Sites for Conservative Discussion

  • topathlete

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    Oct 15, 2020 11:00 PM GMT
    I was a bit surprised to see that the sites the admin here considers questionable are all conservative or right-leaning, or hard right. Not only are there questionable sites on the left, which include the obvious bias in much of the mainstream sources, but there are so called "questionable" sources listed such as American Thinker. Regarding American Thinker, while there are opinions, I have never seen any fair analysis that would consider it unreliable.

    Anyway, to my fellow members who lean right, why post political views on a site where your views are disrespected by the admin? I suggest staying with Real Jock for gay-related discussion, but most of the political discussion in this area don't relate to gay issues and can be discussed in a more respectful environment. There are a number of alternatives, such as theconservativetreehouse.com. If you would miss not posting in a site where there are those who disagree with your views, you won't change any opinions and just waste your time.
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    Oct 15, 2020 11:03 PM GMT
    topathlete saidI was a bit surprised to see that the sites the admin here considers questionable are all conservative or right-leaning, or hard right. Not only are there questionable sites on the left, which include the obvious bias in much of the mainstream sources, but there are so called "questionable" sources listed such as American Thinker. Regarding American Thinker, while there are opinions, I have never seen any fair analysis that would consider it unreliable.

    Anyway, to my fellow members who lean right, why post political views on a site where your views are disrespected by the admin? I suggest staying with Real Jock for gay-related discussion, but most of the political discussion in this area don't relate to gay issues and can be discussed in a more respectful environment. There are a number of alternatives, such as theconservativetreehouse.com. If you would miss not posting in a site where there are those who disagree with your views, you won't change any opinions and just waste your time.
    Enjoy...See ya when you come back..
  • topathlete

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    Oct 15, 2020 11:07 PM GMT
    mybud saidEnjoy...See ya when you come back..

    You never contribute anything intelligent to discussions.
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    Oct 16, 2020 12:19 AM GMT
    topathlete said
    mybud saidEnjoy...See ya when you come back..

    You never contribute anything intelligent to discussions.
    Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya...
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    Oct 16, 2020 2:47 AM GMT
    The RJ forums have a mix of social and political views that tend to mostly reflect urban American gay male general opinion. Staying on the site, reading the posts, and occasionally contributing/debating keeps me in touch with what a lot of gay people are feeling and thinking, although even with the advancements we've made in the past couple decades, I think we're still deeply mired in a social ghetto.

    Gay conservatives benefit from participation in liberal sites -- it keeps us in touch with what's actually being said and done by our liberal peers. Those liberals who stay in their cultural ghettos and isolate themselves from conservative thought really have no idea what's going on outside their self-imposed bubble. They often get it wrong, imagining discrimination where there is none, imagining hatred there there's merely indifference, and asking total approval when people don't care and just want to be left alone.

    It's far easier to come out as gay to a conservative than as conservative to many gays. The conservative may not approve, but he's unlikely to make your life a living hell, to guilt trip you, and isolate you as your former gay friends will do.

    I'm rambling -- but the point is, if we isolate ourselves and confine ourselves to our zones of comfort, we lose our sharpness, our ability to think critically, and we miss those times when the opposition is actually right -- when they do have something important to contribute.
  • customerservi...

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    Oct 16, 2020 3:03 AM GMT
    topathlete saidI was a bit surprised to see that the sites the admin here considers questionable are all conservative or right-leaning, or hard right. Not only are there questionable sites on the left, which include the obvious bias in much of the mainstream sources, but there are so called "questionable" sources listed such as American Thinker. Regarding American Thinker, while there are opinions, I have never seen any fair analysis that would consider it unreliable.

    Anyway, to my fellow members who lean right, why post political views on a site where your views are disrespected by the admin? I suggest staying with Real Jock for gay-related discussion, but most of the political discussion in this area don't relate to gay issues and can be discussed in a more respectful environment. There are a number of alternatives, such as theconservativetreehouse.com. If you would miss not posting in a site where there are those who disagree with your views, you won't change any opinions and just waste your time.


    Thank you for suggesting a site that would be welcoming to conservative rightwing opinions. I will pass along theconservativetreehouse.com as a recommendation for guys who want to reach like-minded people.
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    Oct 16, 2020 3:40 AM GMT
    Briana can wear her MAGA red baseball cap there
    and type all day long with the same looney crap!!
    Then she can go do her IT with a dildo and keep that
    Hat on to look like a bad ass!!

