I believe that the current administration has done more harm than good for this country, and I believe they need to be voted out of office in November. However, I refuse to read any thread that starts out talking about “Buscho”, “Bushistas”, or “the Repugs.” The use of such terms does not make me inclined to believe that there is going to be anything beyond hysterical ranting in the thread. They are clear flags that the thread is going to be no more than preaching to the choir.
Do you really want to make a difference? Lay out a reasoned and reasonable OP. If you resort to name-calling, you will persuade no one of the rightness of your cause. If anything, you will make your opponents look more reasonable than you are.
I realize this is the Pit, the place cordoned off for free reign of ire and profanity. And I don’t think that expressing outrage is necessarily a bad thing or counter-productive. But juvenile name-calling is.
Compare these two:
“Senator Smith is proposing that we charge people for voter registration. This is outrageous and illegal! It is clearly designed to disenfranchise the poor, whose right to vote must be protected.”
“Senator BigMeanieHead is proposing that we charge people for voter registration. This is outrageous and illegal! It is clearly designed to disenfranchise the poor, whose right to vote must be protected.”
How many people do you think will stop reading as soon as they reach “BigMeanieHead”?