WOW! You do go back a ways... I originally signed up, and was like number seven thousand something, but my email address changed so I re-enlisted.
And it does seem to be true that discussions in the old days were more civil. Points of fact were debated, and early documents were quoted often.
There seems to be much more of a single-issue orientation lately, abortion threads, WOD threads, etc, etc.
The entire philosophy of our government is that government is a servant of the people, not their masters.
Simple ideas like that get swept under the rug over and over.
The only reason my registration number is in the thirties is because I'm on west coast time ;-}.
You must have missed the really early days, when FR first started. We were constantly under attack by the racist,white supremacist, neo-nazi's etc. That word war was to save the site. JR was banning as fast as he could, but many helped to save our reputation. Yeah sometimes certain people get a little uppity about spell check and sometimes people make mistakes. But as always the way to stop the nusance is to not reply.