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What Do All These Terms Mean?

IMG_0373Have you ever just walked down the hallway and heard two people talk about something they know absolutely nothing about, or parrot news channels without any idea what certain words mean? Well, if you were curious as to what they were talking about, or want help deciphering the lingo that plagues the government, you have come to the right place.

 

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is a regulation that forces all internet companies- think At&t and Comcast- to provide the same internet to everyone. This means that companies can not block certain websites, slow down internet speed for rival companies, and force you to pay money to access certain information. Here is an example, imagine that you are driving down a highway in your car, that the internet providers are essentially the road itself, and that the shops you see along the highway are the various parts of the internet. Net Neutrality makes it illegal for the road to prevent you from going to Whataburger, making you pay to get off at a free rest stop yet make it free to get off at the rest stop run by the road, and purposefully putting down “construction” zones on the road unless you pay for premium access. The important thing to remember is that even with the Net Neutrality laws, may they rest in peace, companies are always trying to break them, meaning that with them gone nothing stops them from doing this again. The U.S. Government was forced to intervene when Comcast purposely slowed down computers that tried to download files through BitTorrent, a website used to share files. At&t was accused of essentially blocking Facetime for anyone that did not purchase their new plan. And, while not an internet provider, Google was fined by the EU for promoting their products above their competitors regardless of the popularity, thus preventing the very innovation and freedom that Ajit Pai claims is the reason for the repealment.

 

Impeachment

Impeachment is, in layman’s terms, the process in which a high official in the government is accused of committing some sort of crime in office, and is generally reserved for the President, Vice President, and Judges. While impeachment can result in this person being removed from office being impeached itself does not mean that the person is kicked out. To get impeached the person in question must have, according to the constitution, may be impeached and removed only for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Generally this means that if government official did something that breaks the laws of the United States then they are not fit to serve in the U.S. government. Examples include Bill Clinton lying under oath, Andrew Johnson being accused of abusing his presidential powers, and Alcee Hastings, a Federal judge who accepted bribes. The Impeachment process is twofold, first the House of Representatives accuses the Official of having done a crime that should result in them getting fired (this vote requires at the very least a majority of the House voting that there should be a trial). Once this has been achieved the official is now considered to have been impeached. Next is the actual trial of the person in which the Senate decides the fate of the accused with the Chief Justice of the United States acting as the judge. If two thirds of the Senate decide that the person is guilty then they can get removed from office and face criminal charges.
Collusion

Collusion is by definition “secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others”, meaning that somebody accused of collusion is in essence being accused of using underhanded tactics and deceiving the public. Acts of collusion in both politics and economics are illegal due to the Logan act and Antitrust laws respectively. Under the Logan act, it is illegal for any U.S. Citizen to talk to other countries in an attempt to influence the United States without the Countries permission, this is especially important in regards to politics. This would mean that if I went to the Iran and tried to come up with a new agreement in regards to their nuclear program, without the U.S. giving me permission I would be breaking the Law. This means that any attempt by a U.S. citizen to try and change the political atmosphere of the U.S. with the help of any other country would more or less be breaking the law. This law exists to prevent other countries from interfering with the U.S. political scene, since it could carry grave consequences. Similar to how European nations controlled the politics of their colonies though controlling who got elected, allowing foreign bodies to take an active part in the U.S. could open up to allowing the land of the free becoming the land of the puppets. The anti collusion laws aim to prevent U.S. citizens from helping these other countries from sabotaging U.S. democracy, and that is why collusion is a serious accusation.

 

I hope that I helped clear up some complicated issues for you, and that you can use this information to help educate others. Remember, if you don’t know what something means there is always someway to figure it out – don’t just take what some floating heads say for granted.

 

By Santiago Serrano

Categories: Local, World

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