    Guess who her fuck buddy is???? OUTDOORMUSCLEGOD!!!! LOLicon_twisted.gif
  • FormerShark

    Posts: 727

    Oct 16, 2020 3:44 AM GMT
    BigBanana saidBriana can wear her MAGA red baseball cap there
    and type all day long with the same looney crap!!
    Then she can go do her IT with a dildo and keep that
    Hat on to look like a bad ass!!

    Guess who her fuck buddy is???? OUTDOORMUSCLEGOD!!!! LOLicon_twisted.gif

    Okay, that was genuinely funny.
  • FormerShark

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    Oct 16, 2020 3:52 AM GMT
    rkyjockdn said
    It's far easier to come out as gay to a conservative than as conservative to many gays. The conservative may not approve, but he's unlikely to make your life a living hell, to guilt trip you, and isolate you as your former gay friends will do.

    The whining just never stops with you.
    A recent poll showed that 76% of LGBT voters are for Biden, and only 17%, or one in six, are for Trump (although for some reason the numbers are reversed on RJ). Did you ever stop to think why that might be? Are the 76% all brainwashed against Republicans and Trump or could there be more substantial reasons here?

    I doubt you'll answer this, probably mostly because you dislike me a lot, but I would genuinely like to hear your thoughts.
  • topathlete

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    Oct 16, 2020 5:12 AM GMT
    rkyjockdn said
    I'm rambling -- but the point is, if we isolate ourselves and confine ourselves to our zones of comfort, we lose our sharpness, our ability to think critically, and we miss those times when the opposition is actually right -- when they do have something important to contribute.

    I agree in not staying in an echo chamber and being willing to debate with those who have different points of view. But in today's polarized world, I have a different take. I review daily several columnists from the NY Times and Washington Post. I think that represents the best of what the left can put out. I sharply disagree with most of their assumptions and their arguments, but reviewing that keeps me sharp and aware of the best the other side can offer. I don't see anything close to serious arguments here, so I mostly do not engage.

    RJ was not always this way. Years ago when I was here via a long-closed earlier account, there were guys on the left, also largely gone, who could have serious discussions in logical, polite and respectful ways. You don't see that level of discussion here, and for political discussions, nothing here keeps me sharp. Furthermore, when conservative, mostly scholarly sites such as American Thinker will lead to a post's removal, that suggests an even lower level of discourse.

    Not to say RJ doesn't have its place anymore. I just think is not in politics, and not all that significant in other areas as well.
  • Cumminsguy2

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    Oct 16, 2020 6:24 AM GMT
    By and large the conservative members on this site only engage in name-calling, ad hominem attacks, and snarky remarks and that gets old. It's pretty rare to see a thread like this with some serious thought behind it. I wouldn't mind having conservative members here if it was more like this but since it's not I'm happy to let them go to their own site. It makes this site a more pleasant place to be.
  • topathlete

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    Oct 16, 2020 11:39 AM GMT
    Cumminsguy2 saidBy and large the conservative members on this site only engage in name-calling, ad hominem attacks, and snarky remarks and that gets old. It's pretty rare to see a thread like this with some serious thought behind it. I wouldn't mind having conservative members here if it was more like this but since it's not I'm happy to let them go to their own site. It makes this site a more pleasant place to be.

    Perhaps you're forgetting the many threads that are started by a conservative member that contain news items. Those threads are largely ignored by the liberals, except for a few snarky comments.
  • KluckAndPluck

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    Oct 16, 2020 2:27 PM GMT
    Cumminsguy2 saidBy and large the conservative members on this site only engage in name-calling, ad hominem attacks, and snarky remarks and that gets old. It's pretty rare to see a thread like this with some serious thought behind it. I wouldn't mind having conservative members here if it was more like this but since it's not I'm happy to let them go to their own site. It makes this site a more pleasant place to be.


    I consider myself a conservative and I don't resort to name calling, nor do I see most of the other conservative members engaged in name calling. Regardless, though, your perception is what it is.

  • KluckAndPluck

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    Oct 16, 2020 2:32 PM GMT
    customerservice_rj said
    topathlete saidI was a bit surprised to see that the sites the admin here considers questionable are all conservative or right-leaning, or hard right. Not only are there questionable sites on the left, which include the obvious bias in much of the mainstream sources, but there are so called "questionable" sources listed such as American Thinker. Regarding American Thinker, while there are opinions, I have never seen any fair analysis that would consider it unreliable.

