[quote=“jjf3rd77, post:1, topic:37284”]
I hardly see anyone else agreeing with people who don’t match their ideology on here.
[/quote]You’re probably not going to see that either, except for, as you say, those that share an ideology. You can almost determine political views by seeing which posts certain people agree with and don’t, though that’s not always true. Now and then you’ll see someone agree with someone else, and think, “Strange bedfellows”.
But the vast majority here, myself included to some degree, have the classic “religion and politics” syndrome. What I mean is, in those two areas, opinions (sometimes even portrayed as certainties) can be extremely strong . . . to the point of abrasiveness. And opinions in these areas are very often tied up with a person’s own self-characterization. IOW, when you even suggest that their opinion may not have a credible basis, basically your calling their baby ugly. My babies have been called ugly a few times, and since I’d rather be in a productive exchange instead of being a rooster in the barnyard seeing who can crow the loudest, and thus send the thread south, I generally don’t respond to that baiting. If it’s a credible and reasonable challenge, I WILL respond.
So, when you challenge someone else’s opinions on religion or politics, most of the time you’re challenging their cherished and strongly opinionated view of the world, and in these areas that challenge can be seen as an attack. Even if it’s not, very often a thread can go south when one side or another perceives it as a personal attack. You’ll frequently see, for example, a Ron Paul person calling a Romney supporter a “liberal”, a RINO, or Evangelicals might call you a Godless Pagan . . . the ultimate insults on a board like this. You need a thick skin to be here.
So, don’t be too surprised when someone brands you with an insult. You’re calling their baby ugly, or at least that’s the way they see it, and they’re going to call your baby ugly right back. And of course the thread goes south from their, all thought of a productive exchange of ideas having been forgotten.
On the plus side though, there is some good information exchanged here. Plus we’re more comfortable among our “own kind”. Indeed, I wouldn’t last long on a board that sang the praises of Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, and that gang of lunatics/morons/clowns/idiots.
[quote=“jjf3rd77, post:1, topic:37284”]
Why exactly do you post here and what did you want to accomplish by going on this forum?
[/quote]Mostly because it’s a group, however diverse, that shares more of my opinions than Liberals do. Now it’s not a 100% thing . . . some of the opinions I have send some people here ballistic, but I would be sending Liberals ballistic ALL the time. I wouldn’t be comfortable on a Liberal board. I am comfortable here . . . MOST OF THE TIME.
In the larger sense, I just flat out like to rant about BHO, and I enjoy reading other’s rant about that moron.
BTW, it always amazes me when someone calls an opinion “wrong” . . . how can an opinion be wrong? The very definition of an opinion is a “belief”. Beliefs are neither right nor wrong. Misguided, perhaps. Or maybe founded on some flawed information. But there’s no “right” or “wrong” to it. Is his bible “right”? Is my bible, that’s different from his, “wrong”? Neither . . . we just BELIEVE in different bibles. Maybe I think the moon is beautiful, and someone else may think it’s ugly. Can either of us “prove” our opinion? Maybe we can explain the underlying basis for that opinion, but the conclusions we draw from those “facts” are nothing more than opinions and speculation. Twelve inches to a foot is a fact. Two plus two equals four is a fact. White wine is superior to red wine is an opinion, a belief. Liberals are crazy is an . . . opinion (an opinion I have I might add.) An opinion I hold because I have drawn that conclusion from what I think are “facts”. Nevertheless, my conclusion itself is an opinion . . . and, thankfully one most here share, except the occasional moronic liberal that wants to troll.
(OK . . . I’m sure I’ll be blasted for the “bible” comment, but that’s expected.)