“Is the internet in a state of fuckedness or is the House just stupid?”
Both. The internet as a whole dropped the ball on CISPA; not a lot of people have heard of it.
As for the situation in the House, there seemed to be both assholes and uninformed people. It’s true that the US needs a good cybersecurity one, we just don’t need this one. (There’s a perfectly good one lying somewhere around that I heard about)
When I checked the votes for CISPA, half the Democrats voted yes, including a lot that condemned SOPA. Those Dems probably would have voted no had there have been more of a ruckus.
What’s important is the Senate vote, and what leads up to the vote. If we get enough petitions, and enough companies rally against this, and Sens. Wyden and Sanders stall the bill hard enough, we should get support below 67, or better yet, 60, or the golden trophy, 50.
Start calling your Senators, and ask Wyden and Sanders to do a filibuster.