Here's a letter I wrote to Rand Paul last year. Maybe it will help with some perspective:
Dear Dr. Paul,
On behalf of the Commonwealth’s tens of thousands of poker players and enthusiasts, I am writing to share with you my concerns over your statements and actions regarding online poker legislation. Specifically, I am concerned about statements you made to Liberty Maven last year. I am also concerned about anti-poker crusader James Dobson’s endorsement of your candidacy.
In your August 19th interview with Liberty Maven, at http://libertymaven.com/2009/08/19/r...rty-maven/6911
, you stated that you would oppose pending Congressional legislation licensing online poker sites. Unfortunately, it is not that easy. The Justice Department has been seizing funds, and it now appears that the solution for poker players will go through the Congress. That is why Rep. Ron Paul is cosponsoring these bills.
Additionally, James Dobson’s endorsement of your candidacy is a major concern. Dr. Dobson and Focus on the Family lobbied Congress extensively for an outright ban on online poker, even at the expense of laying off hundreds of employees. Since his retirement, both he and Focus remain committed to stopping online poker. In fact, his focus for this issue is so great that I am concerned that he sought assurances from you that you would support him in his quest.
While I would personally love for the federal government and the Commonwealth to leave us alone and let us play, the fact is that Congress has consistently opposed this. The House has continually voted against unregulated, untaxed online poker and gaming by wide margins. This most recently happened in 2006, when we lost the HR 4411 vote 317-93. At the state level, the Commonwealth is attempting to seize the domain names of online poker sites.
It seems there is a less than 1% chance for federal and state recognition of unregulated, untaxed online poker, but perhaps a 50% chance of getting licensed and regulated online poker done. I realize some would expect Kentucky's poker players simply to give up on online poker, but I do not believe that would do anything to further the cause of liberty. In fact, a successful prohibition would be seen as a victory of statism over liberty, and would do nothing to preserve Internet freedom.
What's important to me is your support for my rights. Please respond to this letter and let me know if you will support my freedoms. I hope that I, along with my over one million fellow Poker Players Alliance -- including over 13,000 in Kentucky -- can count on your support.
Thank you for your consideration.
PPA KY State Director & Board Member