Re: How are the Obama supporters holding up?
You can't really forbid discussion on one of the more hotly debated issues of the guy's presidency just because you don't like it. This is a huge issue for people, yourself included obviously, and regardless of how uncomfortable it makes people a solution that everyone can live with has to be reached. If debating on the internet helps people decide what they can and can't live with in time to hit the polls then that's nothing but a good thing.
Arq, I am not forbidding discussion because I don't like it. In fact, please tell me where I used the word "forbid". I'll wait.
Find it yet? Right.
I am asking that this thread
does not devolve into a "this is how marriage is defined" thread. We really try, at Goth.Net, to prevent too much thread drift when possible. Especially in Politics where the discussions are a bit more serious.
I'm suggesting that it goes well beyond the scope of just Barack Obama's presidency in terms of honing in on one issue, one that isn't tied to one president/prime minister/queen/head honcho. In fact, I've seen tv ads online
recently that remind us it's not strictly a US issue.
I've seen (and other staffers here have as well) this sort of topic explode in the past and completely obscure the original intent of a thread. Call it experience, if you will. So why shouldn't I say "let's not start getting into the definitions of marriage in this thread
" in a thread about the Obama presidency? If you want to discuss the definition of marriage, in greater detail, then make it a separate thread.
Perhaps, then, my mistake was not explaining in greater detail, that I would love to start asking questions about certain positions on that topic, in light of my own feelings on it, but also knew that in so doing, I would myself be taking the thread in an off-topic direction. Does that help?