I debated putting this in mud pit, but I really don't have a single mean or partisan thing to say on this post.
After several years of duking it out with the various partisan factions here on ATS (one of the smartest places I know on the Interwebz), I've
discovered there are two basic types of people or personalities. Partisanship aside, these two personality types apply across all political
Before I define them I would like to say a word about partisanship in general; many of us feel very strongly about one political affiliation or the
other. And many times discussions get heated, people get frustrated and words / insults get hurled (especially in mud pit). For my part I enjoy the
fray much of the time, which brings me to the subject of this post (the OP).
There are far more than a few people here who have wildly different political views than I do, but with whom I would gladly welcome at my table, or
gladly raise a toast to (grapejuice, coffee or wine) in celebration of our individuality. I enjoy debating many of these people as well, love turning
the rhetoric around the other way, and just debating in general. Of course there are also a select few who are just plain nasty, people whom have no
intention of friendly (or even heated) "debate", but rather those who lash out in anger. People who are petty, and unwilling to even read the other
side's viewpoint. These folks make political discussion here on ATS hard.
I am convinced that some of these people post with the sole intent of angering or agitating their political opponents to the point of frenzy (whether
professionally motivated or personally...either way, no matter). In the same breath there are those who, somehow we both know, we can agree to
disagree, make our respective points and not inflict harm. In fact, I can honestly say, one of the people most diametrically opposed to my personal
viewpoint I truly believe would be a good friend of mine in real life, even though we both know we vehemently disagree politically.
Political discourse is truly the way forward in the civilized world. I believe this anyway. I welcome opposing views to anything I post here. In
the same breath, I take exception to the trollish folks who are bent on just inflicting pain and insults on others.
I don't expect to "boil the ocean", or solve "world hunger" with a post like this, but I truly do hope we can find a common ground where we can
discuss our differences politically without resorting to violence and hate for our brothers and sisters.
That is all.
edit on 8/15/2018 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)