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Democracy in action

Countryaboveself.com may well have become my new favourite website. Partly because it proves that Poe’s Law holds for extreme political opinions as well as extreme religious ones (is it real, or a joke set up by some Wonkette readers with a lot of spare time?), partly because its readers apparently consider Alberto (“I don’t recall“) Gonzales the greatest American patriot, but largely because of its voting policy.

You see, anyone can nominate a patriot or traitor, casting a vote that affects the rankings on the front page. Very democratic. Except that anyone who disagrees with the prevailing opinion is banned from voting – as shown in this list. So, democrats are prevented from voting – it’s a bit like Florida.

Of course, one might very well point out that this kind of policy goes against the great American ideal of free speech. The irony is evidently lost on the site’s creators, though, as shown by a quote from Winston Churchill displayed proudly further down the page:

Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.

Quite so. Also, I’d love to know why one user was banned for nominating “truck nut again truck nut” as a traitor. Or, indeed, why they made this nomination in the first place.

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