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GOP: Internet is Optional…Your Privacy Doesn’t Matter, So We Sold It


Republicans seem to be currently in a heated battle with each other to see who can say the stupidest thing any politician has ever said. Guess what: They’re all winning, so it would be very difficult to rank their ignorant comments.

As Republicans defend their decision to roll back internet privacy rules, one GOP lawmaker is giving them all a run for their money. In a town hall appearance held on Thursday, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. defended his vote repealing the Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules passed by the FCC last fall by claiming that “nobody’s got to use the internet.

He continued: “I don’t think it’s my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising through your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it and then you take it upon yourself to make the choice.”

While technically true that people do choose to use or not use the internet, it’s worth pointing out that the United Nations labeled internet use a basic human right recently.  People use the internet for a wide variety of things that can sometimes be necessities, and not just for pornography and voter fraud, which is probably all Sensenbrenner thinks the internet is for.

You are correct, Sensenbrenner. Nobody has to use the internet. Nobody has to eat, or go to work, or breath, but you need these things to live, just as the majority of people in America need the internet to operate their lives.

There are some circumstances where you can’t even pay your bills without the internet

Just one more example of how out of touch congressional Republicans are.


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