Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. It’s a little sparse now, but I’ll be adding more as time goes on and I figure out WordPress and its quirks and idiosyncrasies. It’s my hope that I’ll be able to use it to express my views, and to spur debate and civil discussion. I’ve become incredibly frustrated about the increasingly polarizing political atmosphere, and the fact that people seem to be talking at one another, rather than to one another. There doesn’t seem to be enough places where discussion can be counted on to remain civil, and so I’ve decided to make one myself. While it’s a blog about politics first and foremost, I’ll also be using this site as an easy, one-stop place for all of my interests, including fandoms, which I’ll add to the main menu over time.

While I’m fine with, and even encourage, lively discussions in the comments, I reserve the right to delete comments and block commenters if it becomes necessary. There are certain things I will not tolerate—threats, harassment, endorsements of certain extremist groups, and spam come to mind. Similarly, I don’t have much tolerance for trolling.

This is not, despite what you may think, a violation of anyone’s right to free speech, which only applies to the freedom from government retaliation for, or suppression of, freedom of expression. You have no right to stand on someone’s lawn and scream obscenities at them. I’ve noticed that in addition to our legal, constitutional right to freedom of speech, there is a cultural expectation of freedom of speech, which for some people seems to mean the right to say whatever they wish without fear of social consequences. That is not the case, and it is certainly not the case here.

So I will delete comments and block individuals if and when it becomes necessary. I hope that this will come up rarely, if at all. If you can be considerate and decent towards one another, then you’re welcome here. Please understand that while I am encouraging civility amongst all of us in our discussions, this is also a forum in which I will be expressing provocative opinions. I look forward to the discussions we’ll have together.