I have a few liberal friends who delete comments from thier sites if they don't like them or if they espouse a different point of view. That's their business, but I think it's ridiculous. I believe in the first amendment all the time, including when I don't like what people are saying.
I've deleted three comments over the life of this blog. One was libelous (towards someone other than myself) and the other two included hate language. I just don't tolerate that sort of thing and it also is against Blogger's terms and conditions.
A couple of days ago, I wrote a post about anonymity on the Internet. I used the example of the KKK it illustrate the sort of anonymity I find contemptible. It was a good usage and I stand by it. I never accused anyone of being a member of the KKK. So if you're one of the commenters saying I did, KNOCK IT OFF.
That said, the image of the KKK is now lurking in the comment section and understandably evoking anger. As always, I encourage free speech, bawdy humor, heated and polite disagreements and all the other things the comment section affords. But please, everyone behave like the witty, interesting, smart people you are.
In one week, Barack Obama will step into the Oval Office. It's time to celebrate the victory that represents over hate and bigotry. It's time to stand tall.