Originally posted by TheAvenger
What effect will the new ATS political rules have on this thread? Please specify if you know. When I first signed up on ATS I rapidly decided that ATS
had a liberal slant, including at least one, probably two of the amigos. Simple to decide with all of the Bush bashing, global warming alarmism, etc.
I just quit coming to ATS for several months after my initial sign up for that very reason. I did finally return after months away and just tried to
ignore all of the inappropriate radical political comments where none belonged. With the new site rules, I have decided that they are gravitating
towards becoming an even more left wing site. If so, I bid you farewell, with my thanks for your good analysis of the upcoming election.
Oh, yeah. This issue
has kept me busy all morning.
DISCLAIMER: Everything I'm about to say is my own opinion. it's based on my own life expeirence. I have nothing to gain from this change in ATS
policy, but like the resto f you, I have something to lose.
All of the Conpsiracy Masters on this web site have an obligation to police their forums. It's part ofw hat we agree to when they give us the badge.
If we have a problem, we're supposed to go to any Mod for assistance. We can ask for threads to be moved, or deleted, BUT we have to make our case
AND the matter has to be reviewed internally.
In this respect, "I" am the sherrif in this forum that has my name on it. I have to abide by the same Terms nad Conditions that apply to YOU. MY
credibility stems from my willingness to show you my homework, whle I explain my reasoning. I'm saying all of this so that you know where I'm
These new rules
constitute a very large and very bitter pill that'll be tought for a
lot of us to swallow. In my own way, I'm proud to offer you guys (and gals) a safe habor for honest discussion of the topics that interest me. I
would like to point out one thing. It takes ALL of us to scare off the partisan muckrakers.
My experience with politics boards goes back to the early days of the internet. It's MY OPINION that the crack down here at ATS will not slow, stop,
impede, or inconvenience those partisan muckrakers who really want to get through. That kind of infiltration has become a bonafide poliitcal tactic
in the 21st century. It works, too. they wouldn't waste their time, if it did NOT work.
So, whaddya gonna do? As the casual every day user, you can walk away from ATS until the election is over. You can do your level best to ignore the
partisan stuff, until this election is over. Or, you can pick and choose the threads and forums that you most enjoy...and stay there.
No politics board is immune to what you're facing right now. That includes those boards that you don't hear about, because they are invitiaton
only. Even those gated communities have to deal with partisan commandos.
I'm not really a conspiracy theorist. I can play one on TV, but I'm really just one of many concerned citizens. I beleive in what I'm doing
enough to write books and do podcasts. Free speech is a double edged sword. It allows you to skea, and be heard. It also allows THEM to speak and
What happens if it's not enough to pick and choose the thread that you read or participate in? If that's really the case, then I'd say that it's
time to go. I follow 30-50 threads on a regular basis. Outside of this CM forum, I participate in 3-5 at any given time. That's my choice. I do
that because, in many cases, I don't want to waste my time with muckrakers.
Just becuse you can post on atopic doesn't mean that you should. Am I ranting? Yes. Your freedom of speech comes at a price. that price comes in
the form of certain compromises...but...it also comes iwth an implicit understanding that its okay, cool, and fine to pick and choose your battles.
If you gotta walk away, do it with a clean conscience.
Technical Note: This thread proves that political discourse is possible. Like it? Flag it, and make the point. Just be aware that the muckrakers
may come calling...
[edit on 11-9-2008 by Justin Oldham]