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Not that much of a political animal

I might be (at least) the second person to leave a certain newsgroup until the election happens.

I am peeved as I started a decidedly non-political thread, only to get a big political hook thrown in on a response. Um, if I wanted to """discuss""" (triple scare quotes needed) politics with you lot, I'd be joining in on the existing threads instead of talking about music.

I like politics. I don't like discussing it in that group because people get nuts. Well, some of them tend towards ranting phools anyway, and the election is not bringing out the best in them. I'd rather discuss it on the Ship where there are at least some ground rules.

Other options, of course, are telling the other person off in private or in public.

Not doin' anything for at least twenty-four hours, though.



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Aug. 31st, 2004 09:23 am (UTC)
I try not to discuss politics these days at all if I can help it. Ironically, it's because it's so much more important to me than it's been since, oh, the appalling Reagan/Bush the Elder, trying-to-save-reproductive-rights period.

It's too important to me. I'm so horrified, insulted and scared where this current administration is concerned that, for the first time in a very, very long time, I really can't comprehend how any thinking, compassionate person could possibly support the Republican platform. I just can't. I's impossible for me to discuss it calmly with anyone on the other side ... so I don't.

(Just as I was about to post this, my 8:30 interview showed up -- local candidate for County Commissioner from the Constitution Party. Yeesh.)
Aug. 31st, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC)
Well, I'd like to give you mad props on that. It's fine to think that way in private, or hanging out with your friends, or on your blog; I've got pretty strong opinions myself and as my grandpa always said, "It's a free country". But that kind of There is No Discussion/demonization thing gets really freakin' old in a social group. Especially when the people who are doing it aren't copping to what kinds of asses they're being.

At least I figured a humorous way out (I do actually usually respect the person who did this to me). I wouldn't be half surprised if someone jumps all over my shit for it, though. They are just That Way.

What's the deal with the Constitution Party?

Sep. 1st, 2004 07:30 am (UTC)
Hardcore, religious wingnuts, they are. You can find their party platform <a href="http://www.constitutionparty.com/party_platform.php:>here</a>. Four years ago, they came out hard, trying to fill as many city and county seats as they could, mostly in extensively rural areas where they felt they could play on Christian values. They made a few inroads, but very few -- I think their ideas, like about making homosexuals register with the government, struck even most Christians has wacky. This time they're attempting once again to weasel into local government. They've toned down the hate speech considerably but they're still the same guys. They're virulently anti-gay, anti-abortion and they oppose what they call "secular government."
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