of citizens. It is telling that parts of the party’s platform were written by a hate group known as the Family Research Council.

The latest salvo in the ‘culture wars’ appears in the section of the Platform titled “Renewing American Values” is in the section called “Making the Internet Family Friendly.” Essentially a ‘family friendly’ internet would be a highly censored internet. The part of the plank dealing with internet gaming reads as follows; “Millions of Americans suffer from problem or pathological gambling that can destroy families. We support the prohibition of gambling over the Internet and call for reversal of the Justice Department’s decision distorting the formerly accepted meaning of the Wire Act that could open the door to Internet betting. The Internet must be made safe for children. We call on service providers to exercise due care to ensure that the Internet cannot become a safe haven for predators while respecting First Amendment rights. We congratulate the social networking sites that bar known sex offenders from participation. We urge active prosecution against child pornography, which is closely linked to the horrors of human trafficking. Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.”

The association between online gaming and pornography is hard for most people to understand. How the authors made this connection is anybody’s guess. The platform’s language actually goes against the positions of many GOP politicians. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, who addressed the GOP convention, stated “We’re not going to agree on everything. Nevada has always set the gold standard in gaming, and online gaming is the next frontier for the industry. Our state supports online poker and will continue to work to ensure a secure online gaming environment.”

Internet poker proponents worry that the plank’s language could undermine current bipartisan efforts to legalize internet poker at the federal level. The legalization effort includes a resolution authored by Texas Republican Joe Barton. John Pappas, executive director of the Washington D.C.-based Poker Players Alliance stated “The 2012 GOP platform on Internet gambling is grossly out of touch with the opinions of the party’s own elected officials. Instead of broad political statements, now more than ever, Americans expect Congress to finally put the political posturing aside.” For online bingo players and gamblers this year’s elections are critical. Hopefully they will choose wisely when they go to the polls.

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