This was a letter I sent to the webmaster of "The Free Republic" I guess the republic is free if you belong to the wacky right.Here's a link to ask them why they only run articles that agree with their viewpoint. http://www.freerepublic.com
I would like to know why my posting privileges were revoked. My belief is that logical, unemotional and intelligent discourse in a democracy is a good thing. The article I wrote "An Open Letter to the
Tea Party from a Concerned Liberal" was an honest attempt at discourse with those that are on the opposite side of the political fence. Sorry, but this decision to banish me from this website reminds me of getting banned by Daily Kos for suggesting that those that hold dual citizenship (American/Israeli) should not advise the president or make policy decisions on Israel because there is certainly a conflict of interest. I was called an anti-Semite. I think that websites that only cater to those with similar beliefs make the site boring when everyone is "preaching to the choir" so to speak. As a retired military person (21 years in the Army), I was hoping that this country would have grasped the concept of free exchange of information by now.
I don't wish to believe the hype that the Tea Party has engendered but this decision to revoke my posting privileges definitely shows me that this site is nervous about publishing another opinion that doesn't quite follow the party line.
Timothy V. Gatto
Author of "Kimchee Days" and the political book "From Complicity to Contempt" available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers.