I commend your respect for the forum rules. I suspect @neroden is simply describing his own way of thinking, not reprimanding you. My impression is that political discussion is encouraged as long as it’s about Amtrak and driven by policy objectives and not by ideology. E.g., a discussion on how Amtrak should be funded is fine, but a discussion of what rail service should be like in an [insert ideology here] utopia is not allowed. I’m sure a moderator or administrator can describe the forum’s political rules to you more accurately.