Please Stop Silencing Me [Please Un-Rec]
by Strummerson, Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 05:19:54 AM EST
An Open Letter to the MyDD Community
I came to this blog to find a place to exchange opinions openly and freely. In part, I indeed found a diverse fellowship of people with different backgrounds and allegiances. I have been fortunate to find instructive agreements and disagreements alike. But now I feel bad and alone.
Lately, no matter what I write, a group of users tries to shout me down with personal insults. They try to silence me with smears and by distorting what I have written to suit their purposes. Oh, it hurts. It's lonely. It's unfair. It's against the principles of the party I support and the country I dearly love.
Some hate me because I develop my thoughts beyond their attention spans. Some hate me because of my vocabulary. Some oppose me simply because of my qualified support for our president-elect and cautious hope he will succeed in addressing some of the issues our nation faces. But make no mistake. It is hate. The thugs are winning. My lamentation ascends to the heavens in a protest against the dying of the light.
I have tried, with all my might, to maintain civility in the face of this hatred. I have not always succeeded. Mea culpa. I am ashamed to say that I have once in a while returned a personal attack. I regret engaging in snark to attempt to deflect the malice I have faced, as I am doing right now. It's almost too terrible to bear. To those I have offended, please forgive me. Please.
But my principles have remained largely intact. I will not fold in the face of those who fail to understand that my feelings and the truth are inseparable. Stop silencing me by refusing to accept my narratives. Stop silencing me by providing a range of opinions. Stop silencing me by displaying the diversity and freedom of speech I came here to experience.
I support Obama. I support Clinton. I do not adore either. Why can't you accept that position? Why does it frighten you or anger you or invite your disdain?
Please stop silencing me.Update [2009-1-6 11:0:30 by Strummerson]: Free mojo for all comments on this diary. Come one, come all.
Update [2009-1-6 12:46:39 by Strummerson]: Please un-rec now. I made my point and want to make way for other offerings without deleting. Thanks.