I apologize in advance if anything that follows is discouraging or offensive to anyone that reads it.
As pointed out numerous times and in different threads, participation here is,.....dwindling.
AND, as has been noted previously the general sentiment among knowledgeable people, ...at least people that are aware of this site at all, ...when you mention FORCES, the typical response is "Good Information",...but that's about it.
While FORCES may be among the oldest, if not the oldest Pro-Liberty site, it also seems to be the least relevant, ..or least cited source,..and certainly not the most popular. I don't mean this to be strictly negative criticism, but nobody ever asks me "Well, what does FORCES think?" on any given subject, or news item etc., especially when I relate a discussion going on over at Siegels blog, or what's happening on so many different fronts in so many different states...but they should.
We should be directing the conversation where we want it to go rather than always playing catch up, or always playing defense. It takes time and effort I understand, but unless there is a significant amount of activity taking place "behind the scenes" so to speak and this is certainly not reflected in the Forums ...FORCES appears to be simply an empty shell.
I'm sick of playing Defense.
I believe that part of the problem here is the scope of FORCES promoted interests. Noble causes all, but the result is that with the minimal participation we have, any support at all for such widely varied interests becomes paper thin and nothing of substance gets done at all. I apprecieate the fact that attention must be focused on the international aspects of the constant assualt on liberty, but railing against the WHO, the UN, and other Socio-Eco-Politically corrupt organizations detracts from any fight that must still be waged on the front lines of that assault. (Forgive the analogy but, the Vietnam war continued to escalate even as Peace talks were being held in Paris)
We are well past the line in the sand and it's time for some offensive manuevering.
Third Hand Smoke!!?,...are you kidding me!!
Generally well written and thoughtful articles posted on a static homepage simply isn't enough, especially when nobody thinks about coming here first to get to the bottom line and heart of the subject matter to begin with.
FORCES should be in the enviable position of having media contacts clamoring to get our opinion on all things smoking related, but clearly that just isn't the case.
Are we afraid of possible negative publicity? ....Why?...at this point it would be better than none at all, and unless we're making this stuff up,...why aren't we speaking up and speaking out? Is the truth on our side, ...or not?
Why aren't we supporting those states that are currently resisting the fascism that's creeping across the nation?
We have some seriously smart people here. A small group that I see posting in all the same places.
I'm sorry, I've lost my train of thought as I'm in my office at the moment and am supposed to be working to keep my business afloat. Bottom line is this.
I volunteer to help as much as I reasonably can, but not to the exclusion of continuing the fight wherever it's needed.
We could make a good start by having an active CHAT, or blog posting system similar to others out there that do get a significant amount of play and get an active on-going dialogue between all interested parties.
I also volunteer to monitor (actively watch for spam and Anti-attacks) on such a system if that would be helpful.