Following in the steps of Dean Ward’s Rules I think it’s time to lay down some ground rules here too.
In addition to what Dean said so well above (which applies here also), I would just add the following three points:
First, if you don’t agree with my opinions and stands on issues you don’t have to be insulting, it’s a free world (so they Love saying) go get lost in it… and leave us alone. I’m not interested in childish and immature BS games… go to the comments section of msm outlets for that. Now on the other hand, if you have an argument you want to make based on something more than baseless convictions or biases unsupported by any type of logic and reason as a bare minimum, then lets get it on! :-) I do have an open mind, knowing as I do that “men of fixed convictions do not count when it comes to determining what is fundamental in values and lack of values. Men of convictions are prisoners”, and therefore I always try to remember that the best thing for a man to do is to hold all of his beliefs lightly and to reject them whenever they begin to appear as errors.
Second, I believe our municipality and province’s ‘status quo’ is in desperate need of change, for reasons best summarized here Dissent. No longer a dirty word. Federally, I think most people know where I stand STOP HARPER! (btw, this one area is *not* open to debate – don’t even go there! This blog is a ‘Harper Free Zone’, please respect that)
Third, I’m just a guy with opinions who recognizes that “few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions”. So being ‘red in a sea of blue’ here in Alberta, statistically I will 77.6% of the time have views ‘different’ from yours, if you are an Albertan. I recognize that and so should you, by remembering the rules above.
Amnesty is hereby granted to all past transgressors to the above rules. The slate is wiped clean, and hence a new beginning for those who would like a fresh start here.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.