06-15-2011, 08:49 PM
Even If This Were A Real Lodge........
If we were all members of a Lodge and it had a big den where we gathered at night to talk about the days fishing sooner or later someone would want to talk current events. There is hardly a way to speak on the times and challenges our country faces without the conversation taking a turn toward politics. This is when things could get ugly, especially if some of the guys and gals held very staunch views and opinions about the issues and personalities involved in our government.
Think about this, you got a bunch of people who get along great, they all love fly fishing and talking fly fishing but if and when they talk about anything political things eventually go sideways. Pretty soon some of the guys won't talk anymore, even about fishing. Then the worst happens, even though the club managers know about the hard feelings that exist because of the subject shifting from fishing to more polarized things they don't make any rules against it. One night after a couple drinks and a heated political argument 'Biff' calls 'Buffy' a derogatory name in the heat of the moment. Buffy's husband / boyfriend takes a swing at Biff and the whole party goes bad.
Now that may be a roundabout way of saying something but even though this is the off topic Lodge Den we have had problems with members getting mad enough at one another that the hot and nasty PM's started flying. No one took a swing but then we are in a virtual Lodge not a real one. It would be a real good thing if we left posts about the following out of the Lodge Den:
By doing so we will avoid anyone being upset, or worse about a topic. If you are bent on discussing these subjects on the Internet there are innumerable websites, chat rooms, blogs, and news pages where you can have at it to your hearts content.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.