Well stated.L prof
I agree with you and it is unfortunate. Fish, however does seem able to withstand the onslaught pretty easily. I think there’s one advantage to our legal training and that is we were trained and those of us who litigated, if we were to be successful, had to master the art of “hate the sin, not the sinner” it is conceivable to totally and absolutely disagree with someone but still treat them with respect. It’s just not easy.
Over the last few years, the political climate, In my estimation has taken a turn for the worse. Second amendment rights really separate society these days. In addition to the Battle between Republicans and Democrats and the eternal conflict between Lions and Hyenas, sailboaters and powerboaters, we have gun people and everyone else. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground anymore. Some people love guns, some people think they are the root of all evil and there are not a lot that are ambivalent.
The forum runs the spectrum of human behavior but I will say that I have seen, believe it or not, things lighten up just a little bit. At one point, if anyone said anything conceivably critical of Trump, they would be skewered immediately. I have seen some folks soften a bit and even recognize that our president might tell a whopper once in a while but they believe he is the lesser of the two evils in tomorrow’s contest.
I guess what I’m saying is that some people just can’t conform to the laudable goal of treating each other with dignity and respect, that doesn’t make them bad. However, applying what you said regarding attacking the message and not the messenger, I think there’s hope for all of us.
One of my many criticisms of the left, particularly over the last 4 years, has been their efforts to squash opposing opinion. Their inability to accept anything that differs from their view. I’m not perfect, but I try to avoid being hypocritical. I’ve no qualms with Mr. Fish’s different values. And at least he is willing to listen and accept our’s. I question his sanity, wading into a decidedly conservative forum with liberal opinions. For example, I would be afraid to roll into a Ford or Chevy forum and promote Ram trucks. But I admire his bravery.
I think the forum has done well over the years keeping a lid on personal attacks for the most part without squelching freedom of expression or discourse. Most here seem to be able to handle a few flames now and then.