Mon May 22nd, 2006 at 04:33:44 PM EST
It seems that I found the limits of free speech toleration practiced by the management of the Dailykos when I posted a comment in a thread which called into question the assumption that going off to fight in the Iraq war equals bravery.
I suggested that there are also other forms of bravery, including the variety which includes refusing to fight in that war. In my post, which was one of dozens or scores of others, buried in a long thread, I even alerted the sensitive reader with a cautionary: "this is where those of you with your minds already made up...should stop reading..."
That was at least a week ago.
Try finding that post of mine now. I do not think you'll be able to. Apparently, it was deleted, without comment, without notice or explanation. I can only assume that some readers ignored my caution and went on to read, went on to become offended that anyone would dare to suggest the idea--as I did--
and, here, again, if you already have your mind made up and hold as unquestionable the bravery of all of "our troops" then perhaps you, too, should not read further and should not ignore this notice--
suggested that there are even those who simply follow orders and report to the call up for deployment, not necessarily out of bravery but just as much or more out of fear of the repercussions to them, their family, their job, if they refused.
That, apparently went beyond what Dailykos could tolerate in unconventional views and so, it seems, they censored it.
Nothing could better illustrate the power of words, of unpopular ideas than to see one's views censored as unacceptable. I recommend that those of you who think that in our society all opinions are open to debate and discussion re-examine that assumption --yes, "even" in a so-called liberal, open-minded forum such as the Dailykos is supposed to be. On mentioning in a thread here that I'd been banned from the New York Times reader fora, I was asked by one regular here why I was banned. The answer is always simple and always the same: something was written, expressed, which those in authority refused to allow to remain for others to see, to consider.
Since the Dailykos censored my post, I'm obviously through practicing "free speech" there; I'm also through contributing any other opinions of mine to their fora.
For me, they just made a mockery of the principles they are supposed to stand for and they certainly joined President Bush in making a mockery of the very principles for which our nation's are supposedly risking, and many losing, their lives.
To those who object to seeing their automatic assumptions concerning the bravery on the part of our nation's soldiers, all those who answer President Bush's war orders, put into question, I have only this to say:
Speech is the first freedom. To cavalierly suppress it in the idea that doing so protects the honor of the fallen or to place ahead of free speech, a concern for the potential injury to the feelings of the loved ones of those soldiers killed is to reduce freedom of speech to a matter of momentary convenience.
I used to have respect for the Dailykos. I now have none.