Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Redstate moves to silence Ron Paul supporters

One of the larger Republican national blogs took a fateful step today: Redstate has banned Ron Paul supporters from posting or commenting about their candidate:
Effective immediately, new users may *not* shill for Ron Paul in any way shape, form or fashion. Not in comments, not in diaries, nada. If your account is less than 6 months old, you can talk about something else, you can participate in the other threads and be your zany libertarian self all you want, but you cannot pimp Ron Paul. Those with accounts more than six months old may proceed as normal.[1]
If Redstate's attitude is picked up and shared by the Republican Party as a whole, it's a move that could come back to bite them in the ass. Consider the following:
Now, I could offer a long-winded explanation for *why* this new policy is being instituted, but I'm guessing that most of you can probably guess. Unless you lack the self-awareness to understand just how annoying, time-consuming, and bandwidth-wasting responding to the same idiotic arguments from a bunch of liberals pretending to be Republicans can be. Which, judging by your comment history, you really don't understand, so allow me to offer an alternate explanation: we are a bunch of fascists and we're upset that you've discovered where we keep the black helicopters, so we're silencing you in an attempt to keep you from warning the rest of your brethren so we can round you all up and send you to re-education camps all at once.

Hey, we're sure *some* of Ron Paul's supporters really are Republicans. They can post at any one of a zillion Ron Paul online forums. Those who have *earned* our respect by contributing usefully for a substantial period of time will be listened to with appropriate respect. Those who have not will have to *earn* that respect by contributing usefully in the other threads... and not mentioning Ron Paul. Given a month of solid contributing, send one of us an email and we'll consider lifting the restriction on your account.
In other words, if you support Ron Paul you are not a Republican and you are not welcome in the Republican Party (according to Redstate). To add insult to injury, Redstate banned all comments on their new policy (now that's what I call intellectual courage [not]).

Now I think we can all agree that Ron Paul will not win the Republican nomination for the presidency. That mean that those Ron Paul supporters will have a choice to make:
  1. Support an independent run by Ron Paul or write him in if he declines to run as an independent;
  2. Stay home on election day; or
  3. Vote for the Democratic nominee.
It will be interesting to see if the rest of the Republican Party picks up on Redstate's initiative and tries to cut the Libertarian wing of their party loose.

You can also read more about this story at Politco.


John Nonconformist said...

Yeah I suppose it's only coincidental that their name is Red State while they censor political opposition just like China.

Triscula said...

Additionally, I have been hearing that social conservatives (evangelical Christians in particular)are not terribly impressed with the current crop of GOP candidates. They're especially unhappy with Guiliani I think. If Rudy gets the GOP nomination could we see conservative Christians split off and either stay home or run an independent candidate of their own? Such a three way split would be an amazing thing to see in a national party that has remained very good at bringing everyone into the fold once the official nominee is selected. You'd have the libertarians behind Paul, the hawks and neocons behind the GOP nominee (ostensibly Guiliani in this case), and the evangelical conservative Christians either staying home or supporting someone of their own. Crazy.