This week’s post was supposed to be on another topic, but I decided to postpone it to next week. Why? Because last week, another WordPress blogger who I read regularly (and know personally) was….assailed…by two different readers over comments she made on a post she wrote about global warming.
Now, I suspect both of the two qualify as “conservative” although I can’t say either of them has actually said so. I do not read their blogs, but their comments certainly suggested they are conservatives.
I’ve always thought conservatives were “manly men” types. At least, many of them seem to like to posture that way. So I really was surprised to read their comments, because both of them included language typically attributed by conservatives to “thin-skinned, wussy liberals.”
That’s right… they came across to me as whiny “victims” who felt insulted, hurt, etc. How dare my friend make such “insensitive” remarks on her blog! Call the U.N. Commission for the Investigation of Hurt Feelings and Insensitivity!
One of them even asked for an apology, which seems to have become de rigueur in the conservative playbook. What arrogance!
This same person made an asinine observation on this blog about a commenter’s website, noting that an innocuous phrase she used is also on a Jihad website. What was her sin? She agreed with me on the topic and he did not like that.
I deleted that ad hominem comment. Then he whined about my deleting it, insisting that it was not ad hominem. So I ended his ability to post any more comments here.
My position is very simple: this is MY blog. I post a variety of opinions here. I don’t recall asking anyone to agree with those opinions nor do I care if anyone does. I am not so infatuated with myself to believe that even if I changed the mind of everyone who reads this blog that it will make a bit of difference in this world. It will not….
So why do I even bother? I like writing; it is a reminder of my college days when I was Editor of the student newspaper. If what I write plants a seed in someone’s mind, good. If not, so what?
But since this is MY blog, I have all the rights. I answer to no reader. Readers have no rights here; only privileges.
No reader has the “right” to challenge me to “prove” anything I present on this blog. To provide “evidence” from “credible” sources. To suggest that I shouldn’t say this or that because it is “hurtful” or whatever. That is a form of control and I accept no form of control. (Rejecting all forms of external control is what being an anarchist is all about!)
If you disagree with me, you may submit your own succinct view, backed up by whatever “proof” you want from “credible” sources if you think anyone gives a damn about that because I sure don’t. If it were that easy to “prove” any view, there would be little disagreement on anything, but since there is very little agreement on anything, “proof” is a mirage.
I may, or may not, allow a comment to be displayed. Or, I may edit it if I think portions of it are unacceptable for any reason(s) that I don’t have to explain.
Because there are NO “free speech” rights on private property and this blog is private property. I always thought that conservatives worshipped private property rights but these two seem to think they can abridge those rights. That it is their obligation to demand an apology from those they believe are behaving inappropriately.
Don’t like my thinking? Everyone has the right not to read this blog. And the right to pontificate all they like on their own blog. Because this blog is my forum and not anyone else’s.
This is my 86th post. To date, I’ve banned only one person. And other than that one person, I’ve never edited a comment either. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to indulge anyone who thinks they can behave as they like on my blog.
Because you are in my cyber house and I won’t put up with any behavior I don’t like. Otherwise, the offender will quickly learn that there is no recourse to whatever I decide to do, whether it is edit the comment, delete it, or ban the offender from ever commenting again.
Welcome to my dictatorship!