    Anyway, to my fellow members who lean right, why post political views on a site where your views are disrespected by the admin? I suggest staying with Real Jock for gay-related discussion, but most of the political discussion in this area don't relate to gay issues and can be discussed in a more respectful environment. There are a number of alternatives, such as theconservativetreehouse.com. If you would miss not posting in a site where there are those who disagree with your views, you won't change any opinions and just waste your time.


    Thank you for suggesting a site that would be welcoming to conservative rightwing opinions. I will pass along theconservativetreehouse.com as a recommendation for guys who want to reach like-minded people.


    Notice how the customer service guy dodged your first point about his "not approved sites to cite" were all right of center and that he listed no sites left of center. Much like that other topic where he was asked to name what his "approved" sites to cite are after he gave a nebulous definition of sites he doesn't approve of which, going by his definition, the definition would preclude The NY Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR being on the "allowed sites" list as they were all in on the TRUMP-RUSSIA COLLUSION!!!!! hoax.

    https://www.realjock.com/gayforums/4550466
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    Oct 16, 2020 2:50 PM GMT
    Like the days of our lives.....

    So are the gentle tears of those that have come to the realization that life ain’t fair

    Sorry, butt this be pretty comical.

    May I suggest Parler? The eternal resting place of the isolated cons, Q, WWGWAG, MAGA, Deep State, “yes, I paid $750 in federal taxes last year,” and Bonespurs Anonymous

    And the good news is? You don’t have to post a face pic so you can remain guarded.
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    Oct 16, 2020 3:36 PM GMT
    FormerShark said
    rkyjockdn said
    It's far easier to come out as gay to a conservative than as conservative to many gays. The conservative may not approve, but he's unlikely to make your life a living hell, to guilt trip you, and isolate you as your former gay friends will do.

    The whining just never stops with you.
    A recent poll showed that 76% of LGBT voters are for Biden, and only 17%, or one in six, are for Trump (although for some reason the numbers are reversed on RJ). Did you ever stop to think why that might be? Are the 76% all brainwashed against Republicans and Trump or could there be more substantial reasons here?

    I doubt you'll answer this, probably mostly because you dislike me a lot, but I would genuinely like to hear your thoughts.


    I'm just commenting on the way things are, not feeling sorry for myself or for other gay conservatives. My quality of life and that of my friends is actually quite satisfying, politics being a small part of what we focus on.

    To address your question: Historically, the Republican party has been heavily influenced by the conservative Christian movement that was extremely anti-gay. In the 1970's, friends and I showed up at a Denver event to protest an Anita Bryant event as she had organized an anti-gay "Save Our Children" campaign. Others such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell also aligned with the Republican party and were rabidly homophobic. With the flood of anti-gay vitriol and the resulting legislation from the right, it's small wonder that out gays started aligning with and working for the Democrats. No gay person I know aligned with the Republican party -- it was just too toxic.

    With the advent of AIDS and the resulting sickness and death of many gay men, families, including conservative families began to discover how many many of their friends and family members were gay. After the initial fears of contagion and the discovery that it was not transmitted through casual contact, attitudes began to change. A real sea change came after the disclosure that Rock Hudson had AIDS.

    Three decades of visibility have profoundly changed social views of homosexuality. Gay people, particularly in urban areas, can live comfortably without much fear of discrimination or intolerance by their heterosexual peers. Even in rural areas, there's increasing tolerance. Eyebrows may be raised about the two gay farmers or lady couple that just moved to the place down the road, but outright violence and harassment is much more rare -- the exception rather than the rule anymore.

    However, the perception of widespread discrimination, of hatred, of violence still exists among gay people, and where it doesn't exist, we sometimes end up manufacturing it. For example, see the Jussie Smollett hoax and how Hollywood and the media bought into it. Yes, it still exists, but not to the degree that it once did -- and where it exists, the way it's expressed is more subtle, less violent and toxic.

