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February 25th, 2015

Every once in a while I find conservative web sites espousing views I disagree with, and so I write a response. Not a drive-by, not a quick, general insult—usually, in fact, a comment I spend a lot of time on, giving as much evidence and example as I can muster, trying to be respectful (aside from taking the stand that their reasoning is terrible) and to the point. No foul language, nothing clearly objectionable—just an opposing voice.

I am rather disappointed, therefore, when I find that, about half the time, my comment gets deleted, or never passed through moderation. A few sites then actually block my IP, without note, as if I were never there. These are not sites with tons of comments, but usually more private forums with limited numbers of commenters.

I have to say, I would be pretty ashamed to sink so low, not to have the courage to allow anyone disagreeing with me to post, much less actually try to answer. Very discouraging.

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  1. Troy
    February 26th, 2015 at 03:12 | #1

    movement conservatism is a con job.


  2. kensensei
    February 26th, 2015 at 14:44 | #2

    Yeah, it’s so frustrating. I have gone through the same process, only to find my piece as deleted by a Conservative so-called “moderator.”

    Another thing that bothers me is the fact that most blogs require you to log in using “Disqus”. Then a copy of another blogger’s reply comes to my personal e-mail (not exactly the place I want to hear disparaging remarks about politics). I would rather leave the discussion back at the blog or webpage only.

    But the moderators you spoke of really seem interested in engaging their readers in quick, asinine comments without much thought or facts behind it. And the truth is the Right has made a career out of over-simplifying the facts. For instance, the half-phrase,

    “What difference at this point does it make…?”

    seems to indicate the Clinton didn’t care that Stevens had died in Benghazi. That is what many Republicans would have us believe. But the whole quote, in context, actually points out the absurdity of second-guessing “why” those murderers carried out the killings in the first place,

    “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans?”

    which is a question the Republican hearing has still failed to answer sufficiently. I mean, if someone is guilty of murder, motive is not necessarily a consideration.

    So that kind of “corrective” explanation takes a lot of time and effort and cannot be done as a drive-by.

    Anyhow, keep up the good fight!

    P.S. I don’t use html well, so please fix my block quotes if I messed them up. Thanks!

  3. Tim
    March 1st, 2015 at 20:20 | #3

    The only site I know anything of is redstate. I didn’t last very long commenting there.

    Are there any conservative sites worth visiting? I am not aware of any.

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