This 2006 Senate race will have one sure victim at the end of the day: The VA Blogosphere. Instead of being, what it was until three months ago, a place for regular people to engage in the issues and the politics of the day, it has turned into a can-you-top-this of muckracking, race-baiting, near-libel, and blatant attacks. Its a disgrace. This. All Of This. This.
I'm sick of it all. I' sick of macaca, of Jew baiting, of everything. I'm sick of videos, YouTube, and ever single dirty trick played by everyone.
I got on the blogosphere about a year ago, hoping to talk intellegently, with partisanship, about issues facing the country and Virginia. I wanted to bring a young conservative view point, but also dialogue and learn from everyone. Men like Lowell Feld, Ben Tribbit, Jim Reilly, and a host of others on both sides (who's work I normally have loved) has decended this medium into the toilet. Instead of Iraq or taxes or immigration or energy or Iran this has all turned in racism, sexism, "nigger," macaca, "you hate Jews" "No you do!", hatefilled attacks, dragging widows into the frey, combing over every inch of every segment of every persons past leaving no room for the fact that these people are normal humans like you and me who have all said dumb things and all now room for growth. Allen hates black people. Webb hates women. You know what, I've said the n-word. I said it yesterday. If I want t run for office one day and try and help people-looks like I'm disqualified for saying something dumb at age 25. We have all made sexist jokes to our friends, and have laughed. Don't one person dare come on here and say they have never said any of this. Cause everyone has. We are holding these men to too high a standard that we are making political office unreachable and undesireable for anyone.
I was not at the Martinsburg conference, but from what I heard it was a great event where everyone got together and agreed to try and make this sphere of politics into something respectable. Now, both sides of the debate have together through the garbage posted in the last few months have together made this medium into a laughingstock. If blogging wasn't theraputic for me, I would quite now. I'm close. Very close.
We want this medium to work and to be taken seriously. Now all we are are political hitmen who get to say what the candidates cant because we are unregulated and get to post whatever the hell we want. Sometimes we are right, sometimes not. Nowardays, that no longer matters. Its all about getting the other guy. This isn't election about a Senate in Virignia. This is about trying to DESTROY both men, and I'm done with that. This is ridiculous. Our medium is turning into a joke, because all we are doing now is trying to top each other is attempting to destroy the other person. Have I been involved? Sure. After reading this thing on NLS about Allen dropping the N-bomb in college--which I did and I gaurentee millions of people have--and all the posts below had just disgusted me beyond words. This is not about winning anymore. The filth at Raising Kaine has shown that for months now. We aren't debating issues like I wanted too. Maybe I was a naieve 25 year old, but this is not what I wanted to happen to this medium. We have the power to let every person into the polticial debate, and we are turning into a joke.
All of us, all bloggers, need to stop a minute and look and what we are writing. God knows if anyone will take us seriously ever again.