Thank you, Blue — always good to hear from a long time (I won’t say “old”) friend.
I’ve noticed a little less tolerance around here, but taken it stride, txzman. The internet has been kind of a rough place since I found it 20 years and FR maybe a LITTLE more civilized, but still wild and woolly sometimes.
Thinking about it, what is going on here is somewhat reflective of what is going in “real life” politics. This site over the years has gotten harsher towards RINO’s and Libertarians over the last few years. This is (I think) a side effect of conservatives being let down by little to no effective opposition in the Obama error, er, era and the hood winking that we all got from W.
What I see going on now is a polarization that reflects the strains on the system. We all are having the feeling that time is running out and that more extreme measures a justified and needed. Which leads to an exhaustion of tolerance by many. This is not a left/right, lib/conservative thing either. Anybody that is somewhat politically engaged can feel what is coming. Many are behaving accordingly, even here.
As for me, I am pretty much disengaged from the political process, as I have come to believe that it is nothing but Kabuki Theater and essentially meaningless. The system itself has permitted us to get where we are today and those that benefit the most from the status quo will make dammed certain that the system will not be used to make meaningful changes. The left came to believe that 50 years ago. W and Obama convinced me of it since 2002.
The next leader I show any devotion to will be the one that says “let’s burn it all down and start over!”.