Forum Administrator RC Colas® & Moon Pies®
Date registered: Oct 2006
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I'm asking Jim.
I am a registered Republican who came to the Off Topic forum because it seemed interesting and informative. The was even an opportunity for a joker like me to blow off some steam and possibly entertain other posters with what I hoped would be some original posts and some fun polls. I was here to choose from the 'lite' menu.
Unfortunately, I arrived at a time when Republican 'leadership' was starting to become exposed as a deceitful, opportunistic group in the thrall of a few men whose egos were larger than their capability to run our nation. This unfortunate fact was discovered early by some vocal (some would say abusively so) participants of this forum who used any means at their disposal to voice their outrage and indignation.
This gave me pause. I had seen what I considered stunningly intelligent responses to difficult questions by these folks. Why, I wondered, was this approach abandoned when the discussion turned political?
Man,(in this case, the right side of the forum) being a creature of some habit, naturally tried to defend that which he thought was unthinkable. No one wants to admit that they have chosen incorrectly and many took up the defense of the indefensible. There was a great deal of intelligence displayed by these posters as well but surprisingly, I would frequently watch the wheels come off as their arguments would dissolve into what amounted to the "Oh yeah, so what?" defense.
I freely admit that while my vote went to someone other than my party's candidate, I was becoming embarrassed by the actions of the 'leaders' of my chosen political party. I understood the pain that many here were exposing as they tried to make sense of recent events.
So why didn't I jump in to help? Remember. I'm here for fun, first. Not blood.
Beyond that, there was that insistent, strident voice. Screaming obscenities when reasoning and cajoling failed. Had I not read those previously well stated, reasoned and frankly brilliant responses, I could have dismissed it as churlish behavior.
Instead, I saw it as using every means at a person's disposal. The last resort.
There was nothing left but to draw the gun, aim it and fire.
I reexamined. I read (as much as possible but a pitiful effort when stacked against many here). I watched.
The Democrats had a chance to at least put the train back on the tracks but failed. Now the argument has devolved to the point of who's gayer and what about the old days when someone else made mistakes of a sexual nature.
I can't argue politics like most here and honestly, I don't have the inclination. I enjoy watching the heavyweights slug it out.
I'm still Republican and not in the mood to change. I want real fiscal responsibility. I'll cross party lines if I need to. I want my vote to count. I want to trust my party again.
My question is, do I stay with 'Dig Lite' or just return to the 107 Forum from whence I came?
Can you tell me the answer? Jim?
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?