Why I Come to DPSubmitted by gsneil on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 11:05
I read at the DP mainly b/c I’m a Ron Paul supporter and generally can relate to the thoughts and opinions reflected by other Ron Paul supporters who show up here. After Ron Paul exited the race for president last year, I had a “tapering off” period and quit coming for a while after the GOP criminal convention. I showed up in January a bit and followed the chatter around Sandy Hook. It was a great place to see a lot of different information and consider the implications. I saw some kooky ideas but clustered with those were not-so-kooky ideas and I just – as an adult – sifted out the ones I thought were offensive or unfounded. Then I took a little break again.
When Boston happened I came back because I knew the DP community would be a wealth of information – a firestorm of investigation, questioning, debating, vetting, arguing, more information. I rely on the typical (not that any of you is typical) DP participant to brainstorm against the official MSM and government lines of explanation for these big “events” that help us all seek truth about what’s really happening. I rely on the fact that there will be stuff that goes beyond what is probable but mostly I have relied upon what I perceived to be a very free, open, and unmolested exchange of debate with no taboo topics. It felt like there was oxygen in this place and some elbow room for lovers of freedom and diversity.
Lately I am disheartened to witness the calls for and exercise of censorship. I have seen the arguments about this being Michael’s property, his house, his property ad nauseum. I don’t intend to argue against that line of reasoning. A case can be mounted on those grounds, to prohibit any topic at all, according to the whims of the site creator and appointed mods. Once this begins, it is no longer a place for free and open debate, rather a place for debate with constraints beyond most of the community’s control. The oxygen is getting kinda sucked out.
I don’t think the big issue is about fake blood and crisis actors. I think the big issue is about freedom vs. control. But this is and always has been the core struggle of human community, right? We want to be free, but some are free to control. I think it’s a terrible shame that passionate supporters of Ron Paul are being “lined out” for fighting for freedom of expression. It reminds me of the RP delegate candidates getting pushed out at election centers last year b/c they don’t “toe” the line of the establishment duopoly. It is an irony of epic proportion.
So what? So I’m just one unknown participant at the DP who will likely be downvoted and criticized for criticizing. That’s fine. It’s the nature of the free exchange and I say “bring it,” even if it’s against me. I don’t really care who started this site, or who moderates for this site. I’m not into personalities, heroes, champions, etc.
Even Ron Paul is not my “hero,” though he has my deep respect for leading on and representing the ideas in which I believe. I care more about ALL the people here who love freedom and love to challenge and who are even a little off their rockers from time to time. I don’t expect or want you to be proper, politically correct, sensitive, intellectual, coloring in the lines, in other words – like those who don’t want individuality. I thought individuality was a big part of the point at the DP, yet see a creeping collective attack “pack” behavior surfacing. Is it a sinister infiltration? Is it just inevitable human hypocrisy? I don’t know. No clue. But either way, it’s revolting and cowardly.
So to all of you DPers who participate and advance your ideas (even the ones I think are stupid), hats off to you for being lovers of freedom and supporters of Ron Paul’s ideas. Surely there is always SOMETHING we are going to agree upon. It seems evident the topic of banning isn’t it. I wish someone able and willing would start another community and engage the competitive, free market principle where it comes to the Ron Paul supporting liberty community; a place where the open debate wouldn’t slide to the inevitable direction of control to which it always seems to slide. It would be tough to rival this DP…it’s a fabulous set-up and sorta like the Drudge (only better) for Ron Paul supporters.
For a while, I’m sure I’ll continue to visit and appreciate the sharing that you all do here that make this site what it is – and YOU are the ones who make it so great. Fighters keep fighting…I’m with you. Never give up on freedom. And people – could you stop being nasty to each other when you disagree? Just disagree but have some decency to do it without resorting to pettiness. If you love Ron Paul, he’s an incredible example of staying respectful to his opponents while disagreeing. Check him out.