Saturday, November 3, 2012

Obama and Benghazi


"It's better to die a hero than live a coward." - Charles Woods, father of slain Benghazi SEAL, Tyrone Woods, speaking to Obama

I'm going there.

From Forbes:
Just one hour after the seven-hour-long terrorist attacks {on the anniversary of 9-11} upon the U.S. consulate in Benghazi began, our commander-in-chief, vice president, secretary of defense and their national security team gathered together in the Oval Office listening to phone calls from American defenders desperately under siege and watching real-time video of developments from a drone circling over the site. Yet they sent no military aid that might have intervened in time to save lives. Why, in the heat of battle with real-time communications regarding what was going on, didn't our leaders send responsive help that was so urgently needed?

Now let's back up... 

There are a few topics I have not discussed or debated here on my blog: religion, politics and vaccinations. Why? They're always hot topics in the press, in our daily lives, and most of the time it is nice to have an escape from the issues of the day. I also know that I have a public brand and frankly it's not a good business decision to broach subjects such as these, certainly not often at least. As you know though, I do write on subjects I feel passionate about {generally having to do with health and wellness, and yes, immunizations will come up one of these days}, but those posts are few and far between for the most part. I would hope that women do not base their decision to buy my clothing based on the fact that I tell them whole wheat bread is a poor choice ;) but one can never know! Right now, given the state of our country, that is a risk I am more than willing to take.

I have held my tongue on politics for a long time now. I am not going to discuss our horrendous level of national debt and unemployment numbers {the highest of any incumbent since FDR}, that food stamp growth is 75x greater than job creation, or even how Obamacare would truly cripple - break - our healthcare system. The facts speak for themselves on all of that. I am going to briefly touch on an issue that I cannot stay silent on any longer given recent events and new developments out every day - an event that hits very close to home for me given the former Navy SEAL involvement: the above-mentioned incident in Benghazi.

If you do not know much about this topic {and ESPECIALLY if you have not voted or have yet to decide who to vote for} PLEASE make it to the end of this post.

Four years ago when several of my friends told me they were going to "Barack the Vote," I cringed inside but usually kept my mouth shut. When I see Eva Longoria appointed as Obama's campaign co-chair, I can only roll my eyes. When I watch a video of Michelle Obama saying, "All this for a damn flag" as she sings our national anthem, I pray that whomever translated her lip movements on that video was somehow incorrect. {The videos of this have all been blocked on YouTube now} But this Benghazi incident? It has....floored me. Broken my heart. Saddened me so deeply tears have been brought to my eyes. Shaken me to the core because out of all the disgrace Obama has brought to our country during his tenure as our president, this incident has shown his true character. I have truly {sadly?} only just realized what he is made of. I do not want this man to lead my country for one more hour.

Read once more what transpired:

On the anniversary of 9-11, our foreign diplomats were on heightened alert with warnings in Libya that attacks were coming, and Obama had previously denied Hillary Clinton's {Secretary of State} request for additional Benghazi security. An al-Quaeda linked terrorist cell attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were stationed at a nearby CIA office, rushed to the Consulate in attempt to try and save the Americans. The State Department and White House were notified immediately. Over the course of the next 7 hours, Woods and Doherty saved 30 people, fought off the terrorists, continued to plead for help from the US government, and not only was the White House watching LIVE, the White House denied them the help they requested. Woods and Doherty were killed in the heat of battle. They died for a country now trying to cover this up. 

From The Weekly Standard:
The CIA spokesman at the direction of CIA director General David Petraeus issued this statement on October 26: "No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need. Claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate." Who in the government did tell "anybody" not to help those in need? Someone decided not to send in military assets to help those Agency operators. Would the secretary of defense make such a decision on his own? NO. It would have been a presidential decision. There was presumably a rationale for such a decision. What was it? When and why - and based on whose counsel obtained in what meetings or conversations - did President Obama decide against sending in military assets to help Americans in need?

Former National Security Adviser Bud McFarlane said this of Obama's non-response to the Benghazi 9-11 terrorist attack: 
"To have known what he had available, to have known that Americans were under fire, and to have done nothing, is dereliction of duty that I have never seen in a Commander in Chief from a president of any party. Outrageous."

