Normally, I don't ask my readers to agree with me; a jolly disagreement can, in fact, be one of the joys of blogging. But this is election season, and trolls (paid or voluntary) are common. Some trolls are so deceptive that I can't easily discern genuine outrage from the products of what has been called "persona management software."
Bottom line: This blog has been getting a lot of comments that bug the hell out of me. No matter what the topic of any given post, some of you find ways to twist my words into an excuse to slam the Dems mercilessly.
Well, I slam them too, and I intend to keep doing so -- after
election day. Now is not the time.
The camel-back-breaking straw was a recent published comment that said some very unfair things about John Kerry. I started this blog in 2004 to do my small bit to put Kerry in office. I've admired that guy ever since I first saw him on television in the early 1970s. I really, really, really
did not appreciate the dolt who decried Kerry as the equivalent of Mitt Romney.
I'll get back to dissing Obama (whom I still wish had never sought the office) after election day. Right now, two factors -- the Supreme Court and the likelihood of war with Iran -- make opposition to Mitt Romney of paramount importance. If you still (foolishly) feel that there is no difference between the candidates -- well, you've already registered that opinion.
Over and over. Daily.
And now you shall register it no more, at least not here.
Why? Because even though I remain angry at Obama, I've "fallen in hate" with Mitt Romney. And I'm horrified at the prospect of that creepy Randroid Paul Ryan being one heartbeat away from the highest office. At any rate, I suspect that Ryan will be the true power in a Romney administration. He'll be the new Dick Cheney -- except his brief will be domestic policy, not foreign policy.
Do you disagree with my new "grudgingly tolerant" attitude toward the current administration? Well, you have plenty of other places to express your feelings, so if I tell you that you no longer have a voice here, you can't pretend that you're undergoing a great hardship.
Until election day, if your message is "Both parties are the same" or "Vote for Romney as a protest against Obama" or something similar, your comments won't appear, even if you are a longtime friend to this site. After election day, of course, we will turn over the Etch-A-Sketch and give it a good shake.
This new rule will strike some of you as terribly unfair. But Blogger is free to everyone, and you can always start your own site. My attitude might be different if this were a paying gig, but it isn't. A race car driver puts ads on his car because he is paid
to do so; he doesn't put ads on his personal vehicle, especially not for products he dislikes.
This site is my home. It is more my home than is my physical home. All sorts of guest are welcome here -- but all guests must try to get along with the guy who owns the place.
If my new (temporary) rule is intolerable to you, perhaps you had best find other places to visit, at least for the next couple of months. If you leave, I hope there will be no hard feelings -- but even if there are, my position will remain as stated.