Standards and norms for this site.  Expectations on how things will be done.

Be polite and treat people with respect even when, and especially when, they express opinions you don’t agree with.  Keep reminding yourself of the principles behind the first amendment.

I am interested in dissent being expressed, that means people need to feel to express dissenting opinions without being bashed.

Adding tildas, ~~, in front a quote, eg from a founding father, means you are expressing a quote as you remember it or trying to get to the quote’s essence rather than a literal and 100% accurate quote.  In other words, the quote is probably NOT quite correct, but if it is getting to the same point then it is probably not worth quibbling over.