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Non-Screaming Politics

Non-Screaming Politics is a political discussion group.
What makes the politics in this group so non-screaming? The Rules:
  1. You are entitled to speak (and to change the topic) only when you have the buck. Yes, we have a physical buck, which we pass around the table as we speak.
  2. The first person to get the buck is whoever sits to my left. Thereafter, the buck passes around the table to the left – just the way the buck passes in poker.
  3. When you get the buck, and start speaking, you must support or oppose an idea. You may not merely support or oppose the people who have that idea.
  4. You must state why you support or oppose the idea. You may not merely state that you support or oppose the idea. 
  5. You may voluntarily pass the buck at any time, but only by actually passing it. Just being quiet is not enough. If some rude persons misconstrue your thoughtful pause as an invitation to speak, then the rest of us will give them such a stink-eye that they will skulk away in shame without you ever having to scream at them.
  6. You must pass the buck if you have been speaking for more than two minutes – at least if someone else reaches out his or her hand to take the buck. Two minutes is, after all, the allotted time in presidential debates.
  7. This is a face-to-face political venue. You must keep your cellphone/tablet/laptop off (or, preferably, at home or in your car). If you prefer an online venue, consider spending Saturday morning at home with this blog.
These rules are subject to change. Contact me with your suggestions! I'll post the current rules at least three days ahead of time. See you there!