We promise not to dunk you as soon as you get your feet wet!
The initial core of members here have been debating each other for some time at a different location, so the casual viewer may assume that we immediately savage newcomers the way we do each other.
Speaking only for myself, I promise to be gentle, and to respect you in the morning. Join us, you won't find a smarter, or friendlier, group of debaters on the Internet.
OTOH, if you're not willing to re-examine pre-conceived notions, or assume that "I believe" is the same as "I know" or "I understand," the learning curve may be a little steep... but it's well worth it in the long run.
Regardless of your political persuasion, you'll probably find a champion here will help you learn how to debate and defend your views intelligently.
Won't you be our neighbor?
____________________________________________________ Economics puts parameters on people’s utopias. ~Peter Boettke "It's the voter's fault" is victim-blaming in its purest sense. ~Don The 'social contract' is to the politician what 'original sin' is to the priest. ~Don The vision of the helpful and protective state is the most pervasive and counter-productive ideology in the world today. ~Don ____________________________________________________
Post by CassandraW on Nov 13, 2016 11:04:46 GMT -5
I too very much hope we'll get more people joining us in time, Don.
My guess is that many are still reeling over the election results and not yet in the mood to engage in political debate. Others are concerned they'll have their heads snapped off. Indeed, that's why I'm waiting to try to rope in some friends who normally might enjoy it. Right now I'm not sure they would.
I'm sympathetic to that, actually -- I'm reeling, too, to tell you the truth, and I've had my head snapped off once or twice. But my way of coming to grips includes discussion (and, alas, jokes). Doesn't mean I don't take things seriously. Somehow, civil debate, discussion, and yes, jokes, make me feel...well, normal, for lack of a better word. I like to feel that there are civil, good-hearted, intelligent people with a lot of different political affiliations.
I have no interest in engaging racists, homophobes, sexists, and similarly ugly viewpoints in discussion. And I'm not particularly interested in self-righteous preaching. But otherwise, I am very interested in hearing what people have to say, even if I disagree with every word of it. I hate an echo chamber.
I'm really happy that the core group we have so far includes people across the political spectrum. In a country (indeed a world) where people are increasing hunkering down in their separate corners, I find it so heartening.
Last Edit: Nov 13, 2016 11:39:39 GMT -5 by CassandraW
Yes, I agree with all of the above. And I know this site will be welcoming and indeed desires differing views. So far here, I've been posting optimistically about Trump, and no one has bitten my head off. I didn't want him to be the nominee, but I have an optimistic view of human nature and I'm open to this experiment. But the only way this site will flourish is with LOTS OF VOICES. So come on in!
Post by CassandraW on Nov 14, 2016 17:14:34 GMT -5
Nor will anyone bite your head off, c.e., unless they want to get bitten by me.
To be clear -- that applies equally to liberals, libertarians, communists, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, Green Party members...
Support what you assert as fact, don't be a jerk, and we'll welcome your point of view, even if we utterly disagree with it. We already have Clinton voters, Trump voters, Johnson voters and others here -- you won't be alone.
Unless you are a jerk, of course. In which case we'll defenestrate you.
I have a handful of followers, but I will try to help.
BTW - has anyone heard from Cass today? We were emailing last night, and then I suddenly stopped hearing from her. And she's not on TCG today at all. I'm hoping she fell asleep last night and has been in court today all day. But it's strange for her not to respond in the middle of an email conversation. I'm being a worry wart Italian mother, I think.
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Post by CassandraW on Nov 15, 2016 17:19:26 GMT -5
Sorry, c.e. I fell asleep last night, and then got preoccupied the next morning and forgot to respond. I've been more preoccupied than usual. Have also lost 7 pounds in two weeks -- fretting and forgetting to eat, not dieting. I have way too much going on. I will settle into normal soon! Forgive me.