Senator Paul’s comments, from the article:
The revelation that the NSA has secretly seized the call records of millions of Americans, without probable cause, represents an outrageous abuse of power and a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. I have long argued that Congress must do more to restrict the Executive’s expansive law enforcement powers to seize private records of law-abiding Americans that are held by a third-party,” Sen. Paul said. “When the Senate rushed through a last-minute extension of the FISA Amendments Act late last year, I insisted on a vote on my amendment (SA 3436) to require stronger protections on business records and prohibiting the kind of data-mining this case has revealed. Just last month, I introduced S.1037, the Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act, which would provide exactly the kind of protections that, if enacted, could have prevented these abuses and stopped these increasingly frequent violations of every American’s constitutional rights.
“The bill restores our Constitutional rights and declares that the Fourth Amendment shall not be construed to allow any agency of the United States government to search the phone records of Americans without a warrant based on probable cause.”
Fuck Obama W. Bush, the First Nigger!
I waited a few minutes before reblogging this to see if the blogger above was going to re-think his/her remarks and take his post down. He/she has not, which is disappointing.
This is an open letter to everybody who reads my blog: If you’re going to reblog one of my posts, kindly avoid calling Black people niggers. I don’t appreciate it when someone uses something I post as an excuse to call a Black person a nigger. It’s bush league, sophomoric, immature, in addition to being problematic for reasons that extend beyond the immediate discourse. Obama’s racial identity has absolutely nothing to do with the misguided nature of his national security policies. It is completely irrelevant. Using a political disagreement—however profound—as an excuse to drop an N-bomb on a prominent Black person’s head says much more about the speaker than it does about the Black politician it’s directed against. In that case, you are the person who’s making a bad decision.
Furthermore, the fallout for commentary like this is not limited to its speaker. When you reblog something I’ve posted and add a racially charged, casually racist remark, you’ve created a permanent link on the internet that someone can visit, and see your remarks under something I’ve posted. This creates a conceivable chance that a casual reader of your blog may think that you and I are on the same page regarding your “first nigger” commentary. Unless, of course, I publicly respond by rejecting it. So by reblogging my post and adding those remarks, you’ve made it necessary for me to create a public record repudiating the same. Unfortunately, this also means drawing public attention to your mistake so I can avoid being associated with your remarks, which I imagine will probably lead to unwanted attention for you, since Tumblr is notoriously sensitive to this sort of thing.
So do me a favor, and please avoid calling Black people niggers if you’re going to reblog my posts. I’m not going to sit idly by when people use the things I post as a springboard to spread racially charged filth without saying something about it. You’re creating problems for me in addition to creating problems for yourself. And I don’t appreciate the former. Thanks.