I want to begin by apologizing to the followers of our blog and the adults in the room regarding the content of the blog over the last several weeks, which I have found to be distasteful, juvenile and worse yet, uninteresting. We began this blog with the goal of facilitating some level of civil, rational, and objective political discourse, which in my opinion, would be a welcome departure from the juvenile rancor found on so many other sites, and my hope would be that that type of forum would result in a lot of commentators and opinions. Well that goal has obviously not been met, and what you are treated to on a nearly daily basis instead is a depository of hatred and personal mischaracterizations from people with self-superiority issues. Essentially, whatever representation of conservatism or libertarianism real or perceived of which they disagree with, is marginalized and ridiculed, and that does not result in a very interesting forum, nor one that too many people would want to engage in. Mitch and I are about as far apart politically as two people could possibly be, but I welcome his friendship, input and contributions to the site, and I think that that collaboration between us proves that political disagreement does not have to be entirely disagreeable.
So from this point forward, any personal or ad hominem attacks on other blogs, private citizens, politicians, or other commentators, will be deleted and continued violations will result in a permanent ban of the offender. Policy disagreements are welcome here, but those disagreements must be in a forum in which people are allowed to speak their mind absent the threat of being bullied or attacked. If you disagree with a comment, simply state that you do and why – it’s a simple as that, and those who can’t conform to that standard will not be welcome. Period. I originated the blog, so I will set the policy and I have been amiss at doing so. If that goal can not be realized, then this blog may cease to exist altogether, and those of you who relish in juvenile, play ground political discourse can start your own blog or join other forums. I hope I am clear on this.