Since it is specific to the topics of this forum (the second amendment), yes that would fly. The problem comes into play when someone goes off on a rant about the liberal media with no focus on our topics or about the candidate's stand on other issues.
Originally Posted by SelfDefense
And, I really do appreciate the respect that members show each other, including the interest in test their political thoughts and ideas against other members. My concern is that we would not be able to separate a political argument from spilling over into other areas of the forum. Politics (and religion) very much encourage the "us and them" attitude and once started, it is very difficult to stop.
Originally Posted by Kerbouchard
I absolutely agree that this is the most important election of our time. The threats to our gun rights, along with all of our other rights are very much, IMO, real. Outside of our mutual interest in guns, the Second Amendment, concealed carry and probably a few other areas, we are a diverse group that have very different beliefs. And, that's what makes the world go around. There are certain things I don't want to know about our members. Things that might make me forget my attempts to keep my biases out of the forum. The one most of you are aware of is that I don't want to know about your hatred for police officers. I also would not wish to know some of your stands on abortion or religion. I don't want to know that, at some point, you hit a woman or roughed up an unruly child. I don't want to know that you drown puppies, eat boogers, or prefer deviant sexual acts. I don't want to know that you, after getting screwed by an employer, stole something to get even. I don't want to know that you hate this country, dodged the draft or don't support our troops. I also don't want to know that you would vote for someone that would summarily take away my Second Amendment rights or raise my taxes. Knowing any of these things would likely change my attitude about individual members of the forum. It would also, undoubtedly, create change the attitudes of many members of the forum. And once
The upcoming election, is perhaps one of the most important elections since Lincoln was elected, and it will bring about a 'change' in the way our rights are protected and in the way our rights are exercised.
I do wish there was a way to compromise so that the members whose judgment I value would have a way to express their feelings and thoughts so that we could all make a more informed choice.
that happens, divisiveness begins.
With all of that said, I will refrain from starting or posting in purely political threads, as per your wishes, but I do wish there was a way where the members of this forum were able to exchange all ideas and learn from each other.
I most certainly appreciate it. I really do.
We are, however, guests in Bumper's house and I will defer to any and every decision he makes.