Anyone who reads RedState on a regular basis knows by now that the contributors who lend content to the site aren’t shills for Republicans in Congress.
And it’s that dogged independence that gives so much credibility to the conservative blogosphere -- credibility that simply doesn't exist on the left, where blogs like the Puffington Host [sic.] and Daily Kos serve as a bulletin board for standard Democratic talking points, and where opposing viewpoints are shouted down from view.
RedState contributors and other conservative bloggers work to advocate a core set of ideals and beliefs – and these are the ideas that’ve helped grow the conservative movement in the past, and allow it to continue its growth in the present in a manner that’s both unabated and unapologetic.
While I’m generally on the same page with the readers and contributors here at RedState, there have been times where we weren’t exactly on the same paragraph – but there has never been a time when I dismissed the valuable discourse that this site fosters on a daily basis.
That open debate not only keeps RedState on the forefront of conservative blogs, but the new features on RedState 3.0 stand to ensure that this blog stays on the cutting edge for a long time to come.
A value can’t be placed on the keen insight that thoughtful dialogue promotes and fosters. I believe that the Democratic Party is at a significant disadvantage because of their lack of online discourse, though it is hardly surprising that that is the case.
This is a party, after all, that seems to actively discourage the very discourse that the medium of blogging was created to foster. That’s never been clearer than it has been so far this year. First we saw the Democratic leadership block a needed update to our nation’s foreign surveillance laws -- simply because they knew it would pass. We’ve watched them pass bill after bill under rules that wouldn’t allow any debate and now their party is taking every possible step to avoid having a vote to allow Americans to produce more American energy.
Clearly those few examples prove that the majority simply doesn’t have enough confidence in their ideas to bring them to the floor with full debate and a chance to vote on amendments – much less allow the free market of ideas to have their way with them.
So, as RedState celebrates its fourth birthday this year, I want to thank each of you for fostering debate, allowing me to talk directly to the heart of the conservative movement, and cutting through the filter of the mainstream media.
Keep up the good work, congratulations on your new site launch and thanks for helping us fight the good fight.