Thursday, February 08, 2007


WASHINGTON D.C.--Yes, it was a shock to all of us here that profanity was used on a blog, a shaking of the pillars of our society. But it appears life would continue as it always has when John Edwards decided to keep bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwen on his campaign team:

"I talked personally to the two women who were involved. They gave me their word they, under no circumstances, intended to denigrate any church or anybody's religion and offered their apologies for anything that indicated otherwise. I took them at their word," Edwards told reporters during a campaign stop in Charleston, S.C. (AP, 02.08.2007)

Yes, they used the dreaded "f-word", and others, which are known to rip the flesh from the average human face when they are uttered. The ground is sometimes known to swallow the one who uttered it, as proven by alchemy and scryers in the known world. Non-story. Non-issue. Non. John Edwards decides who is on his campaign, not the Catholic League's Bill Donohue.

Look, the blogs are like the Frontier was: there's no decorum here, it's like an episode of Deadwood or something. The language is coarser, there's more of a sense of the "plebian" or the "proletarian." All I can say is get-over-it, they're just words. These are unpleasant times, and debate and tempers get heated. We all say and write things we regret, but we can live-and-learn from these mistakes. The most important goal of this site is hooking people up with links to what are hopefully primary-sources. We don't have to agree on everything, which is what's exciting about a democracy. It at least should have some adversarial qualities, and sometimes it seems we're fighting when all we're really doing is misunderstanding each other.

Now, this is an obvious limitation of the internet as it is now, a view I agree with. Face-to-face is crucial, but in the abscence of the ability to do this, we can still exchange a lot of ideas. The distancing can help us get the dialog going, and sometimes it's better than things degenerating into street-fighting in the real world. It's a good feeling to get these frustrations off our chests through the internet. This guy William Donohue is a nobody, just another voice in the stratosphere, and he just lost the war.