For this to not be more covered in our media is ludicrous and sickening. Why are they ignoring this? Didn't Obama pledge to be the most transparent president in history? For Facebook to start censoring negative talk about Obama is absurd. We are headed in a dangerous direction, and those who do not understand this have neither read the facts nor taken responsibility for truly educating themselves. Obama is scrambling to cover a lie, and I am not going to be a part of that.

For much more in depth information on the Benghazi terrorist attack, take a look at these links:

Please, do your part to VOTE in this election this coming TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6. {type in Voting Stations into Google and you can enter your information to find the closest spot} Research and read and inform yourself about HISTORY and what has worked and what has not. Look at failures in Europe for hundreds of years and how to best avoid that path. Politics have become a topic that people shy away from, and to me, nothing is more unfortunate. I posted a photo on Instagram last week of the sticker I got when I voted, and although the pic received more likes than any photo I have posted to date, one young, cute pregnant girl wrote, "This made me unfollow you." I thought....wow. How sad. How ignorant. Politics should be debated and embraced, not run away from or seen as a scary topic we will be judged upon and therefore choose silence. Let your voice be heard.




116 comments:

  1. i just happened by my computer after a hard day of renovating - and the last thing i expected to see was this post on your blog. as a die-hard-never-talk-about-politics-in-public sort of girl (rational, non-volatile dialogue/discourse has become so hard these days) - i've really struggled with talking about this election and thanks to you - i think a post is needed. thank you for reminding me that my voice is as important as any other persons - and that can be civil and clear and articulate in the face of vile, irrational and dogmatic passion.

    i don't think anyone is perfect, nor do i expect perfection from our elected leaders - but i am fearful of another four years with a president that is held to no standard - no elected official is this modern age of information and technology has ever been afforded this privilege.

    my politics has never been determined by the outcries of a party or group. my politics are determined by my sense of integrity and humility and morality.

    what we see/feel at a personal level, is what we hope is reflected at a national level. i know no one that would sit back and watch their neighbors come under attack and do nothing. maybe for the first hour we would be shocked and fearful and questioning - but seven hours later...what choice would i have.

    we need to make decisions as a nation from a perspective of what is right - not what is politically correct or internationally popular. and we hope our elected officials would be able to have enough perspective to do the same.

    okay, blathering coming to an end. i just wanted you to know that your post touched me - not because the sentiment is new or unspoken...but because the courage you have to speak it in this forum.

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  2. Amen, amen, and amen. I can't go on because I wouldn't be able to stop.

    P.S. I'm glad to see the interior shots of your car with your nuggets in it. I have the same one and feel like such a nerd sometimes, and misery loves company. You can't beat it for the space though!

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  3. Dear Sheridan, I already emailed you as I thought I could not leave a comment...and today reading your beautifuly and eloquently structured "sentences" regarding the current president and politics are heartwarming to me the least to say! You speak the truth and you are a very intelligent woman (whom I follow as a lifestyle colleague) but who impressed me today on a different level; call it politics, call it our basic duty as people, or simply focus on our mutual future!

    I am Czech, Canadian citizen and a post communist child, 38, and I am not American, but it is very important to me because America is what Canadians hide behind sometimes (: and what Europeans watch closely... said very simply.
    I won't repeat what you have already sais so well in your blog article today, I fully agree with you and that is all.

    I am dissapointed in Obama, embarrased for him and feel the pain for those who died because of him.
    It is not about being left or right, black or white, democrat or....it is about doing the right thing and leaving religion out of politics... Gosh I whish, hope and encourage that most Americans are as honest with themselves as you and do the right thing for all the world!

    xox Z

    btw: Europeans are messing things up because going back to socialism is the wrong way(: but I guess they have to learn the hard way, I am sad for my country and when I stood up to end Communism when I was 18 yrs, I never thought my people would be that naive to follow EU into this huge ridiculous dishonest shameful socialist silly pathetic dictatorship melting pot!

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  4. I commend you for posting this. Politics are one thing; facts are another. And the facts here are disturbing, at best.

