In all honesty I agree with Paizo's decision to pull back from the political threads. In recent times, from my perspective, politics in the USA have become increasingly bleak and violent.
As I like to tell my friends when they ask me why I started open carrying, it started becoming socially acceptable for some reason for people to let out the crazy and I prefer something obvious to help dissuade the crazy from coming out around me.
To add some context to that statement: Due to my work I'm in a position where I am occasionally on site in some locations which are decidedly unfriendly. Initially I felt comfortable walking into these areas unarmed, primarily because I grew up in a very unfriendly neighborhood, however with recent political changes I observed an uptick in violence in those less than friendly locations as did a number of my coworkers, up to and including at least one coworker requesting company issued body armor on top of armed escort and open carry when in such unfriendly locations.
It also may not help that my personal political views are mostly in direct contrast with the political majority of where I live and work. Said political majority are quite vocal about their political opinions.