Responding to the Right
Wednesday, I wrote a diary that I also posted on dKos titled “They’ve Pushed Us Too Far.” In it, I mentioned an exchange with a wingnut who said that condemning torture and wanting to be nice to terrorists are one and the same thing.
That person, or a buddy, tried to post a comment in response.
The comment, which I refused (as I had refused others from this group), reads
Love the way you censor post….
Wow I wonder if we did it to you, how hard you would complain.
This is ironic, a Liberal Collage professor censoring other people. I bet you teach a class on free speech.
Taking my own advice to no longer let the right paint liberals into corners by framing the “debate” their way, I responded with an email:
First, you don’t seem to know what either censorship or free speech are. They have to do with government, not with me or my blog.
Second, I have no responsibility for providing a forum for people who know nothing. You can get your own blog.
Third, I don’t hide behind a pseudonym. Unlike conservatives, I’m no chicken.
Immediately on sending it, I saw that I had managled the language a bit, so took the opportunity for a follow-up:
Of course, I was laughing too hard at you to even check my own language. I should have written, of course, that “you don’t seem to know what either censorship or free speech is,” but I was wiping the tears from laughter from my eyes and didn’t pay attention. If the grammar police write me a ticket, I’ll pay the fine.
It would be worth it. The idea that I would be upset if I couldn’t post comments on your site! And the inanity of anyone actually equating not being allowed to post a comment with censorship or free speech! What a hoot!
They aren’t willing to “play fair,” so there’s no reason why we should.
Until the conservatives show themselves willing to engage in honest debate in discussion, I see no reason why we should respond to them with anything but derision.