One of the great things about our country is that, no matter which party is in control, here we are....with the freedom to post our opinions without fear of governmental interference or retaliation. I can send a PM or publicly tell a sick forum member that I am praying for them without the PC police cutting my cable. That being said, there is nothing more polarizing than religion and politics. I'm surrounded by this via TV, emails from my brother (who thinks FoxNews is the only channel worthy of viewing), the blogosphere, neighbors and my wife's family. But, there again, I have the freedom to turn off the TV, send my brother's emails to the spam folder, stop reading blogs and....well, barring moving and divorce, I'm stuck with the neighbors and the in-laws.
When I found this forum, my first reaction wasn't one of excitement over finding yet another place to read more political views. I wanted to learn about COAL!! I never knew there was that many ways to clean glass, especially using an onion. This is great stuff! I've greatly profited from the advice here and have, behind the scenes in PMs and emails, made some new friends to boot. I have some anxieties and fears about what the future holds with Obama at the helm, especially with a democrat controlled house and senate. As this new future unfolds, so will new opinions. When it comes to the mess we're in, there is plenty of blame to share on both sides of the aisle. But, my true allegiance and source of comfort in these uncertain times is my faith in the One who is truly in control!
Mega-kudos to Richard. He has a huge responsibility in making sure we have a place to learn and exchange ideas about COAL yet still discuss things of interest, i.e. sports (I'm a Buckeye for college FB and true blue Kentucky for college BB), hobbies and yes, even politics without offending anyone. I applaud his effort to make sure we don't attack the person, be it Obama, Bush and especially fellow forum members we might disagree with. Most everything related to politics is subjective, much like what the best stove or furnace might be, heh? There are few absolutes everyone will agree on. Without sounding like a passivist-holdover from the 60s, I want to believe that politicians (and forum members) I disagree with, love this country as much as those I agree with, not questioning their motives but still holding our elected officials accountable through my right to free speech and my vote. But like it or not, this forum is not subject to the 1st amendment. It belongs to and i subject to it's owner. Our freedom is in our choice to either be a member or not.
Let's set aside those issues that polarize and concentrate on that which unites us.......COAL!!