Blogroll Amnesty Day is Un-American
February 6, 2011 by William K. Wolfrum
Each year around this time, I’m contacted by a small cadre of political bloggers looking to push something they call “Blogroll Amnesty Day.” The idea behind this day is for big, important, A-List, nationally recognized bloggers like myself to give out links to small, unimportant, D-List, not-recognized-in-ther-own-home bloggers. Beginning this year, B.A.D. (as the cool kids call it) is dedicated to the memory of B.A.D. Co-founder Al Weisel, a gifted writer and satirist who blogged under the name of Jon Swift.
Now, in theory, B.A.D. is a nice little socialist plan dedicated to encourage everyone to read Marx and wear drab clothing. Essentially, I am supposed to mention such bloggers as the angrily communistic Litbrit, or the anarchistic Fabulously Jinxed, or the angrier communisticier anarchisticier The Hunting of the Snark.
I have twice taken part in B.A.D., mostly out of pity for co-creator skippy the bush kangaroo, who has long suffered from the nightmare of ShiftandCapsLockaphobia. This year, however, I have decided I will not be involved. You see, B.A.D. is un-American. And I will not be a part of it.
This, my friends, is the New American Way. Limited media ownership is what America is about. Freedom of Speech still reigns, but in a corporate-owned nation, that speech has now been bought and paid for by the select few. Independent small blogs and bloggers – such as Odd time Signatures, Freak Out Nation and Gay Persons of Color – are acting in a purely anti-American way when they try to add their voices to the limited media narrative.
Many Americans have a somewhat utopian view of the United States as a land of freedom, liberty, heroism, hot dogs, Black Eyed Peas, etc. But I live in the reality-based world. And in that reality, political opinion is the sole responsibility of the select few. It is not for blogs like Liberal Values, LT Saloon or Ramona’s Voices to thrust themselves into the political conversation. In a capitalistic society, money talks, and poor bloggers like David Seaton, Doctor Cleveland and Random Babble who don’t have two pennies to rub together have no business giving their two cents.