May I Please Post The Article On Rand From The Front Page Of The NYT Or Will I Be Called A Troll?Submitted by Alliance With None on Mon, 11/04/2013 - 06:14
In Liberty Defined Ron Paul explained how political correctness was a subversive way to limit free speech. I consider smearing as a troll a longtime member who has nothing but libertarianism in his heart and soul to be just this sort of political correctness, and I don't like it.
During my two years of participation on this site I have clearly been an enthusiastic supporter of both Ron and Rand Paul. While everyone else was swearing him off, I stood by and defended Rand in the wake of the infamous Romney endorsement.
I am clearly a libertarian through and through.
And yet I was recently called a TROLL for posting some recent news stories on Rand. My posting them was not an endorsement of their point of view.
For the record, I will exercise greater discretion in the future, but is the rule going to be that if a story says anything at all negative about Rand or Ron it cannot be posted here? That certainly wasn't the standard during the campaign of 2011-12, and no one ever gave me the memo that the standard had changed.
When I saw Rand Paul on the cover of the New York Times (I read it; I also read Krugman; I don't believe in consuming libertarian-friendly media only), my first thought was to post the article here.
But then I thought, because the article may contain a half a sentence or more about Rand that would not sit well with someone on this site, maybe I better not, lest I be ostracized.
I rarely take offense -- not just here (you may notice I don't tend to get into fights) -- but in life generally. "It is as bad to take offense as it is to give offense" is my motto.
That said, this is not right. I respect anyone's right to free speech, including use of the word "troll", though I must say I think it can be a low blow, like "racist" or "terrorist", and perhaps should be used with at least as much discretion as what I am being asked to exercise.
Anyway please check out the NYT article on Rand and Ted Cruz and let me know if I can post it, or if it crosses the line.
Because I wouldn't want to attract the wrath of the troll police, even though I find their behavior to be a disturbing and, quite frankly, anathema to the principles this site seeks to espouse.