So Hollywood and its cronies are trying again, and this time they have done the most basic and ham-fisted of rewrites in order to try to pass the exact same solution that was so roundly despised the first time. All they did was change the words. And this is why writing, and writers, are so valuable. It is what gives them power. The old cliche about the pen being mightier than the sword? Well, Jack Bauer can kill a guy with a pen, but a politician can kill thousands. Not only can they kill them directly, through orders to war or execution, but indirectly through policies and legislation and the law of (allegedly) unintended consequences. Stand Your Ground laws are a controversial collection of words that have given license to citizens in states across the US to shoot to kill when confronted with somebody they are afraid of. The egregious example in Florida of the Trayvon Martin shooting obviously springs to mind, but while it was the letter of the law that gave license to the actions of the shooter, or at least to the actions of the police who shrugged their shoulders over the incident, it was also the words of the democratised media and the outraged public at its helm that forced the Department of Justice to respond.
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can have far greater consequences than that. When writing anything, never forget that power you hold literally in the palm of your hand. I've always said that writing is like being a god, and CISPA proves it - with a little creative writing you can bring the dead back to life.
Now here it is, your moment of zen: