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I think this is where your impression of the purpose of this website could be incorrect. Let me point you to the "What topics can I ask about here?" section of the help center:
Politics Stack Exchange is for objective questions about governments, policies and political processes.
It is not a place to advance opinions or debate, but rather for exchanging objective information about the policies, processes, and personalities that comprise the political arena.
The purpose of this website is not to discuss our political opinions. It doesn't matter if our opinions are left, right, progressive, regressive, authoritarian, libertarian, globalist, nationalist, secular, theocratic or centrist. They don't belong here. We want to teach people about politics from a neutral point of view. We are not here to tell people that we think that a country is "much worse before/after [politicians]" or that another politician is "an embarrassing excuse for a public figure" in our opinion. This does not belong here.
Then what else are comments on this website for? This is explained in the help center article explaining the commenting privilege (which is the same as any other stack exchange site, by the way):
You should submit a comment if you want to:
- Request clarification from the author;
- Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post;
- Add relevant but minor or transient information to a post (e.g. a link to a related question, or an alert to the author that the
question has been updated).
None of the comments I deleted under this answer were really doing this. They were:
- Discussing the 2020 election results (irrelevant to the question)
- Affirming things already said in the answer
- Wondering who else in the Republican party could be considered an ideological leader (irrelevant to the question)
- Opinions on Donald Trump's work as a president
- Opinions on Joe Biden
- Comments responding to other comments which were already irrelevant.
So I deleted them. This is standard practice on this site. When comments don't fulfill these purposes, they get deleted. Not always and not in real-time, because we moderators can't read everything. So it can sometimes seem like the comment policy isn't applied in a consistent manner. But you can help us by flagging comments which do not fulfill these purposes.
Don't get me wrong: I believe that freedom of speech is important for a working democratic society. But what a democratic world also needs is the availability of resources that provide the necessary information to build an informed opinion without being influenced by rhetoric. Politics Stack Exchange wants to be that resource. If you want to exchange opinions and participate in debates, then there are already more than enough websites for that: Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Tumblr etc.