    It's in this environment that gay came to age, and the perceptions formed in the past 30 years still exist. We still think of conservatives and Christians as the bigots that we faced in the 1980s and 1990s. And if we live in a large urban area that's predominately liberal, chances are that we don't know anyone who's conservative. New Yorker writer Pauline Kael reflected this sort of isolation when commenting on Nixon's landslide election: ""I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon." There's intense social pressure within gay culture to conform. Observe the dress codes, the "body-nazi" culture, hair styles, etc. It also applies to politics, news sources, movies, books, and music. With such conformist culture, small wonder that most gay people toe the liberal Democrat party line and that exit polling has been in the high 70's.

    So how does a gay person become conservative? For me, it started with the realization that politics wasn't just about my sexuality. There were other things in the world that were important. Things such as national security, overbearing taxation and regulation on small business, exportation of manufacturing out of the USA, lack of basic entry level jobs, decreasing standards of education, and an increasing contempt for our history and our basic freedoms. I registered as a Libertarian, no longer able to support the "D" party as I wanted no part of a still overly evangelical Republican party.

    As the "R" party started shedding the bigotry of the religious right and the "D"s started a accelerating slide to the far left, I became disillusioned with the Libertarians and finally registered as a Republican, the party more matching my views. I still had (and have) issues with the party's policies toward sexual minorities. (see some of the planks that the southern contingent has attempt to place in the platform), but the Democrats have become toxic to a civilized society.

    To wrap this up, 76% of LGBQT people are likely voting "D" because that's they believe in, and that's what they see as the right thing to do based on their view of what's in their best interest. The numbers, of course, are moving downward. It's based on quality of life issues -- we're subject to the same taxes, regulatory and quality of life issues as our straight neighbors. But even we and our straight neighbors will eventually get sick of seeing our neighborhoods burn and our ability to speak freely about controversial issues limited.

    So yes, I've thought about the issues. And thank you for asking the question in a respectful manner.

  • topathlete

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    Oct 16, 2020 4:22 PM GMT
    rkyjockdn said
    FormerShark said
    rkyjockdn said
    It's far easier to come out as gay to a conservative than as conservative to many gays. The conservative may not approve, but he's unlikely to make your life a living hell, to guilt trip you, and isolate you as your former gay friends will do.

    The whining just never stops with you.
    A recent poll showed that 76% of LGBT voters are for Biden, and only 17%, or one in six, are for Trump (although for some reason the numbers are reversed on RJ). Did you ever stop to think why that might be? Are the 76% all brainwashed against Republicans and Trump or could there be more substantial reasons here?

    I doubt you'll answer this, probably mostly because you dislike me a lot, but I would genuinely like to hear your thoughts.


    I'm just commenting on the way things are, not feeling sorry for myself or for other gay conservatives. My quality of life and that of my friends is actually quite satisfying, politics being a small part of what we focus on.

    To address your question: Historically, the Republican party has been heavily influenced by the conservative Christian movement that was extremely anti-gay. In the 1970's, friends and I showed up at a Denver event to protest an Anita Bryant event as she had organized an anti-gay "Save Our Children" campaign. Others such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell also aligned with the Republican party and were rabidly homophobic. With the flood of anti-gay vitriol and the resulting legislation from the right, it's small wonder that out gays started aligning with and working for the Democrats. No gay person I know aligned with the Republican party -- it was just too toxic.

    With the advent of AIDS and the resulting sickness and death of many gay men, families, including conservative families began to discover how many many of their friends and family members were gay. After the initial fears of contagion and the discovery that it was not transmitted through casual contact, attitudes began to change. A real sea change came after the disclosure that Rock Hudson had AIDS.

    Three decades of visibility have profoundly changed social views of homosexuality. Gay people, particularly in urban areas, can live comfortably without much fear of discrimination or intolerance by their heterosexual peers. Even in rural areas, there's increasing tolerance. Eyebrows may be raised about the two gay farmers or lady couple that just moved to the place down the road, but outright violence and harassment is much more rare -- the exception rather than the rule anymore.

    However, the perception of widespread discrimination, of hatred, of violence still exists among gay people, and where it doesn't exist, we sometimes end up manufacturing it. For example, see the Jussie Smollett hoax and how Hollywood and the media bought into it. Yes, it still exists, but not to the degree that it once did -- and where it exists, the way it's expressed is more subtle, less violent and toxic.

