A message from Mary
Once in awhile I feel like I need to remind people of what our purpose is. What our main goal here is.
We live in extraordinarily bizarre times. We are a nation run by and for the oligarchs. There is no question about that. It is obvious in nearly every piece of legislation, every discussion where we try to move forward, every single thing in our lives is effected by it. For some, more than others.
We have at least one member who has openly discussed what the horrendous “healthcare” laws, Medicaid specifically in this instance, is doing to her family.
@madfloridian‘s has a family member who is dying from ovarian cancer. She wants to come home. She wants to be with her family in Florida. But, because she would not be covered by Medicare in a different state, she can’t. It’s killing madflo and her family. A completely unnecessary bunch of bureaucratic bullshit is ripping the family apart, more so emotionally but literally in the fact she can’t make it so her step daughter can come home.
We can, and probably will, lose net neutrality. The FCC, calling the proposal, “Restoring Internet Freedom Proposal” is controlled by corporate shills. I hope beyond hope all our calls, comments, emails, protests, etc., will win in the end. But they’ve been trying to get this done forever. They will not give up.
NAFTA is up for renegotiation.
Our friend, ally and activist extraordinaire, Larry Cohen, is in Providence, RI right now fighting to end the terrible parts of this trade deal. The NGA summer meeting is happening this weekend. Protests abound.
We have the most horrific bill in modern history coming up for a vote. A bill the Republicans have the audacity to call, “Better Care and Reconciliation Act” but should be called “The Kill Bill” They have also excluded themselves from the horrors of this bill.
We have the 2018 midterms coming up. Candidates all over the country are already into their campaigns. Primaries start next month.
My point is we have a ton of work to do. While many come here just for discussion, many also come for activism.
There is a lot going on that controls much of what happens. Money in politics is the biggest hurdle we have. If we don’t get rid of it, we will not succeed in any real change.
One way to do that is to help elect Berniecrats, real, left, liberal progressives who will only accept public funds.
Berniecrats and even those to left of him. The scales of justice have been imbalanced for far too long. Maybe we need to go overboard to the left to try and even it out. I don’t know. But it’s a worthy discussion
One way we will not do that is to stifle conversation. To attack a person rather than an idea. To use tactics we’ve seen before to try to shut people down and shut them up.
We’ve been a little lax of late on personal attacks. Partly due to the fact there has been some information in posts that are relevant to the discussion. Partly due to the fact that there have been fewer reports and when something is finally seen by us mods, it’s been up for a couple of days.
However, I would rather see the site die than allow these tactics to continue. The most important thing we discussed, Jim Peterson and I, was how we wanted to get away from people trying to control discussion. That and just outright attacks. That is something @mannygoldstein and all the mods and admins agree about. It’s our number one rule. As @areawoman put it in our first days here, the “don’t be a dick rule.”
I’m imploring everyone to please:
·Report posts with personal attacks
·Do not reply to posts you disagree with by attacking the poster
·Do not reply in kind to an attack on you. Please just report it
·Keep the discussion civil. I know things can get heated. But we’re adults. Pretty smart and well informed adults.
·Realize that if something is in the news every day, it’s news. It’s allowed to be discussed and posted. If it’s not something you’re interested in, ignore it. Or post your own post that proves your point.
Yes, the Russia shit is more than annoying. It’s all day every day, everywhere. But, like it or not, there are dealings between the President of The United States and Russian oligarchs. That matters.
There is also obvious collusion with corporate democrats and Russia, as well as other countries. Why our government doesn’t seem to care about that, I’m sure we can guess.
Regardless, people should be able to discuss it without fear of being attacked for it. Just like people who don’t buy into any of it shouldn’t be called things like “Trump apologist.”
Make it a debate, not an argument. That’s what we’re about.
Let’s please get off that crazy train of trying to shut down discussion.
And, while the only sources we will shut down without question are hate sites, we ask that you please check sources before posting really out there conspiracy theories.
I know they exist, conspiracies. We’ve seen it time and again. But when you’re posting something that is really out there, especially with incorrect information, that’s going to either be moved to EC or trashed. When we post things like that, we lose credibility.
My hope and dream for JackpineRadicals is to actually cause change for the better. I pour my heart and soul into this site every single day. We’ve gone through quite a bit of shit from time to time. It’s been difficult to know where the line is. How hard to draw that line. And I know I’ve made some terrible mistakes. I hope I’m learning from them.
In that vain, I’m trying to head something off at the pass with this post. Just asking that we all try to discuss with civility and purpose. To be, as my father used to say, just be good and kind to each other.
We do awesome things here. We have the best members of any board out there. It’s an honor and a privilege to host this site. We know that. I know that.
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