I admit it…I do like to engage in intellectual banter with both Conservatives and Liberals…okay, more with the Conservatives, but I don’t think on any occasion that I’ve been rude or disrespectful in my missives.
I pride myself in backing up my arguments with facts and consider it bad manners to refer to Republicans as “Rethuglicans” or the Tea Party members as “tea baggers” even though they gave that name to themselves and obviously haven’t ever googled the word. Seriously? I’ve always stood firm on the belief that anything I write should be safe for my pastor to read from the pulpit on Sunday morning.
And now…with my research and thoughtful comments to articles–where has this left me?
My account has been removed? Seriously? It must be some mistake. So I looked it up and got this:
Huffington post claims:
Community members who consistently and reliably flag comments that are removed by our moderators may be given additional tools that will allow them to hide or remove comments entirely. We take this ability very seriously and if you see any of the “community moderators”acting inappropriately, please report them to us.
But I’ve never been flagged–at least as far as I know. And I’ve never written anything worthy of being flagged. The FAQ says they will ban someone if :
1. A comment is extremely abusive, off-topic, uses excessive foul language, or includes an ad hominem attack.
2. If a commenter has previously posted comments that are abusive, off-topic, used excessive foul language, or include ad hominem attacks, a Huff Post moderator may decide to ban the commenter’s IP address. This means the abusive commenter is banned from commenting on the site in the future, even if the later comments are not abusive.
Okay, I had to look up ad hominem on Wikipedia:
ad hominem is an attempt to link the truth of a claim to a negative characteristic or belief of the person advocating it. The ad hominem is normally described as a logical fallacy, but it is not always fallacious; in some instances, questions of personal conduct, character, motives, etc., are legitimate and relevant to the issue.
Abusive ad hominem (also called personal abuse or personal attacks) usually involves insulting or belittling one’s opponent in order to attack his claim or invalidate his argument, but can also involve pointing out factual but apparent character flaws or actions that are irrelevant to the opponent’s argument. This tactic is logically fallacious because insults and negative facts about the opponent’s personal character have nothing to do with the logical merits of the opponent’s arguments or assertions.
Ironically, this definition seems to be the very foundation of how many conservative tend to respond to most of my postings!
While I am no longer able to post to HuffPo, these commenter apparently aren’t being extremely abusive, off-topic, using excessive foul language, or makingad hominem attacks:
Not being able to comment, to argue (politely) and present a logical, well-thought out statement drives me CRAZY. I know, I know, it’s a short trip. So now what to do?
I’ve decided to bring back my blog. I’ve been wanting to. I really do have so much to say. I’m getting very frustrated with the direction our country is going and even more frustrated with all the useless, directionless blaming that is taking place. I’m terrified that the middle class is seriously, pointedly being systematically destroyed by corporate America. I’m furious that our Supreme Court is being funded by corporate donations, that Republicans continually work at stalling EVERYTHING that goes across their desks. Tax cuts for the rich DO NOT create jobs!
So I’ve decided to take my frustration out on my blog. While I cannot comment on the HuffPo articles, I can link to them and comment here.
I realize that no one reads it. But it makes me feel a little better, I can lower my dose of Zoloft, I don’t scream at my children or kick my dog as much.