Starting over?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Vanquish, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. Vanquish
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    Let me start by acknowledging that I'm new around these parts. Allow me to go further and say that I haven't always lived up to the code of conduct I wish I had on these boards.

    That being said, is it possible that we could all have a "come-to-Jesus" meeting about a few topics?

    1. Insults - are they really necessary? You might come on here to vent against your enemies in the most vile way possible, but I don't think that's the purpose of the forum. Let me know if I'm wrong about that.

    2. Sweeping categorization - "Conservatives just think they own the world." "Libtards want to shred the constitution." - talk like this is as surgical as a rusty spork. All libs and all conservatives don't ALL agree all the time.

    I realize we're mostly adults here and that it's very easy to say "just don't take things so seriously"...but isn't that a cop out? I mean why waste the energy to post this stuff and try to engage others in conversation if it's just going to devolve so quickly?

    Again, let me repeat, I'm not trying to act holier than thou...was just appealing to everyone's better instincts to see if we could dial it back on these two issues. I realize that internet forums are free for alls (I go to one where posting the vilest thing possible IS the purpose of the whole place) and anywhere else this might just be spitting into the rain.

    I'm going to make a renewed effort on my part. Anybody with me?
     
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    Just one question...

























    Where are you finding metal sporks?
     
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    You make some good points but i hate centrist more than anything else. I view them as people who have no real opinions because their job is to agree with everyone else. Its the same 'lets be in the middle disease' that this country has.
     
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    Shut the hell up you worthless Libtard!!!!

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    I'm not asking everyone to be Centrists. I'm not even asking everyone to come to an agreement about a particular topic. Disagree all you want...just can we do it without the crass overgeneralizations and insults that muck everything up?

    (BTW, I see acknowledge your point about Centrists. One way of looking at the IS to think that it's simply giving up and wanting a kind of fake agreement. To me, Centrism is going with either side - whichever has the better idea. Neither side has the better answer 100% of the time. Centrism acknowledges that)

    Anyway...was hoping for a little more civil disagreement is all.
     
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    Here in reality, pretty much everything has a middle-ground and it's much better than the extremes. Socrates called them virtues.

    Don't like socialism? Fine, i don't either. But you know where unfettered capitalism leads? Monopolies, which basically equates to total corporate rule. You wouldn't want that any more than you'd want total government control.

    For shits and giggles, let's take eating habits. One side of the extreme is gluttony, the other is anorexia (basically). I can't think of any reason to argue for one being better than the other as both are extremely unhealthy, thus you'll find most people somewhere around the middle.
     
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    You're basically backseat moderating. I don't disagree with anything you've said here, but this won't do any good. If someone is here to be loud and unreasonable, this won't stop them. In fact, it might only encourage them as it's a lot easier to be loud and unreasonable from behind the safety of a vague user name than it is anywhere in real life.
     
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    You make a fine point. I wasn't trying to backseat moderate, but I can see that as a valid view of my post. The chances always were 999 out of 1000 that no one would join in, but I thought I'd take the chance.
     
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    I'm all for a higher level of dialogue. I have hope that we will see it someday. But I don't see a problem with labels if they are accurate.

    Just saying.
     

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