As all of you that read this web site are already aware, I am a Conservative and a true believer in Free Speech. I do not believe in censorship at all. In fact, I even believe the Supreme Court has allowed too many exceptions to the First Amendment guaranty of Free Speech. For those of you that have been avid readers of this column, you have seen me defend Free Speech even to the extent that I believe being politically correct has stifled it. See e.g. “Has Being PC Taken Away Free Speech,” “To Be ‘PC’ or Not To Be ‘PC’,” and “Of Free Speech Illegal Immigration and Border Wars”
Imagine my surprise when a well known and highly Alexa ranked, (aproximately 5,000 in the world), web site such as “Free Republic” deemed it necessary to ban myself and my partner Ira Schwartz. I was shocked and hurt to put it mildly. After all, we are all Conservatives; we both advocate the defeat of President Obama in 2012 and we both advocate the repeal of Obamacare.
What we don’t seem to advocate is the Presidency of Sarah Palin. And, based upon the one article that I was permitted to post on Free Republic and my replies to the Comments thereto, that was enough to get us banned.
And, how did I find out I was no longer a favored member of the web site? I was not sent an email warning. I was not even sent an email telling me I was banned. I found out when I tried to post another article and was classlessly told that my account was either “suspended or banned.” Nothing more, nothing less.
During our weekly conference call this morning with the managing editors of the web site, I mentioned that I was no longer permitted to post on Free Republic and I was informed by our web designer, John Hauser, that when it also happened to Ira Schwartz, he Googled “Banned from Free Republic,” and discovered it was not just us that had become unwelcomed participants. After the weekly conference call, I did the same Googling that Hauser did. If you do it too, you will be very surprised at the results. Pages and Pages of articles and blogs from people who were either banned by the web site or knew someone that had been banned by the web site. In fact one of the articles even states the Sean Hannity has distanced himself from them because of their hypocricy. See The Conservative Express.
Steven Miller on FamilyFirst.com states:
“You have to be very careful what you post at Free Republic. One comment that goes against the sensibilities of one of the moderators and you will be banned. At Free Republic that generally means banned for good. After that they will still take your money, but they won’t respond to appologies or any emails from you at all. I don’t know exactly how that goes along with being deeply patriotic, or anything else. I posted there for years; it is a shocker when you get kicked out with no recourse.”
And, in my case with no reasons or explanation either.
The references go on and on with pages and pages of articles regarding people that have been banned from the site. There are also pages and pages of comments stating that the web site is Anti-Mormon and other religions. If all this is true, then I can only wonder how this web site can maintain its high ranking and its following of Conservatives. After all, aren’t Conservatives believers in the First Amendment and all that the Constitution stands for? Wasn’t it Conservatives that demanded the Constitution be read by Congress for the first time in history?
Apparently not the Conservatives running Free Republic. But it is even deeper than that, becaues Free Republic even goes against its mission statement which states:
“Free Republic is the premier online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web. We’re working to roll back decades of governmental largesse, to root out political fraud and corruption, and to champion causes which further conservatism in America. And we always have fun doing it. Hoo-yah!”