This is why I like Steve’s blog. http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/
Yes, it’s a bit over-the-top sometimes, but it’s free wheeling and allows for vigorous debate and exchange of ideas. Recently, one of his posts linked to a Sodahead discussion. I wasn’t familiar with the place so I thought I’d stick around and see what it was about. Wow, I’m shocked by what was allowed to be discussed. But, I’m used to all sorts of discussions at Steve’s, so no biggy. The other day, one title/question really piqued my interest,………. well, angered me would be more accurate.
Now, at this moment, I should state, that I’m not really a Republican. It is just what I perceive as the lesser of two evils. My views are my own and don’t conform to any political party. Both parties, in this country, do a great job of getting it wrong, consistently. So, you ask, then what’s the big deal about the GOP question? Easy, while I resist labels, I acknowledge that people insist on having them and they are necessary for political purposes. Most people would identify me with the GOP, so, I take particular umbrage at the question. It is racist in its thought and expression. It is divisive and irresponsible. So, to the discussion I go, and I state the thought I just expressed. I also point out the inconsistency of the question by showing them parts of this offering. I had more, such as this. ….. and more.
I’m not stating there are no racists in the Republican party, there are. And I’m not going to scream about which party has more or less. I think its an absurd discussion. So I challenged the blatant bigotry and stereotyping. After going to shoot pool and several beers later, I came back to the site to see how the conversation progressed. And I found the same person (later I found out that was the person that started the thread) spewing the same illogical nonsense. http://www.sodahead.com/user/profile/1213236/buhit/
“Why do people…… scratch that….. why do Dems obsess with race?” That was the last sentence I was allowed to write. True, I did over-generalize, but I thought appropriate at the time. Now, even if I try to respond to myself, I get this, “We are sorry but this user has chosen not to receive correspondence.” This occurred well before the last post on the thread. Apparently, alarmist blogs isn’t the only place where censorship on the internet is alive and well and the thought of a free exchange of thoughts and ideas are anathema. Well, it just shows we’ve got a long way to go.
PS. This blog allows the opportunity to upload music, however, it doesn’t allow for .mp3 files. Sigh, I was going to treat you all to Sam Cook’s A Change Is Gonna Come. For those not familiar….. go find it! Its well worth the endeavor.