Please read and be aware of the following rules, as they apply to the Legal & Political Forum:
In threads about a specific political candidate, any references to other (opposing) political candidates; the current President; the current administration or the Iraq War are off topic - unless made relevant by the OP. Further, such threads must be related to that candidates political stance on the particular issues.
Casual mention of other candidates are allowed if, and only if, it is not meant to become the de facto topic (thread jacking). Note the use of the phrase "casual mention."
Threads that are merely advocacy* threads for a particular candidate, without stating their political platform, will be locked or removed. In some cases, the offender may be barred from L&P. In extreme cases, the offender may be banned from the board.
The hijacking of threads with agendas not relevant to the OP will no longer be tolerated. Any person posting such, may find their posting privileges to L&P terminated without notice.
Drive-by posts have become all to common and will be deleted. Continued abuse will result in a ban from L&P. Drive-by posts are characterized as: being devoid of substance; attempting to advance an agenda without credible citations; no intelligent comment to the topic at hand.
TheFiringLine is not a conspiracy** board. Continued posting of conspiracies may jeopardize your ability to post in L&P.
* Advocacy Threads: Threads whose only purpose is to state that this candidate is the only constitutionalist; the only Republican; the only Democrat; the only conservative; the only liberal, etc. Likewise, threads whose only purpose is to denigrate a particular candidate will also fall under this rule.
** "Conspiracism is a particular narrative form of scapegoating that frames demonized enemies as part of a vast insidious plot against the common good, while it valorizes the scapegoater as a hero for sounding the alarm." Berlet, Chip; Lyons, Matthew N. . Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort. New York: Guilford Press.
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