posted on Jan, 3 2007 @ 03:04 AM
First and foremost, let me say this: Every ideology is welcome here without fear of official discrimination or official tolerance of member-to-member
PTS seeks to be an active, successful discussion board with a civilized atmosphere and interesting, intelligent content. Controversy is a big part of
where the interesting and intelligent content comes from, so we don't censor ideas.
I think a lot of the percieved slant is just a reflection of public opinion. The balance is upset right now, most people disapprove of the Republican
I started the Bush admin as a neocon. I have not disowned many of the premises which led me to the neoconservative conclusion, but I have applied
those premises more specifically as I continued to learn and as I witnessed the faults of a neoconservative administration in action.
As such, I have posted some very neoconish things on ATS, and have at times have been applauded tremendously for it. I was never censored or treated
unfairly either by staff or members for it.
As I've adapted my position to better align with my ever-growing understanding of the world, I have taken more liberal stances in some areas. I
believe it has helped my popularity, but I have not been unduely favored in any official way.
Now, I sorta think that maybe the far right gets itself in more trouble around here than the far left, although I can't prove it and I haven't got
all the numbers, but I don't think that's a product of prejudice.
In my own experience, although not necessarily in reality, it seems to me that the far left can be very immature and very annoying, but they have a
childlike ability to play the same frustrating, ridiculous game for hours and hours on end without crossing the line.
The far right, on the otherhand, seems to me to be a little more high strung. For some reason, I think I have observed that Republicans snap and break
the rules a little easier.
So while both sides have their bad eggs, my own incomplete experience, as I recall it all, suggests that one side's faults are less egregious to the
T&C as a matter of coincidence.
Finally, conservatives, unfortunately, have some allies that most of them probably wish they didn't have.
Conservatives do not seem like bad or unintelligent people to me on the norm, and I don't think they want the support of unsavory groups, but they
Some people, though hopefully not many, are on the conservative side when it comes to the war on terror, homosexuality, immigration, etc not because
they have weighed the merits of conservative philosophies of government and seen the wisdom of a conservative position but because they hate somebody
who that particular conservative policy is bad for.
Even though these malefactors would not be accepted as allies by most conservatives, they get lumped in with conservatives because they have jumped
behind a conservative policy, just for less honorable reasons.
I certainly do not think that any part of the percieved disparity that arises there constitutes a bias against conservatives. A guy who gets banned
for using slurs, promoting violence, or attacking another member is not a censored conservative; he's a parasite leeching credibility from a
legitimate political movement just so that he can feel better about himself at the expense of some minority.