I believe the blogosphere is a microcosm of America. A microcosm, as a matter of fact, of the free world. Blogs are perhaps the major way we converse with each other, outside our own little pods of daily life. They are censored in un-free lands – when they are allowed at all. But in places where freedom rings, a healthy and unrestricted blogosphere has become a necessity.
What’s happening at Gay Patriot concerns me because, as I have said before, it is a small-arena version of what’s happening on the American Right. On any blog, Left, Right or Center, where a gang of thugs takes over and forces out dissent, freedom of speech is compromised. Freedom for only the group that shouts the loudest, has the most money or has the biggest guns is not freedom in any sense.
Everyone who dissents, at a blog where thugs are taking over, is labeled a troll. But it’s pretty easy to tell a troll. They generally don’t bother to read the posts, and they drop in flaming turds based only on the post’s headline. That happens fairly frequently at Gay Patriot, and such people are dispatched or discredited fairly easily. All that’s needed is a fire extinguisher and a poop-scoop.
But not everybody who dissents is a troll. Thoughtful people who come to Gay Patriot, for example, read and thoroughly digest the posts. Sometimes they agree with them and sometimes they don’t. Usually they agree with part of what’s being said in them, but not with all of it.
At Gay Patriot, you had just better agree with absolutely everything – or you are a “troll.” That is not the bloggers’ fault. They welcome disagreement, because that’s what makes a blog interesting. It’s the fault of the thugs, who want to turn it into an Amen Corner.
Those who’ve found this blog because I’ve commented on Gay Patriot are not trolls. Not a one of them. They’ve braved the thuggery there because, though they don’t agree with absolutely everything that’s posted there, they do agree with some of it. And they care about America. The objections they raise are worth considering, and even those with which people disagree are not – for Heaven’s sake – going to kill them.
The hysteria with which dissent is dealt, by the thugs, on Gay Patriot is truly over-the-top. You’d think ideas with which the thugs disagree carried some airborne contagion. That those who hear these ideas have been exposed to some dreaded disease.
It’s not interesting when a self-appointed guard dog stretches a thread to two hundred comments savaging somebody. Which is why, by the fiftieth comment or so, everybody else is gone. They may keep reading, but probably they do not. They know all too well what’s going to happen from then on.
What I find interesting is that absolutely none of the thugs use their own name. All of them hide behind aliases. And their strutting hyper-masculinity is truly funny. Men who act like that are, almost without exception, cowards. They’re the sort who rah-rah wars from the safety of their armchairs, and only fight them from behind their computer keyboards.
And only one person who disagrees with me, in this latest donnybrook, has had the gumption to come over here and engage me on my home turf. He is not a thug, and I wish he hadn’t gotten mixed up in this mess. The thugs, I have engaged repeatedly on their home turf – and even when they fight me, they make good and sure they do it from the friendly confines of the turf they control.
But the bloggers don’t realize it’s the thugs’ home turf. They’ve got this quirky notion that the blog belongs to them. I hope they take their turf back, and make it, once again, a place where ideas can be freely discussed without interference from quivering queens who are afraid somebody, somewhere, won’t know they’re men. They’re so unsure of their manhood that some of them even have to use aliases with the word “Man” in them.
Gosh darn it, there’s an irony in there somewhere…