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Mike SteffanosSaturday, November 8, 2008
By Mike Steffanos


I mentioned in my previous post that I had supported Obama in the election -- without actually mentioning him by name -- and was somewhat surprised to receive several emails from people who read my blog that obviously do not share my political beliefs.

While it didn't really shock or offend me that some of you lean to the right in your politics, I was really surprised at the anger in a couple of the emails. While I'm all for free and open discourse, all I can say to anyone who is really angry with what happened this past Tuesday is to deal with it.

I've spent 8 years watching this country go down a road that I often disagreed with. I've had my patriotism and love for this country questioned by folks who didn't seem to have a clue what the Constitution of the United States actually says. Some of these folks don't even think that the part of the country I live in isn't the "real" America, despite the fact that the terrorists thought it was real enough to attack it 7 years ago.

After 7+ years of living under an administration whose polices have earned it lower approval ratings than Kaz Matsui had in his last season with the Mets, I honestly don't get the anger of folks who are so offended that most of the country chose to give the other team a shot at running things for a while. So while I'm not here to gloat if your candidate was not the winner on Tuesday, I'm not inclined to apologize for it to you, either.

My political beliefs have seeped into this blog from time to time simply because blogs are a very personal form of communication and hence a reflection of the person who writes it. On the other hand, I respect the fact that my readers come here to read about the Mets, not politics.

About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first 15 months of existence. Although I am grateful for the excellent contributions of my fellow writers here, I have no plans of stepping back into strictly an editorial role. I started this thing in the first place because I love to write and I love the Mets, and blogging here keeps me somewhat sane. If you haven't had enough already, more bio info can be found here.

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Comments (4)

Good comments. While this isn't a political blog, I see no problem if the writers mention their political feelings. I happen to share your politics, but if I didn't, it would not be my place to tell you not to talk about it.

Great post and I agree that blogs are unique in that we can communicate our most inner feelings, political or otherwise.

I got trashed on my site for delving into politics yesterday. I tried to make my post as unpolitical as possible, but the anger and resentment of the other side drew us into a fight I'd wished would have never started.

However, much of the arguments made have been positive and worthwhile.

Nice job, Mike.

Chuck - I appreciate that. I will continue to keep my politics to a minimum on this blog, but I'm sure it will reappear from time to time. As far as sharing politics, it's nice that one of our "teams" made it past the finish line ahead in '08.
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Thanks, Joe. Agreed with your take on the impact of the election.

Mike--

I agree with you wholeheartedly!! I also live in the NY area and many of my own family do not agree with my politics or my choice of baseball team. We are all free to express our opinions (either written or spoken) -- that is the beauty of living in a free society.
People may not agree, but they have no right to tell you what you can and can not write on your own blog!!

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