I can hear someone saying, "Isn't politics and good manners an oxymoron?" I'm beginning to wonder if the two are opposites myself. I like an interesting discussion but not when one view gets bombarded as wrong, wrong, wrong. I've been on the receiving end of that type of "discussion" and don't like it at all.
Part of the problem, I believe, is the people who start the "discussion" only want comments from those who agree with them 100 percent. Hey, folks, that is not a discussion; that is propaganda. Heaven help the person who makes a comment not completely in agreement.
Allow me to give an example of a personal experience. Someone posted on a social website that he wished the people who kept demanding that the President show his birth certificate would finally shut up since one had been produced. He added that they probably wouldn't because those "people" refuse to believe anything but what they want to believe. I dared mention the fiasco about John McCain and how the media insisted he wasn't eligible because he was born on a military base in Panama because his father was military. It was a brief firestorm, yes, but it happened.
Needless to say, I started a firestorm. I wasn't defending anyone or attacking anyone, just adding to the discussion -- I thought. Silly me. Needless to say, I will not comment on that person's page, status, or whatever again. I was verbally attacked as if I had dared to call the President a dirty name, and I hadn't mentioned him directly or indirectly.
No good manners there, and seldom are found if politics or religion is the topic directly or indirectly. All my debate experience is for naught when I don't know there is opposition or the opposition doesn't know the rules of good manners. Some people want to be right, even if they have to batter someone with a bit of different opinion into the ground.
What a shame.