    It's in this environment that gay came to age, and the perceptions formed in the past 30 years still exist. We still think of conservatives and Christians as the bigots that we faced in the 1980s and 1990s. And if we live in a large urban area that's predominately liberal, chances are that we don't know anyone who's conservative. New Yorker writer Pauline Kael reflected this sort of isolation when commenting on Nixon's landslide election: ""I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon." There's intense social pressure within gay culture to conform. Observe the dress codes, the "body-nazi" culture, hair styles, etc. It also applies to politics, news sources, movies, books, and music. With such conformist culture, small wonder that most gay people toe the liberal Democrat party line and that exit polling has been in the high 70's.

    So how does a gay person become conservative? For me, it started with the realization that politics wasn't just about my sexuality. There were other things in the world that were important. Things such as national security, overbearing taxation and regulation on small business, exportation of manufacturing out of the USA, lack of basic entry level jobs, decreasing standards of education, and an increasing contempt for our history and our basic freedoms. I registered as a Libertarian, no longer able to support the "D" party as I wanted no part of a still overly evangelical Republican party.

    As the "R" party started shedding the bigotry of the religious right and the "D"s started a accelerating slide to the far left, I became disillusioned with the Libertarians and finally registered as a Republican, the party more matching my views. I still had (and have) issues with the party's policies toward sexual minorities. (see some of the planks that the southern contingent has attempt to place in the platform), but the Democrats have become toxic to a civilized society.

    To wrap this up, 76% of LGBQT people are likely voting "D" because that's they believe in, and that's what they see as the right thing to do based on their view of what's in their best interest. The numbers, of course, are moving downward. It's based on quality of life issues -- we're subject to the same taxes, regulatory and quality of life issues as our straight neighbors. But even we and our straight neighbors will eventually get sick of seeing our neighborhoods burn and our ability to speak freely about controversial issues limited.

    So yes, I've thought about the issues. And thank you for asking the question in a respectful manner.

    An excellent historical perspective. Thanks for that.

    Just to add a bit: Gays such as Rick Grennell and Tammy Bruce are widely embraced, and their sexuality is almost never discussed. With that backdrop, when you see a site such as American Thinker, admittedly partisan, but considered unreliable, you realize there are still many uninformed or petty.

    To the other person's comment about life not being fair, an obvious statement. Private sites can enforce whatever policies they choose, and to react, we can vote with our page clicks.
  • FormerShark

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    Oct 16, 2020 5:31 PM GMT
    rkyjockdn said

    As the "R" party started shedding the bigotry of the religious right and the "D"s started a accelerating slide to the far left, I became disillusioned with the Libertarians and finally registered as a Republican, the party more matching my views. I still had (and have) issues with the party's policies toward sexual minorities. (see some of the planks that the southern contingent has attempt to place in the platform), but the Democrats have become toxic to a civilized society.


    The R party started shedding the bigotry of the religious right? If I weren't generally aware of your other posts, I would swear you were just trolling. The religious right is very much in control of your party and they have imposed the most anti-gay agenda on this administration; they are close to the dream of overturning Obergefell, thanks to relentless court packing, and you honestly believe that the Democrats who explicitly rejected socialism and Sanders, are the ones who are toxic to civilized society?

    You and others have complained that my posts almost never discuss substantive issues, and this is why. Our perceptions of reality are just too far apart to make it worthwhile. T see Republicans for the last 40 years since Reagan's election as being hell-bent on destroying everything that's good and decent in America.
  • KluckAndPluck

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    Oct 16, 2020 5:44 PM GMT
    FormerShark said
    rkyjockdn said

    As the "R" party started shedding the bigotry of the religious right and the "D"s started a accelerating slide to the far left, I became disillusioned with the Libertarians and finally registered as a Republican, the party more matching my views. I still had (and have) issues with the party's policies toward sexual minorities. (see some of the planks that the southern contingent has attempt to place in the platform), but the Democrats have become toxic to a civilized society.


    The R party started shedding the bigotry of the religious right? If I weren't generally aware of your other posts, I would swear you were just trolling. The religious right is very much in control of your party and they have imposed the most anti-gay agenda on this administration; they are close to the dream of overturning Obergefell, thanks to relentless court packing, and you honestly believe that the Democrats who explicitly rejected socialism and Sanders, are the ones who are toxic to civilized society?

    You and others have complained that my posts almost never discuss substantive issues, and this is why. Our perceptions of reality are just too far apart to make it worthwhile. T see Republicans for the last 40 years since Reagan's election as being hell-bent on destroying everything that's good and decent in America.


