The Tea Party movement is known to be a haven for those who are disaffected with both political parties and the party line, and who want their voices to be heard. The mainstream media has made great efforts to silence those voices, painting the Tea Partiers as cranks, bigots, and racists.
There is a “democratic forum” at the website Tea Party Nation, which bills itself as part of the Tea Party movement and facilitates Tea Party conventions.
I posted a blog there, advocating an “even handed” U.S. policy toward Israel as a means to achieve a just and lasting peace. I made the case that blanket support of all Israeli actions and positions is not reasonable, and that certain neoconservative writers are being unfair when they claim that “America has now abandoned Israel.”
When I returned the following day, I saw that a dozen or so interesting responses had been posted, the comments were evenly divided pro and con, and none were objectionable or racist. The following day, I was banned from the website.
Apparently, there are hidden rules at Tea Party Nation governing discussion and debate on an “open forum.” First, I received a two-line message from a commenter who identified himself as Vern Shotwell. He declared, “You are anti-Semitic and also presumed to be a pacifist.” Within an hour, I was unable to return to the site,...