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dis·sent
Pronunciation: \di-ˈsent\
Function: intransitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin dissentire, from dis- + sentireto feel
Date: 15th century

1 : to withhold assent
2 : to differ in opinion

– Miriam-Webster’s entry on “dissent,” the act of dissenters.

You are absolutely welcome to be a dissenter and to share and discuss your views. An amount of vocal dissenters is very healthy for discussion and government. The flip side of that coin is that by definition you are in the minority.

Don’t complain that your view isn’t being represented if you disagree with the majority of the people in our nation. Decisions are made for the greater, not the smaller. If national decisions were made solely to your satisfaction we would not have a democracy. I’m sorry you aren’t happy with our government’s decisions and they may in fact be wrong. I wish that everyone could be made happy at the same time. In the meantime, don’t insult people who don’t agree with you by claiming that you aren’t being heard. By the people, for the people, even if it pisses >50% of them off.

In addition: I apologize if the expression of my opinion hurts you. I don’t mean to disrespect or insult anyone. I often come off as a complete butt contrary to my intentions. Please forgive me and, if the fancy strikes you, correct me in private personally or via PM.

To conclude: I believe what I believe because I judge it to be right, not because I want to annoy you. Likewise, I express what I believe because I judge it to be right and because discussion is healthy, especially in these trying times. I encourage you to do the same in a loving, intelligent manner as often as you can.

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