Lamar Smith Can't Hear You

Here's ChadRocco's Lamar Smith anti-election poster, in honor of the congressman's advocacy for the net-killing Stop Online Piracy Act and his blithe dismissal of the bill's critics.

Meet Lamar Smith, representative from Texas, and Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary. As Chairman he can kill any bill he doesn't like by denying it a hearing while giving priority to the bills he wants to pass, Like SOPA. While addressing the massive outcry over SOPA he stated that:

“It’s a vocal minority. Because they’re strident doesn’t mean they’re either legitimate or large in number. One, they need to read the language. Show me the language. There’s nothing they can point to that does what they say it does do. I think their fears are unfounded.”

Above is a list of people that have pointed at the language, including law professors and computer experts. You have a civil war among video game companies, and the successful boycott of a company. How do you ignore that? It's an election year. This November. Whatever happens, Texas, please kick this guy out of office.

SOPA- I CAN'T HEAR YOU (Thanks, Melted Crayons!)


  1. Good luck. His ridiculously gerrymandered district has a PVI of R+14. Before Texans can actually choose their representatives, they’ll have to stop partisan redistricting.

      1.  Pretty typical in Texas. Notice how urban voters in San Antonio and liberal voters in Austin’s northern suburbs  get diluted by a huge rural area. Pretty common in most urban areas of Texas. I think there are only four US congressional districts in Texas  that consist almost entirely of urban area. With less gerrymandering there could easily be many more urban districts, but then more Democrats would be elected, most likely of browner hues.

        BTW, I notice that Smith’s Austin office is on Bee Caves Road. I believe that is the area were Office Space was filmed.

  2. It’s not that he can’t hear you, it’s that you aren’t paying him enough to hear you.  He’s getting boatloads of cash directly from the entertainment industry to pass this bill, and if it passes he is guaranteed a lucrative post-congress career either working or lobbying for the entertainment industry.  Why would he listen to a bunch of worthless rabble like us when he stands to gain so much financially by obeying his corporate masters?

  3. I hate the double standard: “It’s a vocal minority. Because they’re strident doesn’t mean they’re either legitimate or large in number.” would apply just as well to the tea party but you don’t see anyone ignoring their cries.

    1. And just how small is the vocal minority that convinced you to push the bill in the first place, Mr. Smith?

    2. I guess it’s time to hold a few rallies where we all dress in our flag-wear with our visibly holstered guns and hold up misspelled, Godwinning signs.
      In other words, the opposition is large, but not nearly obnoxious enough.

  4. Share everywhere folks. This is the face of the modern corporate puppet in washington.

    Granted his leash holders are probably banking on us not finding out who THEY are and if this guy gets voted out they lose a puppet (and gain a lobbiest.)

    Boycotte everyone on the pro-sopa list.

  5. This *is* the same Texas that elected Shrub and Perry as governors, and that red-shirts junior high school-age football players.   And you think they’ll run this pondscum out of office?  

    1.  He’s in the same party and state as Ron Paul. As far as I know, Rep. Smith and Rep. Paul only agree on immigration. If we add in Dubya, we get three politicians in the same party and same state who, among them, agree on absolutely nothing.

  6. I live in Texas. We used to be Democratic. Conservative   yes true but still….
    On the other hand, I live in Austin. The legislators hate us. We be the blue dot in the big red state.

  7. Has anyone declared that they are going to run against him either in the Republican primary or in the general election? At this point, I’d be willing to give money to both. 

    1. I have much more positive word on this.  Sheriff Richard Mack who is a well known pro-liberty activist is challenging Smith in the Republican primary – and with his district he has to be beaten in the primary.   It makes much more sense to support Sheriff Mack than to support a Democrat challenger who cannot win.   You can find out more about him at

      And SOPA only scratches the surface of the terrible bills Smith has passed and the great harm he has done to the nation. His powerful position in the judiciary committee has let him kill many positive bills and here are some highlights of his record:

      Author of the PATRIOT Act

      Author of REAL ID

      Author of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, including expanded federal warrantless wiretap powers

      Author of E-Verify, which includes a back-door national ID requirement

      Author of the Stop Online Piracy Act, which will authorize shutting down internet sites and networks with no due process

      Killed the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act in Committee


  8. Does SOPA breach any terms of service for any service providers that congress and other gov’t agencies use?

  9. This is not a republican or democratic issue. This is a issue between corporate interests. I am a stanch conservative-libertarian  and this is an example how bad republicans can be. I am tempted to stand outside his office on Bee Caves Road with a sign. There must be thousands of people who work in tech companies who pass it every day.

  10. Lamar Smith is a big-government Republican. He repeatedly blocks any attempts to reform the war on cannabis, possibly due to his ties to the Alcohol and Tobacco lobbies. As a person who prefers less government intervention, I fully oppose Lamar Smith. His sponsoring of the notorious SOPA (internet censorship) bill should mark him as a prime target for small-government conservatives in Texas looking to change the status quo.

  11. Fact of the matter is, it shouldn’t matter how many companies “endorse” or “oppose” a particular piece of legislation, it should be the people that matter. But we all know the people don’t matter at all. The people’s interests are not represented in congress.

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