I turned off ISC chat today. I didn't want to do it, but I thought politeness required that I do so, before I let loose a comment I would later regret. Why? Inauguration blather.
There is a reason why the adage exists that recommends avoiding discussion of politics, religion, or money. People have different views, and often their opinions are strongly held. I make no apologies for opinions I hold, and those with opposing views are equally entitled to them. Nonetheless, there are times and places for expressing those views, and times and places for keeping tactfully silent. It strikes me that ISC chat falls into the latter category.
Should those who believe today's events are not a cause for celebration, but merely another milepost on the long march toward socialism and poverty speak up, thereby precipitating an argument? Should the loyal opposition observe to the crowd that the adulation is more than a little creepy, and reminiscent of various populist leaders who later turned out to have very authoritarian tendencies? Or should the proper response be silence, thereby effectively muting the minority? How can any of those be consistent with politeness?
Mind you, I am not saying that like-minded individuals should not get together and celebrate in any way they feel is appropriate. I noticed that Miss Poppy and Mr. Margulis were advertising a celebratory event. If one attends, one should not be surprised at an outpouring of happiness. Similarly, one cannot complaint about partisan chat when participating in a group called "Barack Obama Sends a Tingle Down My Leg" (as MSNBC partisan Chris Matthews once said). But ISC chat? Please, folks.