For quite a few years now, Ian has been kind enough to host this forum. Perhaps more than any other forum, this one is filled with curmudgeonly types who are mainly here to disagree. Maybe he figures we're better off here than in the main forum; on the hand, maybe he realizes that all year round politics is a sport that for some is as addictive as a Patriots football game. At any rate, this forum provides us with unusual opportunities -- to develop our political views, enhance our political knowledge, and engage with people who we might not ever come into contact with if not for the Internet. As wrong I know some of you are (and you know I am), I appreciate and value the opportunity to test my wits, my knowledge, and my reasoning against a group of people from all walks of life whose worldview is different from my own. I think this forum, while it may drive us nuts, provides us with an enjoyable and stimulating way to pass the time. So, as we brace for our heated debates of election year 2012, let's give thanks to Ian for providing us with an outlet to defend our deeply held beliefs.