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Politics is a political discussion group.
makes the politics in this group so non-screaming? The Rules:
- The group meets at the Starbucks at Pico & La Pata in San Clemente.
- We meet at 11:30 a.m. on random Saturdays.
- Contact me to see if this Saturday is a meeting day.
- Or just drop by. They serve great coffee and great pastries even when I'm not there.
the guy with the fedora (Sinatra style, but I don't sing nearly as well
as he did) and the short gray beard. You can't get much more political than Frank Sinatra!
- Enjoy some coffee (and maybe a pastry) with your conversation! Or enjoy some covfefe, depending on your attitude towards Trump.
are entitled to speak only when you have the
When you get the buck, and start speaking, you must support
or oppose an action which a politician has the power to take or not take.
- Yes, we have a physical buck, which we pass around the table as
- The first person to get the buck is whoever sits to my left.
- Thereafter, the buck
passes around the table to
the left –
way the buck passes
are entitled to change the topic when you get the buck. Later buck
holders are entitled to change it back. They are likely to do this if
they regard your topic change as being an implicit admission that your
position was without merit, and want you to make the admission
You must state
why you support
or oppose the action. You may not merely state
that you support
or oppose the action. You
may voluntarily pass the buck at any time, but only by actually passing
may not merely support or oppose the politician himself/herself,
nor the supporters or opponents of this politician.
- An elected "politician" is a holder of public office (or candidate therefor) who is subject to your
vote. An appointed "politician" is a holder of public office (or
candidate therefor) whose appointment (or un-appointment) can be
influenced by an elected politician who is subject to your vote.
may not comment on other individuals (or groups or organizations), even
if they have political influence. Your comments must be directed to
what action some politician should take (or not take) about these individuals, groups, or organizations.
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.This
is a face-to-face political venue.
- 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.
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!
- 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.