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  5. so glad you said it. Way to stick up for what you believe in. And I agree...we cannot go another 4 years with this president. Our country is in serious danger if he gets re-elected. Let's pray that everyone feels the same way we do.

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  6. Thank you for your post! It was the right thing to do!-Shirley

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  7. Praise God and thank you so much, Sheridan, for having the courage to publish this post. I am gravely concerned about our country and I shutter to think of what it will be like if Obama gets re-elected. I feel we are on a slippery slope and so many are following blindly. I pray that our country can still be a "home of the free" for our children and grandchildren. You are such a wise and well spoken woman. Thank you for speaking the truth.

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  8. Thank you, Sheridan, for your post!

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  9. Thanks for the post, my heart breaks for the families of the Benghazi incident. I cannot imagine how they feel. It makes me sick that the media has skipped over all of this. Already voted and hope that America will make a good decision come Tuesday.

    I am so impressed that you "went there" when you have a brand and when you could have repercussions from this post. Thanks for standing up and saying something when no one else seems to be....

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  10. Sadly, this is where we part ways.
    (and I had so enjoyed your blog/brand)

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  11. One of the best blog posts I've read in a really long time. Thank you for being so vulnerable and honest! I could not agree with you more about everything you said. I think I'm going to share this on my blog if thats ok.

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  12. Sheridan,

    I have been following your blog for awhile now and enjoy the "break from real life" and escape that yours and others blogs bring me. So I was surprised to see the title of this post, but so glad to have read this. Thank you so much for sharing more of the truth about Obama which our media chooses to ignore. I can only hope that your post will open the eyes of even one voter out there. This is the first comment I have ever made on any blog but I felt backing you in posting this information was so important! Thank you!

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  13. Very well written post....all from the heart. I agree with everything you said 100%. I literally tremble at the thought of four more years of this man as the leader of our country. Hoping and praying that many others feel the same way.

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  14. Wow. You went there- Good for you. You may get a lot of flack for this, but you did the right thing. The Benghazi issue has been weighing on me since it happened. An Ambassador dies and our county seems to yawn. Well, not me- and thankfully not you either.

    I guess I am going to have to support the Sheridan french line now. Can you make some dresses for girls with hips, then?

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  15. You say : "Politics should be debated and embraced, not run away from or seen as a scary topic we will be judged upon and therefore choose silence."

    But I fear in this post, you are, unfortunately, being extremely judgemental - judging people for voting Obama since according to you (and Guisot), these voters have no brain.

    I have no issue with people voicing their opinions, actually I am 100% for it, but it's just when someone thinks that the other side has no validity at all and can't respect others for having opposing opinions is where I start to have issues.

    I absolutely love that you voiced your opinion, but if you want to be able to have a debate and a mature discussion, don't go calling people you wish to have this discussion with stupid.

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  16. So enjoyed this post. If people no longer read your blog because of this post then it is their loss. The beauty of this country is that we have the freedom to share differing opinions. While I very much agree with you, I can't imagine no longer reading a blog or following someone on social media simply because of different political beliefs. I very much appreciate your courage to share your thoughts. All the best to you and your family.

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  17. Though you are entitled to your opinion, i wish you would have kept it off of your blog. I for sure will not be following it anymore. in the future, stick to fashion, not politics.

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  18. THANK YOU SHERIDAN!!! If even you change one voters mind with this post it was so worth it. As hard as I've tried, I cannot for the life of me, see what others see in this man, this so called leader of the free world. He has embarrassed this country time and time again. We are in a very dangerous position and can only hope and pray for a change. Thank you for having the courage to speak out on this touchy subject!

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  19. Hello Sheridan,
    I applaud your outspoken & frank nature (on all topics!) - I like a girl who doesn't mince words and IS who she IS unapologetically! While I also agree that this incident was truly a tragedy, politically, I actually reside on the opposite side of the street. Please take this comment (from the other side of the fence!) as a compliment to your strong sense of self - part of why an NYC girl tunes in here for a peek at the life of a sassy Texan! Love your style, brand & blog! Cheers, Anne P.S.- Your political leanings should be no secret to regular readers - ahem,
    your hubby's darling Stubbs loafers with the Elephants you featured (if only they were donkeys! HA!) XO

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  20. Amen. I am always amazed at the level of influence celebrities have on opinions of people. I believe it was Elvis who said it best when asked about a particular political situation, "I'm just an entertainer". People, open your eyes, read, listen, and finally...think for yourself.

