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Maggie/TX    Posted 10-25-2004 at 21:51:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been busy for over a week now working on a benefit for a guy with cancer, no insurance and a wife and 3 kids. It's finally over and I come back to find a civil war going on among folks I like. Get a grip folks and remember that you liked each other before you started talking about your political views. Hellooo?

The message board called "Common Ground" was abolished because it was for discussing politics and it was found that discussing politics only leads to arguements and fussing and trouble. Anybody remember that? Now, do we learn from our history or are we destined to repeat our sordid past over and over until we self destruct? (Yes, Les, I KNOW my grammer is less than perfect. Button it, dear:))

Somehow I can visualize God shaking his head and thinking about sending us all to a big old time-out if we don't start remembering that most folks don't like to be called names, even if the names are only, "Liberal" or "Conservative."

It really does offend me to have someone tell me which candidate is the worst of the two bad choices we have this year. I can think for myself, thanks. And I agree with those that say we HAVE to do something about changing the Electoral College system and the power that the two major political parties have acquired when we weren't paying attention. But I do feel that editorializing on one candidate or another of what we've got to work with this year is, at the very least, tacky. And getting into personal vendettas and school-yard blustering over politics is just sad.

Let's try to remember what is really important in life, ok? Family, friends, love, health, being able to look yourself in the mirror at night and say, "I did the best I could do today," that's the kind of stuff that is really important.

Ok, putting soapbox away for now. Maybe making a fire out of it tomorrow. ;)

Sweet dreams to all...good night.

Salmoneye    Posted 10-26-2004 at 07:13:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
People that believe that the 'Electoral College' should be abolished understand nothing about a representative 'democratic' republic...

They are the ones suffering under the delusion that this is a 'democracy'...

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is
a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!". -- Benjamin Franklin.

Cindi    Posted 10-26-2004 at 03:12:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know. I think a little political banter is the spice of life. The trouble is, some people don't know when to stop.

The common ground board, in my opinion, was shut down because the conversation there deteriorated into name-calling, insult hurling, and personal attacks. Consistently. There were too many personal battles going on to get it under control.

I LOVE discussing controversial subjects and have been accused of being a flamer and a troll on more than one occasion. Nothing could be further from the truth. I like to know people's opinions and hard as it may be to believe, I am exactly the same way on this board as I am at work, or in general public. If you sat down at my house with me over coffee or a beer, we're going to talk about issues, or frankly, I'm going to be bored. Furthermore, I will say what I think. Tactfully, but directly. I don't bend or sway to suit anybody's sensitivities...however, I am sensitive to other's opinions and respect them, whether I agree with them or not.

I happen to know several of our local political candidates personally. I vote for them or not depending on how I see them handle themselves in personal situations. When I see that a man is diplomatic with his children and fair and equitable with his wife, he has my vote. When I see a woman respond to mud-slinging with a level mind and tactful reply, then she has my vote. Too many times people resort to nastiness to make a point and frankly if they have to do that, then they probably don't have a point worth considering.

Some people are capable of 'policing their own behavior' and some are not. It's the ones who are not that are the death of good discussion forums.

Any reply or post that contains the word "you" is a mistake. I learned that a long time ago. If you have to leave that word out, its very hard to get personal. I leave it out. Unless its a compliment of course. (smile)

Doc    Posted 10-26-2004 at 05:16:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
A "troll"?

(notice I left the "you" out.)

Les    Posted 10-26-2004 at 03:03:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maggie, it offends me that you think we have two bad candidates. It offends me that you think that the Electoral College, which has served this country just fine, thank you, for over 200 years, needs to be changed or abolished. It offends me that you think it's wrong for someone to try to persuade another the see things his way. It offends me that you gratuitously call me "dear".
Well, not really.
People are too easily offended. They think that just because they are offended, somebody else has to change. Tain't so.

Dadgummit    Posted 10-26-2004 at 05:05:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
how'd you do that Les? you took the words right out of my finger tips. And, on top of that, you know how to spell gra-tui-tou-sly. You wouldn't be going high-flautin on us air ye?....gfp

Cindi    Posted 10-26-2004 at 03:16:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
It offends me that you gratuitously call me "dear". Well, not really.

Whew thank God! I gratuitously call you "dear" all the time. Sometimes "honey", even." (grin)

Yes, dear    Posted 10-26-2004 at 03:50:59       [Reply]  [No Email]

Aprille    Posted 10-26-2004 at 20:07:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think debate is cool and I don't take hearing both sides..

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