Dear Senator Udall,

  I’m writing in regards to the upcoming legislation on January 24th 2012 regarding SOPA and PIPA. I believe both of these Bills to be an infringement of not only our Constitution, and Freedom of Speech, but of our Civil Liberties as Americans.

  You yourself speak strongly on our civil liberties and privacy as Americans. I hope you don’t mind, I’ve quoted your homepage, “I believe we can protect our nation while upholding the values that make America a beacon of hope to people around the world.  America is strong because we are a nation of inherent freedoms and just laws.  I will always fight to ensure that our civil liberties remain intact and that all Americans be treated equally under the law.”

   I fully agree with this statement, and so do many New Mexicans, as well as Americans in every state, and although this was said in reference to the Patriot Act, I believe it is relevant here and now in this situation. We want to see you back it up, and represent us, our voice, not the voice of money, and mainstream media.

  I know you value internet as much as the rest of us. I’ve taken the liberty of quoting your homepage here again, “Once the world leader in Internet access, today the United States doesn’t even rank in the top 15 nations.  We need to restore our nation’s leadership in broadband.  It has become so vital to the way we work and live that broadband should be considered a basic utility, not a luxury item.  Unfortunately for many, particularly those in rural areas, this just isn’t the case.  I support rolling out broadband in the same way that we built power lines across rural America in the 1930s and 1940s.  We also need to find ways to make broadband affordable and accessible in areas where it is already available.  Getting online to do homework, submit a job application, or research an interesting topic should be quick, easy and inexpensive for all Americans.”

  These two Bills are in absolute opposition of this belief and will destroy the internet as we know it.

  I’ve heard the argument that Europe is doing this, China is doing this, The Middle East is doing this, and that it’s a good idea. Since when does the United States of America look to any part of Europe for help in law making? We have been forerunners in freedom, and new ideas in governing since the dawn of our country. Are we really willing and ready to take a huge step backwards? And this is just a beginning, if we pass these SOPA and PIPA Bills, what’s next? There are a myriad of Bills and legislation just waiting for an open door like this. This is a bold move that deserves a bold response. The everyday people of New Mexico and America alike say, “NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT!” and we want you to do the same.

  Thank You, Senator for your time and attention to this matter.

  Best Regards, Aimee Maxwell of Silver City New Mexico