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  21. For any undecided voters out there and even the voters that are voting for Obama, I think you owe it to the country just to watch Obama's America 2016 Love Him Hate Him You Don't know Him before you vote. This is such an important election. We all love America and want the best for our country and our families. In that we all are united. I don't think Obama has America's best interest at heart. I really don't. Just watch. You can decide for yourself, just watch the movie. Please, for America!!!!!!

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  22. Sheridan- I have to strongly disagree with you. President Obama has done a wonderful job leading this great country we live in. It is Romney that I'm afraid of. I love this quote:

    "I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest.They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say, 'My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.' It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you 'disagree' with your candidate on these issues." - Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright Doug Wright, in a message now going viral on Facebook.

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    1. Adore this! Well said!

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    2. The future of America is what matters! The big picture!!! Of course Republicans aren't going to take away your civil rights!!! Obamacare, big government spending, taxing which will equate to NO new jobs!!!, and just leading us down a path of mediocracy and socialism are the issues. As far as civil rights...socialist behavior is taking away my rights and yours too! I like to think that Republicans are concerned with giving the power to the people!!!

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    3. "And of course it's gettin' harder, what with Obamacare extending our lifespans. Let me die in an emergency room of a treatable disease, like an American."

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  23. I'm surprised that as a business woman you would "go there". Unless 100% of your clientele is republican, your post could offend current or potential clients that just so happen to think differently than you (or "don't have a brain"). Just something to consider.

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    1. Well said and so true.

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    2. I really don't think she cares/ needs your business.

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  24. I RARELY comment on blog posts but I just want you to know how much I appreciate this one. Of course part of the reason is that I agree with your position, but I also loved reading it because it represents what is so special about this country, which gives people the incredible opportunity to voice their opinion and have a dialogue about these issues without risk of punishment or death. Compared to the rest of the world, this is incredible indeed. For the life of me, I cannot understand those who would choose not to follow your blog over this... I love how conservatives are often considered "closed-minded" and "prejudiced" yet when we express our views to anyone who does not share it, we are completely shut out. Seems like a double standard to me. They seriously cannot even hear from someone who shares a different opinion than them? Seriously?

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  25. Excellent post, Sheridan! I am someone who has always enjoyed a person who has an educated opinion on a topic, even if that opinion differs from my own. In fact I enjoy discussing a topic with someone who has an opinion different from my own more than with someone who agrees with me and my views. I know what forms/ed my opinion, so I want to understand how another forms an opposite opinion. I think as a society we should encourage open and respectful discussion of weighty issues, instead of avoiding them. Thank you for "going there" with this post. We need more of this in our country!

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  26. Sheridan, I too shy away from talking about politics, religion & money as those are all hot topics. I have been a follower for a while of you, I stand and applaud you with this post! I actually read it to my Husband as He has been saying all along that this Commander in Chief has been the undoing of America. Keep doing your posts, even on hot topics, those loyal to you understand.

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  27. YOU.GO.GIRL!!!! "I do not want this man to lead my country for one more hour." I couldn't have said it better myself. Will Romney make mistakes... of course... But I will feel better about having a quality man leading my country! All my prayers that this country will pull together and vote for Romney on Tuesday! "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose!"

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    1. you know, the creator of that tagline (from Friday Night Lights) has asked Romney to stop using it as hisslogan, but he has refused. Class act.

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  28. I have never commented on a blog post until now. I have read your blog for a couple of years. I have assumed from tidbits here and that that you follow a conservative line. I am glad we as a country have freedom of expression, and I commend your for, I suppose, having the courage to "speak up". You will be viewed as a martyr if people such as I cancel your blog.

    You have a voice that goes out to thousands. Many in this campaign have ignored the fact-checkers purposefully and intentionally. That is irresponsible for a person who has a forum. You become no more than an emotional propagandist.

