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I believe the moderate boards were tried here a few times before. They tend to die quickly but only after devolving into shouting matches where no one can recognize how extreme they are. Your best bet is to stick with libertarians. We are the most moderate because we hold the positions that most Americans hold - the government is too big, taxes are too high, the drug war is a failure, public schools are disgracefully bad, gun ownership is necessary for self defense, wars should be defensive and a last resort, etc. Only the radicals disagree with that stuff. <I/>

I get what you're saying. Libertarians can hold their heads above the other parties as believing in the most liberty. I have been a registered member since about 1990.

Republicans like to say that they are about smaller government, but support all sorts of moral laws that control the population every bit as much as the Democrats.

And Liberals like to say that they are all about personal freedom from government, but in order to do so, enact law after law to ensure everyone's "personal freedom".

But even I, a card carrying Libertarian from way back, understand that America is ruled by liberal and conservative people and that they deserve their say under the Constitution.

The new board is about debating issues. Individual issues are what win elections. When talking about gun control, debates always descend into arguments about righties loving the fact that children are killed, and lefties wanting to support criminal executions in our homes.

Neither argument is helpful, but when that individual American is in that voting booth, alone with their own conscience, profound courses of action occur. This is where the rubber hits the road and this is the place where influence finally matters.

All Americans are Libertarians after all. But when the opportunity to enact laws that control others present themselves, Americans may decide to do so according to their whims.

It would be nice if issues were debated according to their merits instead of who came up with them. Socratic dialogues consisting of questions that might lead to a different conclusion might be a good strategy. The inquisitor may learn more from such a debate than the inquisitee.

Bottom line is that anyone at any time may be absolutely wrong about anything. Live life long enough and you develop a fondness for the times you were proven incorrect and hope for more.

I started the board because I can't be proved wrong any more on any of the political boards I frequent without the subject being moved to an argument about party. I am accused of being a Liberal, or a Conservative as if that settles the matter.

Your mileage may vary.

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