I posted a video of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's speech to the UN, slamming the use of fear as a political tactic. This is the video, in case you're interested.
Now, I'm not all that impressed with our Prime Minister. There are a number of things, particularly environmental and the issue of Canadian First Nation's rights, in which I disagree with our Prime Minister.
For the record, I'm quiet leftist for Canadian politics, which would put me so far left I'm off the scale in the United States.
That said, there are some times when the Prime Minister and I are in complete agreement. The video I shared happened to be one of those things.
Now, I have a one guy who has liked my page who is quite right wing. He'd probably be right centre in America, but for Canada, that's really pretty far on the right side of the spectrum. He was not the problem. His disagreement was very civil.
His mates, however...
There was this one guy who replied to agree with something someone else said. Then he commented again and went on a bizarre, unhinged tirade about the "vile and filthy left" something, something "climate alarmists taking away our freedoms" something, something, something.
Then he replied a third time, letting me know that he believed that Mr. Trudeau was not right. In fact, he was not right about anything.
Honestly, I wish I had gotten a screenshot of that little rant. It was, of course, all emotion and not a lick of fact, but that's what it's like being on the extreme edge - right or left (yes, fellow lefties, we have them too). But you know, I'm alright with that. You're the one making an ass of yourself. Go right ahead.
What I'm not alright with is the name calling, or threats of violence. Those comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be banned. Why? Because it's my wall, fuckers, and that means my rules.
CENSORSHIP! you scream.
I mean, yes, I suppose.
In this case, I deleted the rambling, nonsensical comment full of name-calling. His other posts, however, which did not resort to ad hominem attacks on a broad swath of people (and common fucking sense, but I digress), were left up; his agreement with someone else who disagreed with me, and his flat-out statement of disagreement remained.
Why? Because you're allowed to disagree with me. I don't take issue with that. I might take issue with your reasoning. I'll probably refute you, argue with you, tell you that I think you're very wrong. But you are still welcome to disagree with me, as long as you keep it civil. Because we're fucking civilised. Mostly.
Here's the thing, society works because we have an agreement of a baseline respect for one another. The minute that goes, then society crumbles. I mean, some people want that. They want to watch society dissolve. Again, I digress.
As a society, we must decide what is acceptable and what is not. And if we decide something is not acceptable, we must enforce that, stringently. To me, name calling and threats of violence are not acceptable (I'll talk about how I feel about actual violence at a later date). And I will enforce that. Stringently.
Your right to say whatever the fuck you want does not supersede the rights of your fellow followers to feel safe and included on my page. If that pains you, might a suggest a long period of introspection?
Right, I have writing to get done.