    The State Department has recently released facts regarding Sept 11, 2012. CIA reinforcements who were nearby arrived within one hour of the attack. A drone was summoned from 90 miles away for help. There was a lull in the fighting that lasted for 4 hours (not a continuous 7 hour seige as you implied) when additional help was flown in. More fighting started around dawn, and that is when the two Seals were killed. Ambassador Stevens had been missing since the beginning of the attack. Obviously, there is much more we would like to know about that day and the events surrounding the attack. I don't know why the President hasn't been more forthcoming. I do know that there was increased terrorist activity before the Sept 11, 2001 attacks. I was saddened, outraged, afraid, but I don't EVER remember blaming our President for the multiple attacks that killed close to 3000 Americans.

    You also touched on economics, jobs and healthcare in you column. Many economists say that the economy is fairing far better than expected for such a severe recession. Many economists state that the recovery would have been faster had the stimulus been even BIGGER. Europe has chosen a path of economic austeriry to try to recover from this world-wide economic disaster, but this has not proven effective. It is astounding to me that intellligent people preach that we as a country should also choose this path when it clearly has not worked in greater Europe. I am a physician and have see the benefits of the few parts of the Accountable Care Act that have been implemented. Youth 26 years old and younger can stay on their parent's health insurance, and folks with pre-existing conditions have been able to be insured. Many other positive provisions have not been enacted yet. It is a long proposal with which most people have not familiarized themselves. Healthcare must change. It is unsustainable as it is. All people must have access to affordable insurance. It is too costly otherwise. Driving would not be as affordable if all people did not have auto insurance. That, also, is manditory.

    I realize that I will not change your views with this information. I do ask you to dig deeper, be more open- minded. Realize that there are PACs spending millions of dollars to help you have those views that you espouse. They have succeded. Many mistruths are being thrown around. People are outraged by this misinformation, and they don't really seem to care if it is factual or not. You should be better than that because you do have a forum.

    Political choices should not be based on one particular event or a singular political stance. I fear that many Republicans can give a long list of reasons why they support Romney, including those listed above. However, I think in most instances it boils down to taxes (their own pocketbook) or gay rights. I personally would fair much better financially if Romney were elected. I implore you to listen to Bill Clinton's speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. That is why I am a Democrat, and that is why I support President Obama.

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    1. This is why I am a Democrat too. And Sheridan, this was a very well written post, and your encouragement for everyone to get out and vote is laudable.

      I did find that video you mentioned online, it's still on YouTube here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJgWMI0hch8 ) however the issue with "whoever translated it" is that said lip reader is a mystery figure shrouded by a chain e-mail. The "School for the Deaf and Blind" mentioned in the description fails to mention any actual instructor or institution who can claim this translation. Glen Beck also tossed it to his audience for their opinion via poll. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/jun/26/chain-email/river-school-lip-reading-damn-flag-first-lady/

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    2. The Obamas have been busted!!! The look of disgust shows it all!!!

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    3. And oh by the way, Obama is not Clinton!! Clinton brought the parties together. Obama not so much!!

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  29. I appreciate your opinion and think it is great that you can share it. However, calling those who support Obama or those who are liberal lacking a brain is simply uncalled for. I will use the money I was going to spend on your clothing and donate it to the American Red Cross. Hurricane victims need it way more than I need one of your tunics.

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    1. Exactly, and those who do not want to participate in this are "ignorant."

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  30. The Benghazi attack and subsequent murders were incredibly covered up and barely reported by our media. For a very short time, photographs of our American ambassador were shown online as the mob carried his dead body around like a prize. As Americans, why are these images hidden from us? We should be outraged and cry out for an explanation and justice. It is my understanding our Navy Seals were initially told to stand down and were not able to offer the assistance they are so highly skilled and trained to provide. And then they are given no backup support and died as a result? How horrific. This nightmare is being covered up but once the election is over, I am sure more and more details will surface. I am more of a moderate and bi-partisan when it comes to politics, but will tell you that I will not be voting the Democratic ticket this election. I wish for a return of patriotism and pride in our country. Somehow I do not have strong faith in our current President's loyalty and patriotism. We need to speak up loudly with our votes, stand more firmly and not let another four years continue on this path. I fear for where we will be as a nation in 2016. As an aside, I watched An Act of Valor last night. Highly recommended. It shows the brave acts that our Navy Seals perform for our country every single day. Our country needs to stand with and support our military now more strongly than ever. Thank you for this post. - Angela Sikes

