A certain person was just booted off of AR, and understandably a lot of people are upset about that. I am NO fan of censorship, and even though I thought what this person had said on several occasions was pretty foul, I did not ONCE flag the comments or blogs. I don't believe that we should necessarily be without any side of an issue- even the most crass, simplistic and vulgar viewpoints.
BUT, I am reminded of when Connecticut was pushing forward with the effort to ban smoking in bars and restaurants. Being a smoker at the time, I WAS TICKED. How can they tell us that we can't smoke and drink at the same time!!! That's my favorite thing in the whole wide world!!!!! :)
But you know what happened after the ban took place and all that nasty, worthless smoke was gone? People drank more... haha... Just kidding... we drank less- but the point is- we didn't STINK. That foul odor wasn't nesting in our hair every morning after a long night at the bar... :)
Looking back, getting rid of that putrid smoke was the best thing CT ever did. I hope the people that are upset about that certain person's exit will come to realize that he added nothing useful to the debate- and was often times overboard in his comments. He basically stunk up the place. And now he is gone, and so is the stench. Hopefully, that will turn out to be a good thing. Only time will tell.
Thank you AR for paying attention.
And to those who feel let down by AR for this, remember it was this person's own actions that caused this. Warnings, I am sure, were issued. So, don't blame the wrong people here. What is done is done, and I hope that the debate gets healthier now- and we don't drag it down anymore with outrageous behavior.