Every once in a while I feel the need to remind people (including myself) of The Rules.
The Crawdad Hole was created to be a place where people can agreeably disagree. We don’t ban ideas, but we do expect people to behave like they would in real life.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. No one is entitled to their own facts. Mocking and jeering of any and all politicians is not only permitted it is encouraged.
Personal attacks are not permitted. This is a rule I try to enforce lightly. If two people are mixing it up a little asnd it’s a pretty even fight I don’t want to squish their enthusiasm. Too much moderating takes the spice out of blogging.
On the other hand I don’t want to chase off any members of this community. Troll bashing is one thing, but I have not forgotten what happened in 2008. I still have PTSD from that experience.
I like to picture this place as a neighborhood bar kinda like Cheers “where everybody knows your name.” We’re all friends here. We all want the same general things (freedom, equality, prosperity, etc.) but we may disagree on which policies or candidates will best help us reach those goals.
We can argue over a few beers, then still part as friends. Some of us may spend more time on our bar stools than others. Some people are here all the time. Some of us drop by regularly. And more than a few of us just pop in once in a while.
Over the past few months Donald Trump has become the number one topic of discussion. Quite a few people are Trump supporters. But not everyone.
I won’t let this become a site for Trump worship but Trump supporters are welcome. So are the supporters of other candidates, including Hillary Clinton. I also won’t allow any of the toxic flame wars I have been seeing elsewhere.
But we are all grown ups here. This is a safe place, not a “safe space”. We will not allow anyone to use a “heckler’s veto” to declare a topic off limits because it offends them or “triggers” bad feelings.
This is the internet, not a hothouse for delicate flowers.