..liberal voices in this forum have pretty much disappeared? I don't wonder. The answer is obvious. And now there are even fewer, as of today. My last post in the NAACP thread will be, other than this one, my last post here. I will miss many of you, and miss this forum. But I'm not going to be missing what it is now, because it is not what it used to be. I'm not going to name names, but there is a small group of people who really need to be reined in, and the rest of the membership, whether because they approve of their tactics, or because they agree, or because they are afraid of them, or because they don't think it's so big a deal, or whatever other reason, has refused to do that. I can't continue in a place where the kind of behavior we've seen from a few members, consistently, over a long period of time, is tolerated and accepted. The decline in civility, the tolerance of piling on and ad hominem attacks, has reached a point where it's no longer enjoyable, illuminating, or tolerable to be here. I don't want to name names, as I said, but I don't want to mince words, either. I know that I have been far from a perfect member myself, but I have not been the villain, the instigator, or the offender. Again and again I have struggled to make reasoned, nuanced arguments, to point out ways that arguments and discussion could be sharpened, or to bring voices, knowledge, experience, perspectives and opinions that are not being heard. But that is not what a vocal and unrestrained group of members of the forum want, and I'm finished trying to provide it. To those of you (again, I won't name names) who are sincere and intelligent and reasonable and respectful (and yes, I think you are the majority), even in disagreeing, I offer my thanks for some great years and I wish you all the best. Hell, I wish the best to all of you, in fact. I am reachable in a number of different ways, still, of course, and of course I welcome hearing from any of you. Just not in this forum. In case there's any doubt about what I'm saying, let me be as clear as possible. Due to persistent violations of rules 1, 4, and 6 by a group of members whose behavior has been tolerated and even encouraged by the admins, mods, and perhaps the forum as a whole, I am invoking rule 12. I am so stating.