This board has become a waste of time due to politics
If only things were black and white (oops may be a faux pas) anyway, Sailing makes an excellent point with respect to the purpose of the board(s). Danno also make a valid point that PM(s) are very much affected by the politics that occur and if one is to try and make some sense of what moves what it is important to keep an eye on such.
The problem is when the discussion takes off and many jump in to express their political opinions that are irrelevant with respect to board focus (PM). The board then get itself tied up in a tit for tat political discussion that wanders away from the purpose of the board.
Is there a solution? I don't think so, having been on boards for a couple of decades I've come to accept that it is part of human nature and depends on an individual's hot button relative to the discussion. It also depends on the depth and conviction of the core board membership.
What is a positive for this board IMO is that at some point the discussion always reverts back to what this board is for. We have some very knowledgeable people who participate and many investors who have an interest in making this board what it is for.
For the years I have been on this board I have not seen these periods of "wandering" take over the board for long unlike some other boards with lesser followings and or weaker participants .
The core group always tends to bring it back to its purpose. Just my 2 cents. Also realize this country is in a very uncertain and turbulent period, like it or not there is a lot of stress and dividedness out there affecting a lot of "things"