Another freeper put it very very VERY well. I will quote his eloquent words, adding a little for clarity, and make it big and bold so people see it:
Ive been surprised that seein the country come apart at the seams every day for the last three+ years hasnt caused more crackups on Free Republic before now, frankly.
Maybe the younger ones just dont see it as clearly, but folks in their 50s^ (like me) have seen it turn just about completely to shit in comparison to what we grew up in.
The reactions and crackups (like that thread, assuming thats the cause) are going to throw lots of normal middle of the road FReepers for a serious loop in the days and months ahead. And the "shooting, riots, voter fraud and purposeful crises" part hasn't even started yet ..
I mean this as a compliment, please don’t take it any other way
In the past few days you have shown yourself to be a voice of reason and rational thought when you normally present yourself as a “Wild and Crazy guy” that would “Hit” the unhittable.
Your thoughts on the eastforker/humblegunner and other threads do much for this forum in ways diffenerent from your usual irreverent musings. You add many dimensions to the forum and I appreciate every one as I am sure others do.
But don't blame some innocent anecdotal observations for increased suicides, internecine warfare, 'postal' incidents, etc !
Speaking of, that thread's rapidly becoming a textbook CF, as your pings have prolly shown.
oh well, nobody gets out alive anyway !
I have to agree with his words, Laz, and I’ve got a few years on him. Our society has deteriorated terribly in my lifetime, and I see little hope. All I can do is speak out gently and make sure my kids stay on the right path. So far so good on that front, but they have a battle ahead.
I would add to your list that FR must be dedicated to free speech and debate. It’s wrong to villify those who disagree. It’s much better to discuss and clarify and try to change hearts and minds — or maybe even realize that your own opinions need a little polishing.
Those who can’t tolerate a dissenting viewpoint often can’t defend their own. And they’re not worth much to the cause, because we MUST speak up intelligently. An army cowering in the bunker doesn’t gain much ground.
This is a year when, IMO, any conservative who sits at home and refuses to fight deserves what’s coming at him. I can fight alongside you even if I don’t like you or agree with you on all points.
And there’s always the lovely option to ignore the trolls and ignorance. Lots of that lately. Probably more to come.
Thank you for starting this thread.