I admit it, I'm addicted to this place. It's going to be very difficult for me to turn out the light on this community for a whole week. Frankly, I don't know how I'll manage it. But it's only right.
I'll give Markos the benefit of the doubt in assuming that he's busy, he doesn't pay close attention to the daily ins and outs, things had degenerated badly, people were calling for moderation. So he came in, mid-argument, and just stomped. At first, I was pleased. Some of the nastiest people will stop tossing poison into every diary, I thought. But then, I began to look closely, and realized he was throwing out the good with the bad. He was silencing some of the very voices this blog needs to hear the most, and doing it carelessly.
If the entire purpose of Daily Kos were political action, it wouldn't be so important. But right on the banner it says "community." A community is a fragile thing; it can't be nurtured by stomping. It takes care. I'm hoping this group silence will cause him to take a second look, rethink his approach, and make repairs. If not, our action is still necessary. We're supposed to be the good guys. If we can't stop, think about what we are saying, listen to one another, grow beyond our egos and evolve, how can we call ourselves progressives?
I'll be counting the days.