I wan to make clear that what I said in my last post is not some kind of “rule” for discourse that I’m trying to establish. I’m sure that in the past and in the future, I have and will engage in insulting and mocking various people I disagree with. It’s inevitable–and fun to do, I might add.
The point of that post was more that it’s very easy to engage in such behavior at the expense of doing actual thinking about what it is you support–what policies you would like, etc. It’s okay to write a scathing piece that rips into your opponent and make their ideas sound ridiculous, but too many blogs seem to do that and nothing more.