Rep. Gosar: 'I don’t care if you’re upset if I blocked you on Facebook'
So you’re upset I blocked you on Facebook. Here’s why I don’t care, a three-part series:
Your First Amendment rights are fully intact
If you think a block on Facebook is infringing upon your constitutional right to petition the government, you are sorely mistaken. You want to petition the government? Terrific. Call my office and file a complaint. Write me a letter spelling out your grievances. My staff does a terrific job of addressing these issues and briefing me on your messages. If you really desire to get in touch with me, quit spewing hateful comments on photos of me with constituents and loved ones. Call my office and let’s get something done.
My Facebook, my property
My Facebook page is my property, period. Stated in the ‘About Me’ section on the Rep. Paul Gosar official page is the following disclaimer:
“Comments posted by users do not necessarily reflect the views of Congressman Gosar or his Congressional office. We reserve the right to hide or delete user comments that include profanity, name-calling, threats, personal attacks, known factual inaccuracies or other inappropriate comments or material at our discretion.
Additionally, we reserve the right to ban anyone who repeatedly "spams" this page with off-topic links, videos or comments unrelated to the topic under which they are posting.
We reserve the right to block any user who violates this or any other policies governing Facebook.
Users are banned who do not promote healthy, civil dialogue on this page but all are welcome to contact Congressman Gosar using other methods. These methods include utilizing the "contact me" link on www.house.gov/gosar, calling into one of our offices or voicing your concerns via fax or mail."
Our policies are clear and lack any gray area whatsoever. If you would like to voice your concern, there are plenty of places for you to do so, including my Facebook. But the moment you become disrespectful to me or my staff with crude language or distasteful discourse, you lose the opportunity to do so.
Commenting on my Facebook is a privilege, not a right.
Ask Mr. Scalise
Late Wednesday evening, I received word that my colleague, Whip Steve Scalise, was readmitted to intensive care as he continues to fight for his life after a gunman took him out. So, if you genuinely think that members of Congress should not take your hostile, crass and inappropriate rhetoric as a threat, I challenge you. Ask Mr. Scalise for his thoughts. Ask his wife. Ask his children.
Because, quite frankly, we don’t care if a Facebook “block” offends you.
Faith Vander Voort authored this response on behalf of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, (R-Prescott).