Dear Jason, Ted, Jeff and Denise
Please accept this blogpost as my formal resignation from your blog aggregator "Liblogs".
I have taken a good long time over the past week to make this decision and I have made it with a certain degree of regret.
I have been a member of Liblogs since December 2005/January 2006. I have always thought it to be a great place for Liberals to exchange, at times, contrarian views with one another.
The recent events in the middle east has drawn an incredible amount of difficult debate to this forum. A debate that hadn't taken place before within the confines of this forum. The debate spilled into the public realm and took a turn that none of us could have conceivably predicted.
It seems we are not alone. The world is in one giant, massive debate over the same issue at present.
I do feel, as some others have already expressed, that some of the debate was stifled and/or censored on this site. In hindsight I can honestly say that perhaps one or two of the incidents warranted it. For the most part however, I feel the debate was well represented - even educational at times.
I did not appreciate the notice that Jason posted on the aggregator suggesting the "official" position of "Liblogs" on the mideast debate. An official position would have been that of an aggregator that is the sum of its parts. Your message claimed to be the sum of 5 parts out of hundreds of members.
For this reason I tender this resignation.
I thank you for allowing me to participate on this site for as long as I have and I look forward to your continued acts of Liberalism that may help a party in need of a change for the better.
James C. Curran
The "What Do I Know Grit"