The blogosphere is a big place filled with many diverse opinions. The good thing about it is you can expose yourself to a lot of different beliefs and it helps make one more well rounded as a result. The bad thing about it is you also encounter some pretty caustic, narrow views that have no place in reasonable discourse.

Recently, I’ve had to ban some commenters because they added nothing to the conversation besides venom. I just banned another commenter tonight. These people are most certainly the exception, not the rule.

However, I wanted to state for the record that commenting on this site is a privilege, not a right. I never wanted to have to say this, but I suppose it’s inevitable on a political blog.

So to all who comment here, let me reiterate my personal commenting philosophy: make your points and make them well; leave foul language and attacks out of it.

Like I said before, most of you do a great job presenting arguments and observations, and therefore add a great deal to our conversations here. But to those of you who simply want to name call and throw insults around, please leave. The only outcome of posting a comment like that is you’ll look really bad and you’ll be banned from ever commenting on this site again.

Now back to our randomly scheduled commenting…

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