When I disagree with someone, I want people to hear their views. I want people to see what they think, and then I want to calmly explain my point of view and why I may believe I'm right and they are wrong. If I censor that person's views, it makes it seem like I'm afraid that they're right and I'm not, or that I don't have any arguments to back up what I say, or that I'm simply obnoxious. As one example of this, there are many policies that I don't agree with many BlueNCers on, but I like to dialogue about that as do most of the commenters here, and that is mutually beneficial.
A local GOP blogger does not agree with me. She has threatened to do it before, but now Katy Benningfield of Katy's Conservative Corner has actually resorted to deleting the comments of those she doesn't agree with-- including a soldier who is about to be deployed to Afghanistan who spoke against the War on Terror, along with the comments of a bit of a local celebrity, District 4 Congressional Candidate BJ Lawson.
The soldier in question, a veteran who is about to be deployed for a third time to combat in the War on Terror, made a comment on Katy's post "Augustus Cho Supports the Troops" saying that he did not speak for the military, but he spoke for himself, and the troops need to come home as soon as possible. The comment was posted yesterday and appears to have been deleted by Benningfield today.
This is after Benningfield said that she would censor comments made by Ron Paul supporters (which actually comprise the majority of the comments made on her blog, to her apparent consternation) in a post in which she called Ron Paul a "bigot" without giving any evidence to speak to that fact.
I did not expect Benningfield to resort to censoring a soldier's views, so I did not save his comment. I did, however, save mine that I made yesterday which has been summarily censored by Benningfield. Here is the comment:
"I am a minority myself, and I know a bigot when I see one. The good doctor is no bigot.
He is, as far as I know, the only candidate who 1.) has said that he would have a black vice-presidential candidate, and 2.) bases his philosophies of economics on three Jewish economists, Hayek, Rothbard and Mises.
I have seen some of the other GOP candidates making racist comments lately (one of them was my second-favorite choice and now is not because of that).
I also find this amusing in light of your praise of Jesse Helms, Katy. I'm watching his documentary on PBS right now, and many people think he was a bigot, yet you have praised him repeatedly. Interesting."
My comment was censored, along with that of Congressional candidate BJ Lawson posted after mine.