[Meta] This subreddit has nothing to be ashamed of
Today, Ann Coulter did an AMA and was ruthlessly downvoted. This has lead some people to suggest that this was a shameful way for our community to react to a different opinion and that we should all be ashamed of ourselves.
While I did not personally downvote any of her comments, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing so. We would not tolerate any other form of hate speech or the like and it is entirely within the rights of the users to downvote as they like.
Can we have an adult conversation about politics with someone having another viewpoint? Probably not.
But that's fine, too. This is not a non-partisan news organization. We are a community of people who have the express right and duty to upvote content that WE deem worthwhile and to downvote that material which we do not.
People are ALWAYS downvoted for dissenting opinions. Try talking shit about Firefly or Emma Watson or Christina Hendricks and you can do a physics project on how long it takes your karma to hit bottom.
Assuming karma is affected by gravity and we ignore air resistance, of course.
Ann Coulter has proven time and time again that she has nothing to offer the political discussion, but vitriol and hate. She used her own inability to login as a means of attacking Obamacare.
Did she give Obamacare a fair chance? Did she present a non-partisan viewpoint?
So, why should we?
This does not belittle us. Letting people spew hate and doing nothing belittles us as a community.
We would not tolerate this kind of behavior on any other topic nor should we tolerate it in this case.
Good for you, reddit. Good for you.