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We're living in politically volatile times and are bombarded with a vast amount of information. It's difficult at times to discern what's accurate and what's propaganda. There are good sources out there though—nonpartisan sources with factual information. I'm not necessarily nonpartisan because I use a human rights lens to evaluate information and experiences. This means that I lean left. Social work is a political field grounded in a foundational value system steeped in a tradition of social justice. The roots of the social work profession lay in the legacy of Jane Addams and her advocacy on behalf of immigrants and other populations living in the margins of society.
The data I draw from is factual, at least that's always my goal, and then I connect the dots using critical thinking and analytical reasoning. All of my posts are drawn from years of research, policy analysis, and teaching. If you do not agree with me, you likely have an issue with the conclusions I draw, rather than the factual information I rely upon. This may be because you use a different lens to evaluate information in the world. Why is this distinction important? Because we should all be drawing from the same set of facts, and then we can come to varying conclusions based on our value systems, life experiences and the meaning we attach to the information we process. You are welcome to comment as much and as often as you like (or not), but I do require civil discourse and respectful engagement, regardless of your political persuasion. I moderate the messages on my blog posts and will allow passionate responses, but no name-calling, personal insults or cyberbullying.
Some examples of what is not considered civil discourse and will not be allowed include:
Name-calling, such as "idiot," "libtard," "Trumptard," "Trumpanzee," or any version of those. (you get the idea).
Debate that trails off into some rabbit hole from which there is no escape, is highly discouraged, but won't be banned.
Threatening language and personal attacks, such as what would constitute cyberbullying.
If I delete your comment, it's not because of your divergent view, but because you used a tone or language that I don't want on my blog. You are welcome to give it another shot, as I will only block users who are truly abusive.
Debate is good, name-calling and cyberbullying is not, and I will not permit it on my blog or Facebook page, (even if your perspectives parallel my own).
Comments on my blog posts close in 30 days. I welcome emails from people who are actively seeking greater understanding. Again, you do not need to agree with me. In fact, questions that involve varying perspectives enlighten me, so I welcome these types of engagements. What's not terribly useful though are those take the time to write to me just to call me derogatory name (such as "libtard Ph.D. from California" 🤔). Why? Well, first, because there are just more creative ways of insulting me, and second, the best way of challenging my posts is to debate the conclusions drawn from the facts. Those are fair game.
We may not agree on solutions, but I want to hear what you have to say (unless you call me an idiot, then not so much).