Andy, in the wake of yesterday’s tragic shooting of US Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, you wrote a post titled: “AN UNTHINKABLE ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY”.
I have to ask you: Was it really that unthinkable?
We’re living in a time when heated political rhetoric is often laced with violence. A person running for national office have plotted cross hairs on a map of districts of congresspeople who had the gall to support health care legislation.
Here are some local examples of political behavior that has gone way too far:
Rep. Betty McCollum, for one, received a death threat in October after an eight-year-old video surfaced where she omitted the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
McCollum, Keith Ellison, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken each received a vile letter in March 2010, just after the health care bill’s passage, along with tatters of an American flag soaked in gasoline and feces.
Have you forgotten about the anthrax laced letters sent to members of congress?
Andy, if you thought that the attempted assassination of a congressperson was unthinkable, you weren’t thinking.
Which may explain why you continue to enable politically dangerous rhetoric by hosting it on Minnesota Democrats Exposed.
Andy, why do you allow your people to call for the death of millions of Minnesotans due to their political affiliation? Dude, seriously, your comments have gotten even worse than the StarTribune.com’s, which is saying a lot.
Why has this happened?
You, Andy, have given hateful anonymous commenters a venue to spew their hate.
Andy, what good can possibly come from hosting threats of violence against political opponents by anonymous commenters? Is that really the type of community you want to foster? It seems like you’re capable of being so much better than this.
Running a respectable blog that’s respected by respectable people shouldn’t be unthinkable.
It can be done.
You can do it.
Oh, and one other thing: Could you please confirm that neither you nor Ryan Lyk is “sotaman”? I certainly hope that that’s not the case, but, for now, it’s one theory I have explaining why don’t moderate comments by that anonymous commenter.
Update: 1:55pm: The comment I used as an example of the hate Post hosts at MDE has been quietly removed, without explanation, from MDE. I get the impression that Post doesn’t want to offend his truly offensive commenters. A micro-step toward respectability.