I just removed three comments that included entirely gratuitous contemptuous language toward the President. (I left up posts containing disrespectful language toward the President that was at least related to the topic under discussion.)
Please note that my favorite blog in the world no longer allows readers to post comments. I really would like to avoid emulating that aspect of SCOTUSblog. But neither the No Man nor I have the time to sift through all of the comments posted on CAAFlog to remove the gratuitously offensive ones. The only real alternatives are: (a) self-policing commentators who are occasionally pushed back into line by a deleted comment; (b) no comments; or (c) a highly regulated and inefficient marketplace of ideas in which only comments by a select few are allowed or in which there is an inordinate delay before comments are posted to allow them to be vetted, thereby eliminating any opportunity for a virtual conversation in the comments. I much prefer option (a), but it requires all of our cooperation. Of course, most of our readers who post comments contribute to a civil, informed conversation — and we sincerely appreciate that. I wouldn’t want to silence those voices in order to root out the uncivil and the gratuitously offensive.