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Banning Bloggers -- I've Heard Enough Singing From the NetRoots

08/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

I'm the first to admit I am hard-headed.

and the readers laugh

I make a decision on something, and I get passionate about it. As if I'm leading a cult, I whip a frenzy of followers into getting passionate too and we march into battle.

Then somewhere along the lines, usually while marching, I realize I am probably being a wee bit extreme about the whole thing and maybe, just maybe, there is a more sensible way to approach this whole 'battle.' Which may or may not have really been a battle in the first place.

I'd like to think the difference between myself, and (for example) the community over at Daily Kos, is somewhere along the lines I catch myself and adjust.

I calm down.

I think.

I listen.

I do this, usually, while continuing to stand up for what I believe, adjusting my fight, and making sure I do all of the above in a manner that won't SCREW my candidate.

I was willing to give my passionate friends over at Kos a hat tip and nod after the FISA uproar. I was willing to let the NetRoots be fringe, or bleeding edge-as the kid's say.

Then they went and banned my friend (and Huffington Post blogger)Lee Stranahan.

Daily Kos. Banning.

No, no...really.

The liberal, 'censorship sucks, we hate those who won't listen to our point of view' blog of the NetRoots, Daily Kos.

Now I'm convinced they are extremists who are no better than the Neo-Con, censoring, fundies.

Can I just remind you, oh holier than thou NetRoots...the Democratic candidate is a man who brings everyone to the table. He hears everyone out. He strives to make everyone work together- regardless of extremism.

I may not LIKE or support the idea of offshore drilling, but I do understand that we can't just shut out one point of view. I may not LIKE the compromise on FISA, but I sure as hell understand that we need to take small steps in order to take giant ones. I may not LIKE that a liberal blogger is talking about the alleged Edwards affair, but I sure as HELL need to listen and be AWARE.

You can keep sticking your fingers in your ears and singing lalalalalalalalalalalalala. It's one of my own favorite go-to moves. But trust me, in the end I catch myself. Because I just spent 8 years with an administration that sang a lot and didn't listen. With a nation of conservatives hell bent on refusing to hear why I didn't want prayer in my schools and why I wanted to control my own reproduction.

They didn't want to listen. And once in power, they felt they didn't have to listen.

Flash forward to 2008 and the power of the blogosphere.

You may not want to listen. Hell, I don't want to listen.

But you have to listen.

Hold candidates accountable, reasonably march into battle....

...just take your fingers out of your damn ears and make room at the table for everyone.

*editor's note: Lee Stranahan is tonight's guest on Sunday Inquisition. Let's hear it right from him....

Erin Kotecki Vest is usually over at Queen of Spain Blog causing trouble. Or behaving. Depending.