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  31. Thank you! It takes guts to share your opinion if you are a conservative these days. We are viewed as greedy, heartless idiots. I think its funny to read the comments to this particular post. You addressed that you know it's a big risk to speak your opinion when you have a public brand, yet the commenters who are supportive of Obama repeated exactly what you said so they obviously didn't read the whole post. You said, it was more important to you to state your opinion whether you lost business or not. THank you for standing up for what you believe!! I highly doubt you will lose much business.

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  32. This is the first time I've used an anonymous comment. I am doing so because I am a fellow blogger who, unlike you, is choosing to keep the politics out of my blog. As Americans, we have the freedom to vote and I'd much rather someone vote than not at all so I am glad you are doing that. I just wish voting and political opinions were a more private affair. So this is where I bid you adieu.

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  33. This is my first comment on a blog post, and I am a litte nervous to give it. First, I think it is wonderful that we live in a nation where you are able to post your harsh criticism about our President and feel comfortable that there will be no serious consequences. Second, the fact that you are voting for Romney is not particularly offensive to me, and likely makes good economic sense.

    That being said, this post left me unsettled. I think that some of the reason that it is such a gamble to talk about politics right now is that it is hard to keep a civilized tone. And while you lamented the fact that most are afraid to talk about politics, you proceeded to talk about it in a highly inflammatory way. Many people don't like Obama's politics, and that is fine, but has he really "disgraced" our country? I have been reading your blog for a while, and remember you mentioning that you spent some time abroad. Have you not noticed how much Obama has improved the way the U.S. is viewed by the world? When I would travel, being from the US used to be an obstacle to creating a positive impression. That's simply not the case anymore. You continue with this attacking tone toward anyone who voted for Obama and then even to the girl who you called "ignorant." I am pretty sure she apologized, but even if she didn't is humiliating and judging someone really necessary?

    As someone with a significant other serving our country abroad, I very much felt the loss of those American Citizens. I watched them come home and be loaded off the plane. It could have just as easily been the one that I love. I wonder if you have heard the ambassador's father begging for this not to become a political issue or read one of many articles stating that this was not a cover-up. The support that you use in your post is valid, but I was always thought that to have a strong argument you have to address that which does not coincide with the points that you are making.

    Personally, I found this piece very compelling. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/10/the-amazing-story-of-what-happened-in-libya/263597/

    Whew. Long response. Sorry! With all of that behind me, I respect your opinion, I will continue to read the blog, I am proud of those risking their lives to serve our country, I am happy to live in a country where interaction like this could occur, I am incredibly impressed with the four years that Obama has given us, I voted in hopes of him having four more, and I pray every day that we will get to the point as a nation where we can talk about our opinions in civilized ways.

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  34. I find it funny how people have to stop following the blog because of statements like this. As if they can no longer take it to follow someone speaking their mind. Republicans still follow LIBERAL networks like CNN or shows like SNL in spite of their stances. Grow up people.

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    1. A person's decision to no longer patronize this blog because of a particular post is an exercise in freedom of speech just like this post is an exercise in freedom of speech.

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    2. Exactly! I assumed Sheridan was quite conservative quite early on, as I have been reading this blog for over a year and a half. I am definitely not along the same lines of political thought, but I really don't come to this blog for political insight or knowledge. I come here because I dig her sense of design. This is HER lifestyle documented in her blog, and we happen to have drastically different lifestyles. I agree with many ideas she has put forth on the subjects of birthing, breastfeeding, and eating paleo, supporting pitbulls as kind, family dogs, but there are many other things I disagree with. Babywise, religion, politics... I am not of the same beliefs at all, and applaud Sheridan for being bold enough to put it out there where her heart is when it comes to such topics. Again, it has nothing to do with why I read here. Would the conservative leanings cause me to stop reading? Never- it hasn't at all. Would it stop me from buying pieces from her line? Never as well, however I would most likely not drop several hundred dollars on a single piece of clothing, and would much rather support a designer who actually needs to money if I were to. l I am very liberal in my beliefs, and I believe in being nonjudgemental above all. Crazy as it may seem, I honestly believe both top candidates for the presidency are passionate about fixing things here in America, and I'm down with whoever wins. There is so much more to our government than one leader at the top who holds absolute power, and true change needs to come from every citizen and every person who holds any power- enough of the greed from all sides. Thanks, Sheridan, for making us all really think long and hard at this point, and thanks for being more than just a superficial housewife with frivolous good taste!

