Forum Rule : No Harming Democratic Party Candidates Chances of Winning General Elections

No Harming Democratic Party Candidates Chances of Winning General Elections

This rule deals with the realities of a political forum in a country with primarily a two-party system. If we did not have this rule, opponents of liberal to moderate ideas would use our forums to promote 3rd party or fringe candidates in general elections as a means to create wedge issues & help win elections. Which would distract from the focus on politics & ideas and adversely affect the community experience. So it is okay to argue that the Democratic party or Democratic candidates should adopt a position of the Green, Libertarian or even Republican party on an issue. But not to advocate for or against specific candidates in a general election.

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No Advocating for 3rd Party Candidates over Democrats0
This rule deals with the realities of a political forum in a country with primarily a two-party system. If we did not have this rule, opponents of liberal to moderate ideas would use our forums to promote 3rd party or fringe candidates in general elections as a means to create wedge issues & help win elections. So it is okay to argue that the Democratic party or Democratic candidates should adopt a position of the Green, Libertarian or even Republican party on an issue. But not to advocate for or against specific candidates.
No Advocating for the Libertarian Party or for Libertarian Candidates over Democrats0
Many liberals are sympathetic to the Libertarian party based on their positions on foreign policy & some social issues. However, there are many positions most liberals would also strongly disagree with. It is okay to intelligently promote & debate Libertarian ideas in the forums. Or wish that Democrats or the Democratic Party would be more like the Libertarian party in some ways. You can be a registered Libertarian and participate in discussions of Libertarian ideas. You just cannot advocate for the Libertarian party or a libertarian candidate over a Democratic one. It is, however, okay to advocate for a Libertarian candidate over a Republican such as if no Democrat is in the race or you are convincing or arguing for conservatives to vote Libertarian instead of Republican.
No Advocating for the GOP or for Republican Candidates over Democrats0
No Efforts to Reduce Turnout for Democratic Candidates0
It is not okay to directly or indirectly encourage others not to vote or promote anything that might reduce turnout for Democratic candidates. Some liberals may believe that "boycotting" an election or not voting for a Democrat out of protest will help get more & better liberal laws passed. We disagree with that and this rule reflects that. It's perfectly fine to criticize Democrats but do not advocate for people to not vote just because you are not happy with them. Also note that many conservatives intending to be disruptive will purposely exploit criticisms the liberal base has for Democrats in order to discourage & reduce turnout. With posts like "Why should I vote? Democrat A is just like Republican B" etc... etc... If you are unhappy with the current Democrat running in a general election, you are welcome to promote efforts to elect "better" Democrats in the future or promoting the Democratic Party taking positions on issues that you feel strongly on. It is okay to state that you personally are not going to vote or plan to vote for a non Democrat as long as it is done in a way that does not directly or indirectly discourage others from voting for a Democrat.