An Open Letter to the Anonymous Neighbor Who Put That Venomous Flyer in Our Mailbox Because He Disagrees With Our Political Choices
I would like to thank you for placing your homemade, venomous flyer in our mailbox—against the law as it was for you to do so—because it has changed my mind about a few things. The first is that your surreptitious act has convinced me that even though I usually stay away from political postings, I should not stay silent any longer. I am going to be quite blunt in my reply to you even thoughI know you probably will never see this (although I do have a pretty good idea who you are).
The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law...abridging freedom of speech.” We, as Americans, are lucky we have that right because there are countries whose citizens do not. That means that you absolutely have the right to support the candidate of your choice just as *we* have the right to support the candidate of our choice.
Where your right ends, though, is with giving us—and the other neighbors who support the same candidates and causes–that flyer. (And let me point out that you broke a second federal law in doing so as voting laws prohibit intimidation, coercion, threats, and interference “… with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose…”). It ends when you—and others like you—spew vitriolic, negative, and threatening words at those with whom you disagree.
So, here’s the deal. I’m With Her. I am voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton. I am voting for Catherine Cortez-Masto. I am voting “YES” on Issue 1. I am voting for progress. I am voting for what I think is right for this country. I have that right. You have the right to vote for whomever and whatever you want. I don't have a problem with that.
But, if who and what I support bothers you so much that you cannot accept it and talk to me politely face-to-face, then you have a problem. A serious problem.
Your Nasty Woman Neighbor