--- by Videmus Omnia
[Videmus Omnia comments at Alaska's progressive blogs, including PA, and writes at Conservatives4Palin.com. This essay is the result of AK Muckraker's defense today of anonymity across the wide American political spectrum.]
This is the first, and possibly the only, time that I will agree with a post at the anti-Palin blog "The Mudflats", and ask our readers to visit there.
Most of you have probably figured this out, but I'm not a talented writer or philosopher like RAM, or an overall visionary like JR. I don't have the technical skills of Mel, Hal, or Sinistar or the political street cred of Adam or Josh.
I'm pretty much just a working stiff. My main gig here at C4P is mostly to be the "media bias guy." So I do my best to watch what's happening in the media, both nationally and in Alaska. I also have the job of watching the anti-Palin blogs so I can see what rumors are percolating and need to be addressed or debunked. I try to keep an eye on all the Palin blogs I can find, from the scummiest Trig Truther site to the Huffington Post.
The blogs I regularly watch include the main left-wing Alaskan bloggers, like The Mudflats, Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis, Progressive Alaska, and Shannyn Moore's personal site. I'm registered on most of them and occasionally comment there. I even correspond with them, and with Alaskan reporters, on a civil and respectful basis when there is a factual inaccuracy or some other issue that needs to be addressed.
If you don't follow those sites, you may have missed a controversy. The anonymous proprietor of Mudflats was involuntarily outed by Democratic state Representative Mike Doogan.
You may have noticed that I blog anonymously. So do others here at C4P, while some like RAM and Joey proudly write under their real names. There are many reasons to write anonymously, going back to the earliest days of the Republic. I think the main reason nowadays, in this age of Google, is that expressing political opinions can harm your employment prospects if your prospective employer happens to be of a different political persuasion than you.
AKMuckraker, the proprietor of Mudflats, noticed our recent dust-up with Jay Ramras over his hypocrisy on absences from Juneau, and Ramras' call for us to "step out of the shadows." And I even got an e-mail myself from Mike Doogan, in response to my criticism of Ramras, which said "If you want to have any impact at all on me, you have to use your real name." This was echoed by Democratic Rep. Berta Gardner, who told me "Anonymous correspondence, regardless of the topic, is junk email."
(Let me add that I find it the height of irony when Mudflats is battling a Democrat and C4P is battling a Republican.)
Anyway, AKM has written an entry supporting the right of bloggers at C4P to speak freely. And I salute her for that. We're all believers in the Constitution here at C4P, and we recognize that no matter how bitterly we disagree with our opponents, no matter what their political persuasion, they are still Americans, and human beings deserving of respect. (Except the Trig Truthers, they're just subhuman scum.)
So, thank you, AKM.
OK, enough of the kumbaya bullcrap.
Let's get back to the fight.