I agree with both posts. Mike, please stay with us. If everyone with your perception drops out, the EAA will only slide faster in the direction you fear.
I've seen this happen in another orginization I'm in. I support the orginization because I believe strongly in it's principles, , but I have very strong disagreements with some of their spokesmen on matters which have nothing to do with what the orginization itself stands for. I think that issue alienates and repulses a great many potential supporters. I will remain a member and hope I can do something, even if very small, to return the focus to where it belongs.
I'm sure the EAA recognizes that big names, like Burt Rutan, are a big draw, which can mean big money. Perhaps there's a fear of them being offended and going away if they're told we're not so interested in hearing their views on controversial non-aviation matters. I'm sure other big names in the EAA like Harrison Ford and Captain Sullenburger have political views and I appreciate that they focus on promoting aviation and leave their other politics out of it.
It is inevidable that private sport flying, as we know it, is in for a fight for existance. We must all hang together, or hang seperately, as a great man stated. Most times the only way to prevail in a struggle is to ally oneself with those who you may agree with on very few other issues.
I imagine we've all been to EAA chapter meetings when someone had to spout out their political views. I don't quite understand why they feel that would add anything of value to the meeting. I guess maybe it's just human nature to assume that those who agree with them on one thing near and dear to them would agree on everything else as well. It happens but I'd rather not see that sort of thinking become national EAA policy....Louis