Most of you may not know me. I am a relatively new member but I have been reading these boards at ATS for years, aka - a serial lurker. My user
name reflects the fact that I am a news/current events, politics, food, menthol cigarette (cough) and Northern English ale junkie.
I have a certain political leaning and also support a certain candidate but I have to admit that it is because I feel like it is the best choice
of the bunch. I read and listen to sources that are all across the political spectrum in order to keep informed. I am sick of total partisan
loyalty, most of the loyalists will believe whatever seems to fed to them and will tow the line because it makes them feel empowered and part of the
cool kids crowd.
ATS is unique in that this is a place that attracts ALL of the best thinkers out there and leaves the door open for other people to come in and
change their own worldviews with some easy to navigate clicks on whatever interesting topics they choose. Some come here to pick fights with the
worst type of sources and can't (or won't) ever attempt to see any other side of things other than what they prefer to see.
I love to discuss politics, especially at a place where I can be exposed to opposing viewpoints and wanted to spend a lot of time here enjoying
the discussions instead of having to give up because of a bunch of "operatives" like to stir up the mud. Seems like the tides have turned a little
over the last day or so and that impresses me even more about the quality of engaged posters with integrity that all of you are than anything else
about this awesome site.
Hope to have engaging and interesting conversations with all of you soon.
I, Multiple Junkie, Pledge and Promise to do my part in making political discourse on ATS a thing to be proud of, and to maintain a civil tone in
discussions in all areas, but most importantly in Decision 2008 and all other political forums.
To that end, I will consciously avoid using any of the following offensive tactics in my posts:
-*- mindless repetition of divisive spoon-fed political talking points
-*- patently false information about candidates presented as truth
-*- exaggerated disaster scenarios if one or the other is elected
-*- shameful racism
-*- shameful bastardization of candidate names
-*- shameful focus on personalities instead of issues
-*- pathetic fear mongering
-*- embarrassingly little focus on real, important, vital issues
If I do commit any of the aforementioned tactics, I will immediately admit it and apologize to any member I might have offended.
P.S. - Nice to meet all of you.