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Jesse Kelly Banned from Twitter: Is This Tweet Really the Reason?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 9:53 pm

Twitchy reports that a fella named Jesse Kelly has been permanently banned from Twitter. No explanation has been given.

Instapundit says this is the final straw, and has deactivated his Twitter account in protest.

Although Twitchy doesn’t know what the reason for the ban is, they cite a lot of replies from lefties about a tweet concerning the confederacy. A friend passes along the tweet. Is this tweet why he was banned?

You don’t have to agree with that opinion to believe that it doesn’t justify a permanent ban from Twitter.

It’s almost like there’s actually something to conservatives’ complaints about a bias on the part of the lefties who run the thing.


  1. State’s rights was revisionist history dating to after the war. The documents at the time attributed it to slavery. A lot of the people going along with the decision did so because of state/regional loyalties ultimately due to residue of the English Civil War, or because they were democrats (not republicans) and hence couldn’t care less what the Constitution actually said.

    What it comes down to, the Democrats massively screwed up their 1860 convention and Presidential nomination, then threw a hissy fit because they lost. The braver and more honest ones were the Confederates. The others were Copperheads. (I dislike McClellan and Johnson, but do not know that I can fairly convict them of being Copperheads.)

    We are fortunate that the modern Democrats have turned out far fewer Confederates than Copperheads in their latest hissy fit. Many of them are still democrats, and still behaving in a very similar way.

    Forums aren’t worth the time and energy of speaking at if you cannot trust the administration to treat you fairly.

    Comment by BobtheRegisterredFool — 11/25/2018 @ 10:19 pm

  2. I think I’ll kill my Twitter account today, not that I’ve done anything with it in the last several years, but it will make me feel good in the short term. And given this terrible sinus infection I’m battling I’ll take any good feelings I can get right now.

    Good bye Twitter!

    Comment by Sean — 11/26/2018 @ 11:12 am

  3. For all those who claim the Civil War was about states rights here you go, from The Cornerstone Speech, by the Confederate VP Alexander Stephens (circa 1860):
    “Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. “

    Comment by TomM — 11/26/2018 @ 3:36 pm

  4. If he was VP of the CSA that early, he was most likely complicit in the convention screw up that cost the Democrats the 1860 Presidential election. (Lincoln had less the a majority of the popular vote. Potentially the Democrats could have won if they had run one candidate instead of three.) He had incentive to dress up things in a way he thought nice. He had the luxury of deciding his excuse ahead of time.

    Most of the actual fighting men did not have the luxury of so much advance notice. They mostly likely made the decision much faster on the basis of tribal instinct. States’s Rights were a decision they made about their motivations much later, which seemed defensible to them at the time.

    If it is fair to presume that Stephens spoke for every Confederate fighting man, it is equally fair to presume that the feminist who said that women owed Clinton blowjobs spoke for every Democrat who backed the Democratic Party then and after. ‘The Civil War was about slavery’ is perhaps akin to saying that Democratic political activity after the ’90s was about protecting Bill Clinton’s right to rape with impunity. If we offer modern Democrats the charity of presuming that they might sincerely oppose rape, we might as justly suppose that the actual Confederate fighting man might have had a range of opinions not represented by the people who made the decision to start the war.

    Comment by BobtheRegisterredFool — 11/26/2018 @ 4:10 pm

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