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    3. wow! Great response. It is so refreshing to have dialog, and Sheridan's blog post did just that. I find it sad that readers who disagree with her POV would petulantly discontinue reading her blog.

      Good grief, if I had that same close-minded response then I (as a pretty staunch moderate Libertarian) would be too heated/put out/offended to read Vogue (openly support the Dems), watch most films (because the majority of actors who talk politics are Dems), or enjoy most any polite dinner party here in NYC, where it is decidedly unfashionable to be anything other than close-to-socialist in certain creative/intellectual circles.

      I hope and pray that "liberals" can see the irony of their choice to boycott!

      Incidentally, I was recently in Hong Kong- at a "polite" dinner with two Brits who have become American citizens and supporters of Obama.

      When they found out I went to church (nothing about my doctrinal beliefs, background or anything), they launched into a full on attack: because I go to church and (gasp) believe there is a God, I must therefore be stupid, insane, crazy, anti-intellectual and far right wing.

      It was straight up persecution for my beliefs, and so the antithesis of what our country holds dear.

      I implore anyone who considers herself a grownup to ask questions more than attack, to seek to understand what informs another human being's experience and, most importantly, refrain from petty insults when discussing such emotional matters.

      I hope that we can collaborate and create the country we want, regardless of which party is in power.

      If we choose to self-segregate into little communities (online or off) where we only associate with those we wholeheartedly agree with us on every single matter, we lose the essence of the melting pot of democracy that is the United States of America.

      Please let us not go down that path. Of course, this being the US, you absolutely have that right. I, however, think that sort of self-segregation is truly anti-intellectual, reactionary, and sad.

      Long live freedom.





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  35. THANK YOU, Sheridan! I'm going to resist the (very strong) urge I have to comment on some of the negative comments...it looks like, for the most part, what I would want to say in response has already been said ...I'm just going to commend you for speaking out on such an important issue...and say AMEN!!! I'm also going to forward this post on to my husband ...I have a feeling I just might get a Sheridan French gift card in my stocking this year thanks to this post! :)
    Joy

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  36. AMEN! Thank you for voicing your opinion. I could not agree more. For those choosing to not follow your blog...the truth hurts doesn't it. What happened to freedom of speech! Look people if Obama is reelected this right will soon be decided by him.
    May God Bless America!

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  37. I SO appreciate and applaud not only the courage, but the intelligence it takes a young, professional mother to start this conversation, knowing full well the controversy it could bring. The level of political correctness or lack of political conversation has become dangerous, and dare I say-encourages ignorance on these issues. People can be stubborn, and will voice their close-minded opinions at the top of their lungs, but as far as I'm concerned, it's all positive if it starts a conversation- even if the person on the other end is too afraid to be anything other than "anonymous". I love your blog ALL the MORE for your brains ;)

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  38. America please realize that the republicans have the best interest of America at heart!!! We are not a selfish group! Republicans want everyone to have a chance in the American dream. We are pulling for America to be employed, educated, self-sufficient! Big government is not the way. Big government was not the vision of our Founding Fathers! Let us not lose our focus America!! We are way too young of a country.

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  39. I think this is a great post! You so perfectly articulated exactly how I have felt and what I have tried to explain to others. Good for you for not being afraid of who you are or what you believe!

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  40. Amen! Amen! Amen! Thank you so much for going there. It takes a lot of courage in our current environment to speak up as a conservative. Liberals seem to have no problem or hesitation in speaking up, but we don't seem to be afforded the same ability and are accused of hate speech and racism if we disagree or question the liberal viewpoint. It's grown quite tiresome. We should question what happened in Benghazi- something is clearly not right and the American people deserve to know what sort of people are making decisions for their loved ones.

