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For example, you could say "my favorite Presidents of the last 50 years are Clinton and Reagan," but not "my favorite Presidents are Clinton and Reagan," because you'd be excluding the Federalists and Whigs. Similarly, "my favorite Senators are Joe Biden and John McCain" unreasonably leaves out the Independents, populated by Jim Jeffords.
Similarly, if you would like to criticize the President for a decision, you must also criticize someone from the opposition party (preferably a Senator, past President, governor, or Presidential nominee [presumptive is acceptable]). It is not necessary in this case to also criticize Jim Jeffords.
You may evaluate issues, but not at the expense of a single party of figure of that party. And there is a new one-time rebuttal rule: you may evaluate an issue, someone may criticize your evaluation, and you get one rebuttal to that criticism. Your criticizer gets no further rebuttals.
Several issues are involved with this decision. One of the reasons it's been so long in coming is that I've been wrongfully accused, on more than one occasion, of deleting comments and journals, and the idea of deletions -- quite frankly -- scared me. The potential for crippling backlash was enormous.
This site has always been one where anyone could say whatever they wished. But it's become increasingly clear that most people who exercise that right can't do so responsibly, and most others can't responsibly deal with the aforementioned people who exercise that right; and those aforementioned people often can't, in turn, responsibly deal with the others who can't responsibly deal with the aforementioned.
So, bottom line, most of you are just dumb, irresponsible, immature, or a combination of the three.
But this isn't anything new; so why change now? As some of you may realize, the machine and network for this site is provided by OSDN, which runs Slashdot, and is owned by VA Software. It has come to my attention that the journals favoring certain political personalities can, over time, amount to an illegal campaign contribution.
We all know, as the Congress recently made clear -- and was subsequently supported by the Supreme Court -- that the First Amendment protects the right to free speech, except in the case of political speech (the ameiklejohnian theory of the First Amendment). It comes with a price tag, and this is it.
If you have any comments about this policy, feel free to discuss them here; just remember that the policy is in effect now, so make sure your first -- and only -- response is a good one.