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As many of you know, I took a risk yesterday. A big one. And it scared the hell out of me.
When I got the e-mail from the Huffington Post editorial desk letting me know that my post, The Biggest Hypocrisy of All was up, I was terrified. And when I put it up on Diary’s Facebook page a few minutes later, I was literally shaking.
The response shocked me – in too many ways to count.
When I first checked Diary’s Facebook page, I realized that I was wincing. I had braced myself for the backlash.
What happened was entirely different.
As of 5:00 this morning, there were 181 comments on the Diary page, another 37 on the post itself. 657 of you liked it. 215 of you had shared it. I’ve found it in countless other places – shared by friends and friends of friends and friends of people I’m pretty sure I don’t know at all. Overwhelmingly, the response was supportive of the post.
Of course there was some of this …
Where’s the dislike button?
And this …
And as god blinded the people from Sodom and Gomorrah as the men raged for the young boys for sex. No, it’s not my rule it’s just my belief. Fighting for a unnatural [sic] union and fighting to eliminate embryo’s [sic] in favor of a woman’s ability to have sex at will and oh-no! make a mistake by getting pregnant sounds like a truly hedonistic paradigm. Oh, and it’s not emotional and my statement is level headed…..are you that calm when you read what I wrote which does not agree with what you think?
(For the record, yes, I was calm when I read that. I just happen to think very, very differently.)
And even this …
It’s amazing when someone disagrees with DOAM or doesn’t support Obama, their [sic] “getting their panties in a bunch” or is filled with hate and ideas of exclusion. Amazing.
If the article is on huffpo it’s too leftist for me. Never read anything from them.
I love your blog and following the ebbs and tides of your experiences with your daughters but I think that you have ventured into something that is just too opinionated for your followers. While it is obvious that some whole heartedly agree with your opinion and others do not, I think that you have drawn a line in the sand in a community that is already divided on many issues and that makes me sad. Of course we are all entitled to our opinions but I don’t think this post or any other on Facebook is going to change who and what people vote for. I sincerely hope that you didn’t do yourself a disservice by this post.
Jess, I really enjoy your blog because as a mother of a child with autism, I can relate. I really wished I hadn’t read this. Like my parents and grandparents have always said, “Politics and Religion are best left at home!”
The issue of abortion is pointless. No one is ever going to repeal the abortion laws and so it’s a non-issue.
I have a son with autism and to say that the GOP will cut their funding is ridiculous. Obama care is what gutted Medicaid not the GOP. Autism will be an issue each party has to address because of its prevalent in our society. No getting around that.
The issue about gay marriage should be left to the states. Even Obama flip flopped on this issue. I think everyone agrees that gay marriage will eventually happen but like dont as don’t tell, it takes time to get it implemented.
If you want to vote for a man that has no plan to get people to work, that leads the world from behind (what about the Syrians who are being killed) who calls on special ops teams to kill bin laden but leaves them hanging when they call for support in Libya, or for a guy who promised transparency and bi-partisanship but has isolated most of congress and has stoned walled them on issues like fast and furious then go ahead.
Your [sic] voting for someone who believes small business owners don’t build their own businesses and has more people on food stamps than ever before. And what do we get for his plans for Change? Nothing ! All we get is more lies and more debt and more people in the middle class being over burdened.
Romney is the clear choice for a successful America… For everyone!!
Are you aware that President Obama is pro-illegal aliens, and we the citizens of the United States are paying for all their benefits, including driver’s licenses! Not to mention they are getting the jobs that should be going to the jobless in this country! Our President has sued the state of Arizona for upholding the law to stop illegal aliens from coming into our country. Dont’ [sic] take my word for it, you can be informed by going to this link…numbersusa.com Did you know that during his campaign for the Presidency, President Obama said he would make sure that Monsanto’s genetically enginered [sic] foods would be labeled, but that hasn’t happened…why not! Do you believe we have a right to know what’s in our food, and what we feed our family. Thanks for listening!
I’m voting for Romney!
I read your article. While I do not stand in agreement with you on a facet or two, the general premise of your article “Think about what and whom you are truly voting for” are quite valid points and you articulated them well! I applaud you for not keeping silent. We know that was difficult for you to write but I think it was necessary. Thank you for sharing your viewpoint with us, whether or not we agree.
You’re a brave woman, Jess, and while I don’t agree with you on some of what you wrote and will vote accordingly, I respect you completely. Thank you for your honesty and integrity.
Thank you so much for sharing your point of view. I really appreciate your passion and the fact that you don’t compromise! And I’m glad that we can share a belief that we want our kids to grow up in a better world than we did.
I applaud you for the courage to once again speak your mind. Use your right as you see fit, no matter who agrees. I hope it inspires everyone to VOTE no matter who they vote for. What I find disheartening are the mean, cutting comments from people who fight everyday for their loved ones with Autism. You would think that you would hear enough of those things on a daily basis from society. I know I do and I look for support, not verbal abuse. Jess, I pray for your thick skin and your courage to speak!
I agree with you wholeheartedly, and even if I didn’t I respect your right to voice your opinion and to vote for who you think is the best candidate. That’s the beauty of living in a democracy.
Write what you are passionate about. Never fear that writing about a topic so important to you will mean you will lose readers. These are topics that need to be discussed. And we need brave people, like you, to tackle them. If you lose some readers, so be it. But you will likely gain far more.
And perhaps my very favorite — this ..
You can and should express your opinions without shame or fear. You must also respect others ideas and opinions. I do not agree with most of what you wrote but I will stand with you so you may express it.
No matter what you believe is most important in this election, I hope that you will make the effort to express it at the polls today. I know for many of you, especially those struggling in the aftermath of Sandy, that will not be an easy task. But it matters. Luau has signed up as a volunteer to drive folks who can’t get there on their own to the polls today. I hope that others will do the same.
Last night before bed, I wrote the following on Diary’s Facebook page. This morning, it says it all.
Thank you so much for all of the thoughtful responses to my Huffington post piece today. I am so grateful for the overwhelmingly supportive messages and comments. In some ways, I am most grateful to those who respectfully disagreed — who stated their differing views thoughtfully and despite our different perspectives chose to support my decision to speak up about what I believe, just as I support theirs. THAT is the stuff that truly makes this country great.
God bless this great nation.
I’ll see you at the polls.