Greetings lots of people I will never meet. I needed to find a way to discuss politics that was intelligent and didn't completely alienate my friends beyond the few that already defriended me on facebook based off of my attempts to have an actual discussion that didn't revolve around name calling and the extreme ends of the political spectrum. I did some googling and a little lurking and figured this place could be a good place to start. Personally I tend to a combination of liberal and libertarian views, and am strangely optimistic about what we can be as a country. I often learn as a result of vigorous debate, so I look forward to people disagreeing with me, because the more ideas I throw at the wall the more I can identify which ones I actually relate too. I have high hopes that this board can actually fill a gap since my social circle is kind of down on political discussion, so here goes nothing.