Not many people remember “ReaganBook,” the “Facebook for patriots,” which launched — and then folded — this past summer. Janet Porter, founder of Faith 2 Action, saw her short-lived ideological venture as a way to “tear down walls of tyranny” by “putting freedom on the offensive.” No — I have no idea what she was talking about, either. “ReaganBook” has now been rebranded “FreedomBook.”
The original ReaganBook was burned to the ground by trolls, who feast on sanctimonious blowhards for a living. You know the ones I’m talking about; folks on the ideological right who profess to love “freedom of speech,” while doing everything in their power to suppress it. People like Janet.
ReaganBook was taken offline to tweak the site’s coding and install security protocols meant to keep conservative conversations free from pesky distractions, such as dissenting opinion. Or, as Ms. Porter explained, to “keep the site free from obscenity, pornography, and those intent on the destruction of life, liberty, and the family.” Wait, what?
I’m getting pretty good at what George Orwell referred to as “Newspeak” in his dystopian novel 1984. Let me see if I can translate Janet’s gibberish: ‘We’re not going to tolerate potty mouthed pornographers around here, you dirty, jobless commies. And there’ll be no talk of on-demand late-term baby-killing, stealing from my Medicare to pay for Obama’s socialized medicine, and we’ll have none of that “equal rights,” gay marriage nonsense, either! So there!’
Janet took all the negative attention “ReaganBook” attracted and wore it as a badge of honor, saying “I think there are some people that are threatened by freedom of speech. People are used to the silencing of all dissent. That’s not what this country is founded on.” No, indeed, Ms. Porter.
Is anyone the least bit surprised then that FreedomBook is in the business of “silencing of all dissent?” That’s right, Janet’s new and improved “FreedomBook” is a ‘gated community’ of sorts on the Internet; only the “right” people are allowed inside. Word on the street is this: the trolls have already begun formulating plans to tunnel under the walls. Stay tuned …
H/T: Right Wing Watch | Image: FreedomBook screen-capture