[quote]Professor X wrote:
You start the majority of the personal attacks if you hadn’t noticed.
I come to the political forum because I also like to debate. I think the best one we had was on religion, considering most involved, aside from one or two idiots, were able to express their opinions without acting like fools.
Beyond that, anything that has to do with Bush is naturally going to cause a more blatant increase in hostility. Why? Because literally half of the country thinks he is an idiot while the other half thinks he farts roses and shits cupcakes.
I think Boston Barrister is a great person to debate with. I have never had any problems with him personally even though we don’t always agree. The same can be said about thunder-boy. I just think BB’s method of presenting info is boring as hell.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have JeffR who I truly think is borderline retarded. Any thread he jumps into becomes immediately dumb and dumber. That is pretty much all I have to say about that. I won’t give that other member with the name of a dessert topping the pleasure of a mention.[/quote]
Very good thread rainjack!
We might find part of the reason for hostility in Professors post. In his short little rant he managed to spew out several personal insults:
“aside from one or two idiots.”
“without acting like fools.”
“Because literally half of the country thinks he (Bush) is an idiot.”
“JeffR who I truly think is borderline retarded.”
“Any thread he jumps into becomes immediately dumb and dumber.”
There is far too much of this in the political forum. Because you happen to disagree with someone does not make them, bad, stupid, idiotic, an ass clown, or any other childish term that you can muster. I also doubt that Professor or any of the others who are constantly using personal attacks (sorry Prof but you are the King of the personal attack around here) would do that if they were debating face to face?
Don’t get on the muscle either Prof you would avoid that sort of behavior not because you are afraid of anyone. You (and others) wouldn’t do it because it’s simply bad form, and socially unacceptable! (unless you hang out with street thugs-which I doubt any of us do).
The Professor may not want a forum which avoids personal attacks. He may like that sort of conflict, many do. Personally, I think the forum is far more attractive when it’s kept above personal insults. However, those like the Professor often resort to personal name calling frequently.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t attack someones point, or even accuse them of posturing etc. However, when you call someone childish names I think you have really sunken to about as low a point as you possible can relative to internet chat.
(Gee, I wonder if I’ll get called names because of this post…LOL)