Friends, please listen up. I’m trying to find a way to help an online friend.
A guy named Tim who runs a blog called “Defining My Conservatism” crossed my path recently. We followed each other and stuff. We had some engaging interactions and I consider him to be a kindred spirit in the political world, although we reside on different sides of the proverbial aisle.
I just got word from our mutual friend Cathy that his twitter account @myconservatism has been suspended, apparently because of a one word tweet about Obama.
Apparently some people are “flagging” twitter accounts. Not because they did anything to break the rules but merely because they expressed an opinion different than their own. I find this sort of thing repugnant. If this world was only populated with people who had the same opinion as me I’m sure some would still find a way to call the other 99% assholes.
This is my plea. This is my call-to-action. Do what you can in the name of friendship and the American way. Do it because you’re my friend. Do it because you hate me. I don’t care why, really, but if you feel so motivated, anything you can do to help will be appreciated. I don’t care what side of the aisle you are on. I hope you’ll agree that this sort of thing should not be allowed to happen.
- Visit the Defining My Conservatism blog and express your support.
- Tweet and mention @myconservatism and express your support. I’m told it helps if you also mention @support and @twitter in your tweet.
- If you know any way to help a person who has had a Twitter account suspended, please comment below and let me know. I’ll pass it along to Tim.
We shouldn’t attempt to shut down voices simply because they disagree with our own point of view. We’re supposed to have freedom of speech in this country. It’s supposed to be a pretty special and unique kind of thing. What happened to Tim was portrayed to me as a thing done by progressives against conservatives, but I’ll bet its more bipartisan than that. Whatever. Either way it’s wrong and needs to stop.
Thanks for whatever you can do!