GOP Platform Includes Total Online Gambling Ban

When online bingo players in the United States go to the polls this November they have a very important decision to make. The upcoming election could determine the fate and freedom of online bingo players to enjoy their games in the privacy of their own homes. Under the guise of making the internet “family friendly” the GOP has inserted language into the party’s platform that calls for a total ban on internet gambling. Amazingly the authors of this section of the party’s plank have managed to equate online bingo with gambling ‘addiction,’ child pornography and plain old vanilla pornography! It would appear that ‘family friendly’ is a code phrase for heavily censored.

Here is the text from the GOP’s party platform regarding internet gaming; “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.”

Unfortunately the platform has doomed bipartisan efforts to legalize and regulate poker at the federal level. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl ® had hoped to garner support from their respective parties to pass an internet poker bill but the possibility of GOP support is now zero. Currently the best hope for American online bingo and poker players is state by state legalization. It should be noted that a new Republican administration would have the power to unleash the department of justice on any and all online gambling sites doing business in the US. In that case federal law would override any state laws regarding online gaming.

If a new right wing administration takes office next January it could mean the end of all internet bingo and gaming in the US. For a party that claims to be for ‘less government’ this section of their plank reeks of hypocrisy.