Seems to me that this thread is a necessary outlet through which those of us who wish to do so can share their political views (and other thoughts that are off topic) without interfering with other topics. Much like the former Madder Than Hell forum.
And yes, if the comments on this thread, one of dozens of threads here I would note, offend anyone then just ignore it. Much like one might ignore tv channels that offend or don't interest them.
That said, I reiterate that there is no need for vitriol or name calling of our fellow forumites.
I'll just never understand it. I'm on another forum with a member that just posts (to me) unbelievably ignorant things. So you know what I do? I don't read them anymore. It's quite easy.