So last night I was commenting on a diary, as I do from time to time here. I've wandered in and out of Daily Kos depending on what's happening in my life, in politics and if there happens to be anything good on TV.
Mostly, I've felt welcome and have joined some great discussions about issues I'm passionate about. I've never felt that the fact I've never authored a diary to be any particular problem to anyone here.
Until last night.
Last night I was told that since I hadn't ever authored a diary I had no right to comment on someone else's diary. My first thought was "Who died and made you kos?" but maybe I've been kidding myself all along.
See, I live in Wyoming. Even more so, I live in Park County, the reddest of the red here. To keep the loons from completely taking over, I'm a registered Republican. I hate it, but I need to vote in the Repub primary to keep people like this guy from coming to power. So coming to Daily Kos is a refuge for me. Here is where I come so that I can remember that not everybody thinks the president was born in Kenya and that the federal government is really trying to take away our freedoms some unspecified way.
So yeah, the implication that maybe I shouldn't be here was kind of upsetting. So I ask you, people of the Great Orange Satan, do you think that people who come here just to comment are important members of the community or just annoyances?