@ Peg: Engineers do rock! They may argue a bit at times, but that's just The Scientific Method.
The political analogy is an interesting one (there's plenty of coverage here in the UK of the run-up to the election in the States). It's all about getting behind "the vision" rather than doing what's obviously right (like engineers would).
Strangely though, it always seems that the general public would rather see unity veering in the wrong direction than a proper argument about what's fundamentally correct.
The Foundation has always had a curious approach to community relations, but I think it just exceeded its normal levels of complete ineptness. I just got banned for a calm and polite defense of education and Open Access Publishing in the RPF blog --- http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/1498#comment-26203
It's curious how an organization which has the alleged goal of fostering education doesn't allow the needs of education to be discussed.
It's a good thing that we discuss the technical issues with Raspberry Pi here, instead of over there. We'd have been banned 10 times over already.