Discussion Rules & Copyright
“So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.” ~ John F Kennedy – Inaugural Speech, 20 Jan 1961
It’s understandable that the topic of war might elicit vigorous debate. Keep in mind that CIVIL DISCOURSE must be practiced at all times when posting comments.
Civil discourse is conversation intended to enhance understanding.
Civil discourse is “the language of dispassionate objectivity”, and suggests that it requires respect of the other participants, such as the reader. It neither diminishes the others moral worth, nor questions their good judgment; it avoids hostility, direct antagonism, or excessive persuasion; it requires modesty and an appreciation for the other participants experiences.– Kenneth J. Gergen (2001). Social construction in context. pp. 71–5. ISBN 0761965459.
What this means to those participating in discussions: NO name calling, flaming, trolling, threatening, disrespectful dialog, belittling, condescending tones, personal attacks, extreme profanity or being an arrogant jackass. We’re not here to wallow around in the mire of negative, unproductive arguments; there are plenty of other places on the internet where that can be done BUT NOT HERE!
Comments or dialog deemed disrespectful toward individual members of the United States Armed Forces or NATO forces, American Veterans, victims of war or individuals peacefully in opposition to violence/war absolutely will not be tolerated. It should be noted that thoughtful, well-supported criticism should not be mistaken for disrespect.
ANYONE NOT FOLLOWING THE PRACTICE OF CIVIL DISCOURSE AS OUTLINED ABOVE
WILL BE BLOCKED FROM MAKING COMMENTS.
Thank You in advance for your cooperation.
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