Of course, when Sarah Palin’s church burned, I knew my first stop had to be the comment section of the Puffington Host. As usual, it is chock-full of hate-filled remarks–lots of joy over there whenever something bad happens to people with whom they disagree–but this time I noticed that there’s actually a template that many of them follow: Make a modest expression of disapproval, then launch into a rant about how Palin deserved it anyway. Like so: “Arson is never the answer, BUT….”
As if their token moral caveat excuses the sentiment.
Okay, enough complaining. Time to suggest a solution. If your website allows comments, you should require commenters to post their name and town (maybe more) next to their remarks. Anonymity is the shield that these destructive simpletons hide behind, and their remarks are ripping great gaps into the civil fabric of our society. They’re like guys wearing ski masks to rob a liquor store–time to take away the ski masks.
Everybody talks about the angry and destructive nature of the current political climate, but nobody does anything about it. If the HP is interested in anything other than getting people worked up–if they care about solutions and not just complaints–they should do this. So should every site, right or left, that accepts comments.
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