I don't believe I employed a heavy hand with the ban-hammer, comparatively speaking. In fact, I think I showed restraint, for reasons I'll discuss later. But the time to call out AD was in the past, which I have done twice within the past month, first on March 21
, then on April 3
. I shouldn't have to repeat myself, so rather than resort to words again, for which I would get words in return, I chose action. Since he posted two warmongering opinion columns without the amending commentary that I requested, I suspended him for the implicit warmongering that his commentary, had he dissented from Weinberg, would have avoided.
Both issues are related, but probably not in the way you think. It was because AD didn't strictly adhere to a suggestion that I reduced
the suspension I gave him. Originally, I was going to ban him for an entire week, which is the standard I have set in my suspension of other members that broke rules after receiving an official warning. While discussing the situation with 82_28, he thought I should give him a warning unless I had done so previously. Since I had, but for a different offense, I decided that three days was a good compromise.
Yes, I understand that you and others here don't agree with my call. But this is an effort on our parts to maintain consistency here - we are not asking American Dream to do anything that we would not ask any other member to do - it's just that we don't have
to ask most other members. They just do it on their own accord, either out of a desire to clarify or maybe just simple courtesy. It shouldn't have to be an exercise in pulling teeth. Hopefully as a result of my action it won't be in the future.
"Huey Long once said, “Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism.” I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."
-Jim Garrison 1967