“What the heck are you thinking?! What is in your mind!?”
That was the opening salvo to Congressman Michael Capuano’s (D-MA) EPIC broadside fired from the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday in what turned out to be a futile but valiant battle by Democrats to keep Americans’ internet browsing histories private.
The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to reverse Internet privacy rules that the Federal Communications Commission adopted before President Obama’s second term ended. The vote broke along party lines, and President Trump is expected to sign the gutted “protections” into law.
Rep. Capuano, however, wasn’t going down without a fight. Like only a Bostonian can, he laid-in to Republican supporters of the legislation to adopt rule changes that will let internet providers like Comcast and Verizon sell your browser history to advertisers.
“Why would you want to give-out any of your personal information to a faceless corporation for the sole purpose of them selling it?” Capuano probed them.
“When I was growing up, I thought one of the tenets of the Republican Party that I admired the most was privacy,” he continued. “And now, you just want to give it all away!”
And just to highlight the absurdity of the shredded privacy protections the Republicans were about to approve, he added:
“Just last week I bought underwear on the internet. Why should you know what size I take? Or the color, or any of that information!?”
All that was missing was the requisite “How you do like them apples!?” at the end of his rhetorical beat-down.
You can see Rep. Capuano’s entire speech below..
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.