As a long-time visitor to Capitol Hill Blue and one-time avid participant on this site, I feel compelled to comment on the ongoing controversy concerning “censorship” on this site.
While I won’t argue whether or not the publisher of this site has the right to censor or remove content – he most certainly does – I will question the wisdom and motive behind some content removal.
At approximately 1:00 pm EST I stopped by as I usually do as part of my internet itinerary, I read a blog by an unfamiliar FMeekins that was highly critical of Barack Obama. It was a rather lengthy piece, which was a nice change from the usual MSM link and a sentence or two of support that passes for a blog these days.
I read the piece, all the while wondering how long it would last here. I failed to note the actual time of the posting, but after the few minutes it took to read it and click back to the home page, it had been removed…POOF!
While some of the recent posts concerning censorship could be chalked up to some people not knowing how to find older stories (it’s called a navbar), it seems that any excuse will do when it comes to removing content opposing Obama. I was personally told that my views, which center around the Constitution and Republican (philosophy, not party) ideals, were not welcome here, and that I should fall in line or go away.
I took that advice to heart and joined other forums that feature intelligent debate on real issues, not just regurgitated mainstream “journalism” masquerading as original content and thought.
But this leads me to the conclusion that this site (and many others) is merely a preview of an Obama administration in microcosm. Our fabled democracy in action – majority control with no voice for opposing views. You’re either with Obama or you’re against him – and if you are against him – there is something wrong with you. Pick any malfunction, they all work…racist, republican partisan, dimwit, fascist, bigot.
So take a good look folks. This is the future of our country – the end of the Republic and the institution of Democracy. But I beg that you ponder this…You may be the majority as of now, but someday soon you may be among the minority, and will you then wish that you should have a voice?
“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.”
– Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833