Back on Sam Brownback Day, I wrote a diary over on the left-wing website, MyDD, entitled “We Need the Best Candidates — Sam Brownback Is One.”
It had 59 comments last time I checked, more than any other diary on the front page at the time and more than any of the recommended diaries.
seems to have has disappeared, along with all of the comments. I checked the wayback machine and it has no archives for 2007. Darn it all!
While writing up this post, I sent an email to the webmaster, wondering what had happened. Here is his reply:
You were very nice, but I have always deleted diaries that support candidates from opposing parties. The diaries reflect on the site as I whole, and I cannot allow that.
Banning you was kind of harsh though. I am reinstating you, but consider this a warning. Do it again, even in the comments, and you will be banned.
So much for leftist tolerance. I have decided to reprint my original article here so you can read it and judge for yourself. It’s not avaliable anywhere else. Not anymore.
I ask you, my friends, was this really worthy of censorship?
More below the fold….
We Need the Best Candidates — Sam Brownback is One
Many of my liberal friends are struggling over who they support for the 2008 Presidential nomination. My conservative friends are facing the same conundrum.
Many progressives dislike Hillary Clinton for the same reasons as my conservative friends. She’s too poll driven. She sticks her finger to the wind and announces her stand based on her political windsock. The issue that my liberal friends cite the most, however, is her continuing support of the war in Iraq.
Of course my conservative friends don’t view this as a negative, but they have other reasons for disliking Senator Clinton. I’ll leave these reasons up to your imagination. I’m sure you are probably aware of most of them.
It seems the Democrats and their supporters are having the same problems they had back in 2004 when they unwisely ran Senator Kerry against a much maligned and weakened President Bush. Will the Democrat party nominate another Presidential candidate with high negatives? I don’t know. Actually, I wish them well and all the luck in the world.
I think it would be good for America if the two major parties would put up a genuine liberal and a true conservative candidate against each other for a healthy battle of our respective ideologies.
So far, this doesn’t seem to be the case. And we are all worse off for it.
I cannot really comment much about the other Democrat candidates that are in the running this early in the campaign season. The other one to beat, I suppose, is Barack Obama, who I give credit to for speaking up on issues of faith. John “two America” Edwards is done, in my humble opinion. He didn’t help John Kerry much in 2008 and will do even worse as he goes solo.
The Republican party is having similar problems. The top three in most of the most recent polls I affectionately (or not) refer to as “The Three RINOs” (aka Rudy McRomney).
I suppose that liberals might secretly be rooting for RINO Rudy Giuliani, who in my opinion, is a pro-abortion, activist judge loving, gun grabbing authoritarian.
Or perhaps they see some hope in Flipper Romney (aka Flip-Floppin’ Mitt) whose position on issues that social conservatives actually care about seems to depend on the day and in which direction the political winds are blowing. He’s not my (or any informed conservative’s) choice by any means.
Who does that leave for me? Easy answer: Sam Brownback. He’s currently marginalized and dismissed by the MSM but he is the one true conservative in the race who deserves the nomination. True, he’s pro-life, which many on the left are worried about, but he is for “all life,” not just life in the womb.
He cares about the suffering in Darfur, those languishing in prison, those who are exploited by human trafficking, those who are struggling in poverty, and more. In short, this is a bleeding-heart conservative who cherishes “all life.”
The American Electorate
I think it does none of us, liberal or conservative, any good to have phoney candidates who only care about themselves and their own persuits of power.
I hope and pray that this time, in 2008, we can get genuine candidates on both sides of the political spectrum. I hope, if on nothing else, that we all can agree on this simple wish.
As to the 2008 election, may the best man win!
Again, there were some 59 comments, many of them positive, but my diary
seems to have has disappeared. This is a vanity post, I know, but please can someone explain to me why my diary would have possibly been deleted after being up for more than 24 hours? What did I do or say wrong?
So much for civility. Now it’s war. This just makes me really ticked off!
Postscript: After a few emails in which I pleaded my case, the webmaster (whose name I will keep confidential) called me a “concern troll” and closed with:
I banned you. Don’t send me any more emails.
Democrats. Marxists. Trotskyites. Stalinists. The labels are now officially interchangeable.
Update: I originally signed up for MyDD when a web search turned up an article there that was anti-Sam, Brownback for the Wingers. I left several comments and had a reasonable discussion with the commenters. My comments have since been deleted. There is one reference to me (“Psyche”) by one of the responders, but the conversation seems pretty disjointed since all of my comments were disappeared. Hooray for free speech and rational discussion, the hallmark of the left!
Update 2 (4/5/2007): Crossposted at Daily Kos. Will they be more tolerant than MyDD? Time will tell.