I understand where you guys are coming from and I agree that anyone who truly values personal freedom and less government interference must agree online poker should not be against the law.
Where I disagree is believing that this fact alone is enough for us to carry the day.
Simply put, if the majority of US voters really, truly valued personal freedom, the laws that caused this mess would never have been passed in the first place.
Many voters say they believe in personal freedom and in the next breath agree gambling, marijuana, prostitution, hard drugs, even gay marriage, all ought to be illegal. And other things too, like wearing your pants too low (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagging_%28fashion%29
Most of the Republicans who for years have talked about the value of personal freedom in the marketplace, also believe that pretty much any non-economic matter of personal freedom is open game if it offends them.
And an awful lot of Democrats who otherwise champion the value of diversity and individual freedom, in the next breath talk about the need of government to step in and control/ban personal activities that they believe are "harmful."
Since we need some support from the more reasonable members of both these wings of both these parties in order to get the bill passed, we are going to have to make our game not offensive and we are going to have to design its regulation in a way that tries to prevent harm.
And we are going to have to pay taxes primarily everyone because everyone else has to (at least theoretically) and politicians since time immemorial have demanded their tribute.
The bottom line is that folks who support freedom already support us. Until they actually become a legislative majority, they alone are not enough for us to win or at least make a difference.
So we have to reach out to places where converts are otherwise likely, hence we have to reach out to some Democrats by showing how real regulation will result in less "harm," not more. Everyone will be better off, and the tens of thousands of poker players and other industry workers will have their jobs back! And allowing US companies means we actually steal some jobs back form overseas! And we will pay our taxes.
And we have to reach out to some Republicans by showing that we poker players are not "offensive" we are different from the "degenerate" individuals putting their child support payments in a slot machine - we play a uniquely American game of skill against each other (not the house); a game appreciated by many of America's greatest Presidents, Generals, Supreme Court Justices, and more for over a hundred years. We are no threat and many, maybe most, of us poker players are otherwise conservative too. And we will pay our taxes.
Those of you who do not like the reality of the situation described above should not criticize the PPA for adapting to that reality. Change the reality and the PPA will change tactics accordingly. Stop asking the PPA to turn the US into a libertarian society
. Instead go about making the US a libertarian society. Support politicians like Paul and Johnson, join the Libertarian party. Vote the moralists and the nanny-staters out of office.
Once that libertarian majority is achieved THEN the PPA can easily get free, unregulated, unlicensed, untaxed online poker. Trying to get such a thing before you have changed society is a waste of time. The current political makeup is simply not going to decide that of all the businesses in the US, online poker is the one that should not be regulated, licensed and taxed.
In most states you can't even cut someone else's hair for money unless you are licensed, regulated and taxed.