Today Lucinda posted this in response to my election eve post (please read the post to get the context):
does that mean you voted for that usurper who is not qualified to be
President? And now that he illegitimately sits in that office he is
selling us all down the river. Hope you're enjoying The Change. And now
we'll all watch as our country goes down for good."
After trying to respond to her via email (it bounced back three times) I ended up deleting the comment which I have never done before.
This was her response to the deletion of her comment:
"Oh, so you only publish comments favorable to you. You delete anything that disagrees with your views. I'll be sure to avoid buying your wares."
you are on the ball, at least when it comes to erasing any negative
comments. Be sure I'll spread the word in my quilt groups."
I want to sincerely apologize to Lucinda. Deleting the post was the wrong thing to do. I felt frustrated that I wasn't able email her and because I felt she must have fundamentally misunderstood the post I didn't feel comfortable with what I perceived to be a negative comment.
But I'd like to respond. I'm not at all sure why Lucinda assumed she knew my beliefs. I am private about these things, I think there's a good reason for the secret ballot. I think and hope that my comment did not give any clue at all to which side I come down on politically. I don't talk about politics here and don't talk about it in general because I have found that it can so often lead to negative feelings that impact relationships that I care about. What I was honestly and truly trying to say is that no matter what our political beliefs or who we vote for we usually have much more important things in common then we do differences. We love our families and we care about our communities, at least every one I know whether they are right, left, Republican or Democrat cares about these things. I KNOW this to be true because I have friends and relatives on all sides of the political spectrum who I LOVE and who love me, people who I know I could count on and people who I would help if they needed it. Basically, I was trying to say we are all Americans. Sorry, that's just what I believe and I certainly didn't mean to offend anyone with that thought.
I'm sorry, but I just can't and won't be angry with people who might have different beliefs then me. I'd spend alot of time being angry and I'd rather spend my time loving and caring for friends and family and neighbors (sometimes being angry at them but usually about petty stuff which is more fun to be angry about).
Hope I haven't offended anyone and I feel great respect for anyone who has passionate beliefs, I have them myself and I act on them privately in the voting booth.
Take good care.
PS Lucinda, again, I don't mean to offend you by saying this and I'm sorry if I had a negative impact on your mood today, cause honestly I get alot more joy out of having a positive impact on people but...you really cannot assume you know my politics because I have not told you what they are and you don't know me. What you can assume and what I will share with you is that I have utter and complete confidence in my country and in what I consider the nearly perfect system of checks and balances set forth in our beautiful constitution by our founding fathers. I'm a geek and I sometimes read the constitution for fun. Was just reading it the other night as a matter of fact. Maybe that's why I don't get too upset about politics. I believe that our system of government as laid out in the constitution ultimately protects us from bad governence or at least checks it at some point and that elections are part of that. The only thing you can assume about my political beliefs is that I truly love my country, our constitution and the ideals it stands for.