What are WE doing about it?
As an American, I am unhappy with my Government's position on internet poker. Beyond that, I am further dismayed that the reasons they oppose internet poker could be changed if the right amount of money reaches the right pockets. We have corruption in our government, only we call it campaign finance.
Some of our elected leaders are trying to change things. They see the potential benefits in the gaming industry, as well as potential tax revenue. Furthest from their minds are the individual liberties of the people. So what can we do?
As an individual, your voice is not a very loud one. As a group, it gets a little louder. One thing players can do is get on board with the PPA's daily action plan, which comprises mostly using social media to try to get our voices heard. I laud them for the efforts, but I find that to be mostly fluff. Elected officials do not seem to listen to the will of the people. As for the PPA, their focus is in my view a bit misguided and lacking any real promise for results. So what can we do?
Twenty-five States in this Union have a ballot-initiative or referendum process, by which the citizens themselves can effect change in the laws that govern them. We as players should be taking advantage of this opportunity in each of these states to enact real sensible laws that give us a safe and legal environment in which to play the game.
It's easy to just complain about the loss of our right to play the game, but if that is all we do, then we have ceded those rights voluntarily. A government of, by, and for the people, requires that those people get up and work towards real change. If we accept the decisions of our elected officials as final, then we have absolutely nothing to complain about, and it's game over.
But it doesn't have to be that way. I encourage everyone to look at the law in your State, and see if there is a process by which it can be changed. Then find a way to change it. Use social media to gather support from all of the players in your State. Scream at the PPA to help us effect change at the State level. They have resources that are invaluable. They have contacts of thousands of players in every State. We need to mobilize the players and march them in the right direction.
We can change things, we just have to get out of the chair and do it.