I attempted to log in to my RedState account the other night only to discover that it had been deleted.
I did a cursory search of the site to see if I could discover why, but didn't find anything. Then again, I only spent about a minute and a half looking for it, anyway.
Even though I was an avid reader of the site, I was an infrequent commenter, and my recollection of my last post there was that I was in a somewhat spirited disagreement with one of the members on some issue or other. I don't recall using profanity, or committing any other violations of the terms of service in force there.
Apparently, someone there with the hook felt otherwise.
As those of you who are regular readers of RedState know, Erick Erickson decided a while back to ban "truthers" and "birthers" from the pages of his site. I am neither, though I do question Obama spending $2 million to hide much of his past.
Fine. RedState is a private site started by Mr. Erickson, and he has the right to ban anyone he wishes for any reason he chooses, or for no reason at all.
My problem with it is that when you become so heavy-handed with the "it's my way or the highway" approach that you start banning conservatives from your "conservative" site with whom you disagree, you begin to move toward Charles Johnson territory, and your credibility will eventually suffer. After all, Little Green Footballs is now a mere shadow of its former self.
I certainly hope RedState isn't heading in that direction, but I have to wonder if Mr. Erickson's having recently landed a TV gig at the Communist News Network doesn't have something to do with all this.
Anyhow, it doesn't much matter to me, as I will no-longer be reading RedState, which I had been doing since the site first began.
That also means I will no-longer be posting links to RedState articles on any of the other blogs I avidly participate in, such as HotAir, NewsBusters, and many others.
I don't put up with or promote speech fascism on the part of liberals, and that goes double when it comes to so-called conservatives.