Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 29, 2011, 12:57 p.m. EST by Confusedoldguy
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After several weeks of participating in this forum, today will be my last day. I'm glad for the good conversations and for the things that I learned. At it's peak, I think this forum was a good thing. But it has frankly slid downhill as thoughtful posters have bailed, and now it's mostly juvenile name-calling, conspiracy theories and ads for TV shows.
I will say that one political idiom has been proven true in this forum. It is said that liberals want conservatives to shut up, while conservatives want liberals to keep talking. My right-of-center ideas were rarely welcomed here (with some significant exceptions), and more often than not, I was labeled a troll and told to go away, often with the additional suggestion that I perform an act that is anatomically impossible. Don't get me wrong, my feelings aren't hurt. It was just striking to hear those who clamor for freedom of expression to be so against that same freedom on these threads.
On the other hand, conservatives want liberals to keep talking. I think the best thing that could happen to the conservative movement in the US would be to require the entire country to spend time reading the posts here. Knowing what is really in the minds of many of those attracted to OWS would drive people in the opposite direction. It has done that to me.
Best of luck to all, and may 2012 bring much of the good that we all wish for, and none of the bad that so many expect.