Seriously, How Can You Be For This?

Dave Pell
2 min readMar 30, 2017


Ivanka has a job in the White House. Climate Change is being denied. Nunes repeatedly proves he’s a Trump stooge (and still there are no consquences). The president pushes for a health bill that would absolutely crush his supporters. The adminstration is pushing for a travel ban that targets countries from where terrorists simply never come. Countless people and organizations across the three branches of government have been devalued and demeaned. The media had been called the enemy of the American people. The lies are relentless. The buck-passing is unprecedented. America’s perception abroad has nose-dived into the toilet. We are in the middle of what could become the most dramatic presidential scandal ever (where there’s smoke there’s fire, and with this EPA, the smoke isn’t going anywhere…). We’re all expected to pretend there’s a hint of reality to fantasies like wiretapped towers or a future boom in coal job creation.

OK, with all this, you still dig the other team. I don’t get it. But it’s your call. But just explain this one thing to me:

If you don’t own shares in any broadband companies, how can you support a party and a president that would make it easier for Internet providers to sell your personal data without your permission?

I mean, good people can have differences of opinion. But how the hell can you be for that? Here’s more from WaPo:

In a party-line vote, House Republicans freed Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast of protections approved just last year that had sought to limit what companies could do with information such as customer browsing habits, app usage history, location data and Social Security numbers. The rules also had required providers to strengthen safeguards for customer data against hackers and thieves.

I know, I know. When Obama is for something, you have to be against it because you have this thing with Obama. But you’ve made some exceptions in the past. You were for it when he saved the American economy. And you put differences aside when he ordered the operation that resulted in a room for rent in Osama bin Laden’s compound.

Given the dangers Trump presents to America and the world, I understand that this is not the biggest story these days. And I know it’s a more frequent topic of discussion among those in my nerd-heavy crowd.

I can empathize if you really don’t care about this.

But I don’t get how you can be for it. There are a lot of potential downsides for you, and no upside. Nothing about this law is good for anyone who doesn’t own a piece of a broadband provider.

Why does half the country continue to support those who don’t have their best interests at heart?

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Dave Pell

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