I’ve always had a completely open – you might even say liberal – comments policy. I wanted a free exchange of ideas on this blog. Unfortunately, my forum has turned into a bully pulpit, where a small number of left-wing radicals who despise everything I stand for mock my political and religious beliefs, bully others who post comments, call those with whom they disagree bigots, and generally make the comments section of my blog a very unpleasant place for the very great majority of my regular readers.
Many of these comments veer off the topic of the post to which they are attached, and turn into generic screeds denouncing President Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney or Republicans in general. This is inappropriate. Why? For the very simple reason that this isn’t your blog. If you want to write long harangues attacking me and the people I vote for, then get out your credit card and get your own domain. Or go spew your viotriol on Blogger for free. I really couldn’t care less. Just hear this: you’re done spewing it my dime.
One of these commenters recently admonished me that the internet is a public place, so basically I had better just STFU and take it. Well, sorry to disabuse you of your lofty ideals, my friend, but even though the internet is public, Moralia is not. Moralia is my own private cyberproperty. I pay for this bandwith, and if I don’t want to subsidize long, boring regurgitations of whatever that idiot Keith Olbermann said last night, that’s my business. It has nothing to do with freedom of speech, and everything to do with private property rights.
So, if you’re too cheap to buy your own domain and don’t want to set up a Blogger account, then head on over to Democratic Underground or the Daily KOS and rage against the Republicans to your heart’s content.
If you disagree with me, you are more than welcome to voice that disagreement in my blog comments, but the rules are:
1) Don’t be an obnoxious bully. This means no calling names, no accusing everyone who disagrees with you a bigot, no mockery that crosses the line of good taste.
2) Don’t bore me. Keep it concise and on topic, and don’t repeat the same tired old accusations you’ve made in comments 800 times before on my other posts.
I will start deleting obnoxious, bullying, or boring comments as of today. Who decides what’s obnoxious and boring? Why, I do, of course. Moralia is not a democracy where the rabble rule the roost. It is the most benevolent of monarchies, and you know what that makes me.