    This could turn into a very substantive discussion, so long as it stays civil. So far so good!
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    Oct 16, 2020 6:12 PM GMT
    Muskelprotz saidThis site has possibilities https://conservativepoliticalforum.com/.

    But why preach to a choir? Seems like a waste of energy to be in your own bubble where everyone agrees with you.



    Life is like a bubble, right? lol

    ?u=https%3A%2F%2Fmedia.giphy.com%2Fmedia
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    Oct 16, 2020 6:33 PM GMT
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    Muskelprotz saidThis site has possibilities https://conservativepoliticalforum.com/.

    But why preach to a choir? Seems like a waste of energy to be in your own bubble where everyone agrees with you.



    Life is like a bubble, right? lol

    ?u=https%3A%2F%2Fmedia.giphy.com%2Fmedia


    You ALWAYS have to have the last laugh!

    Hahahaha!!!
  • topathlete

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    Oct 16, 2020 6:39 PM GMT
    Muskelprotz saidThis site has possibilities https://conservativepoliticalforum.com/.

    But why preach to a choir? Seems like a waste of energy to be in your own bubble where everyone agrees with you.

    In different times, the sweet spot would be sites with good spirited discussion or debates represented by a broad variety in political perspectives. RJ in old times fell into this category.

    Today with the polarization, heavily influenced by TDS, I have not seen sites that fall into that category. So there are two choices:

    1) Sites like this where such discussions don't exist. The many fine threads you start generally get no serious opposing discussion and any reactions from the other side are snide comments.

    2) More conservative-oriented sites. There are areas of disagreement, but admittedly, they are relatively minor. Most discussions elaborate on the premise, often supporting it but with different points of view or different examples. The opinions sometimes range from optimistic vs pessimistic, what political leaders should or should not do in response to attacks, whether polls are valid or not, etc. For example, many of the threads you start often appear on such sites. While there are usually only minor disagreements, there are, nevertheless, excellent discussions.
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    Oct 16, 2020 7:28 PM GMT
    topathlete saidPrivate sites can enforce whatever policies they choose, and to react, we can vote with our page clicks.

    Then a person can wonder why social media CEO's are issued subpoenas to appear before Congress to testify about their corporate policies and actions.
    If memory serves, the CEO of Twitter has been subpoenaed to explain his site's censorship of the Biden email story.
    Many people concede that social media are playing an increasingly powerful role in the national debate, in disseminating information, and in other ways.
    Many people are concerned about how this tremendous power is being wielded.
    It's one thing when companies claim to be neutral platforms on which users can exchange information freely with one another. These sites are evidently given special legal protection.
    It's another thing when media companies closely control the content of their sites.
    And then there's the case of sites which hold themselves out to be neutral platforms for freely exchanging ideas, but actually engage in censorship.
    That, to many people, is an issue.
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    Oct 16, 2020 7:35 PM GMT
    ....and when called out....the confession begins!!

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says blocking New York Post story was ‘wrong’

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/16/twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-says-blocking-post-story-was-wrong.html

    Personally, I'm anti censorship all the way. The crazy conservatives and the loony leftists all have a voice
    and want to express it. Conversation is an art and it's lost because of faceless social media. Let's get
    everyone in a room, serve cookies and tea and pass the talk microphone around-one by one and that's how we'll
    start and maybe end it....haha
  • topathlete

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    Oct 16, 2020 7:39 PM GMT
    jockjoy said
    topathlete saidPrivate sites can enforce whatever policies they choose, and to react, we can vote with our page clicks.

    Then a person can wonder why social media CEO's are issued subpoenas to appear before Congress to testify about their corporate policies and actions.
    If memory serves, the CEO of Twitter has been subpoenaed to explain his site's censorship of the Biden email story.
    Many people concede that social media are playing an increasingly powerful role in the national debate, in disseminating information, and in other ways.
    Many people are concerned about how this tremendous power is being wielded.
    It's one thing when companies claim to be neutral platforms on which users can exchange information freely with one another. These sites are evidently given special legal protection.
    It's another thing when media companies closely control the content of their sites.
    And then there's the case of sites which hold themselves out to be neutral platforms for freely exchanging ideas, but actually engage in censorship.
    That, to many people, is an issue.

    Twitter, Facebook and Google are a special category because of their size, influence and protections afforded them. By contrast, if I were running a site only for conservatives and some of the lefties here joined and posted their positions, I could delete their accounts and would have every right do so.