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  41. Sheridan, I know you've got a lot of people who agree with all or many of your sentiments here, and I am one of them.

    But please, please, I beg of you -- don't start making political posts a regular thing. I feel like everywhere I turn nowadays it's political noise, and I keep your blog in that special place for reading about things other than politics, news, and technology (which is the industry in which I work.)

    I absolutely agree with you saying that we shouldn't be afraid to discuss and debate politics with our friends and fellow countrymen. But when you attend a party under the assumption that it's about lifestyle and design and fashion, you don't expect to be hit with heavy political talk. I feel like that's what's happened here today.

    I've completely adored and identified with your feelings on so many things, often even more so when they get quote unquote "extreme" (the breastfeeding and home birth and paleo diet posts in particular.) But this, for me, is just outside of that comfort zone of a "lifestyle" topic, and it brings me back to the same agitated state I get into when I read or watch regular news. I come to your blog to feel a bit refreshed from all that noise!

    I know it's election season, so I chalk this all up to that. And if you want to pivot Sheridan French into a political blog, by all means be my guest. But you'll certainly lose me as a regular reader.

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  42. Sheridan, I commend you for having the guts to put your views out there. Your political views have absolutely nothing to do with your clothing line, and as this is YOUR lifestyle blog, you're the boss and you get to control its content. While I agree entirely with what I know of your politics, I also must say that even if I didn't, I would still read your blog and support your brand - because you have the same life priorities as me (God, family, leading the healthiest life possible), and you have a great brand. Period.

    Politics are important and everyone is entitled to their opinion. That is one of the hallmarks of this great country in which we live. It is possible to have a discussion presenting differing views without hitting below the belt; it just takes self control. If someone is offended by this post, it is within her (or his?) power to ignore it. Freedom.

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  43. Thank you so much for posting this! Never apologize for standing up for what you believe! Anyone who is offended by this is just too afraid to open their eyes to see the truth. Thanks again!!

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  44. Kudos to you Sheridan! Refreshing to read a political opinion with the facts to back it up!

    On a fashion note: have you read about Anna Wintour pressuring designers away from dressing Ann Romney?! What a JOKE!! Yes, Fox News is reporting this story but so did the Hollywood Reporter AND The Huffington Post.

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  45. Wonderful post, Sheridan!

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  46. And I don't suppose you would be interested in Condi Rice's take on the emails discussed in the Forbes article.
    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/10/25/1089691/condi-rice-pours-cold-water-libya/?mobile=nc

    And I need to ask if you were equally shaken to your core and disturbed when weapons of mass destruction never turned up in Iraq, or if you were cool with the thousands of lives lost in that pointless war because at least gay people wouldn't be able to marry and your taxes were low.

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  47. Yikes Suzy - take a deep breath! Not really talking about Bush here, only Obama, but since you are on the topic:

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/gsa4uLmTw0M

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  48. Also, I really appreciate how you used two totally unbiased sources, Canadian Free Press and American Thinking to back up your views. Oh, wait. They're both extremely conservative sources with their own agendas.

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  49. Also, please read this article if you're convinced that Romney is a beacon of hope in a fiscally irresponsible world.
    "And this is where we get to the hypocrisy at the heart of Mitt Romney. Everyone knows that he is fantastically rich, having scored great success, the legend goes, as a "turnaround specialist," a shrewd financial operator who revived moribund companies as a high-priced consultant for a storied Wall Street private equity firm. But what most voters don't know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America's top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth."

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/greed-and-debt-the-true-story-of-mitt-romney-and-bain-capital-20120829#ixzz2BMurGz96

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    1. Suzy you are a hoot!!! I applaud your passion!

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  50. Bravo! A well researched and well written post.

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  51. Bravo!
    This is a well written, and timely post.

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  52. Well, I was engaged and listening until the last paragraph. It was unnecessary to reference a quote stating those who identify differently than you as lacking a brain (and no, I do not consider myself a liberal). No matter who wins the election tomorrow, half of the voting population will wake up Wednesday morning anxious, worried and angry. Comments such as yours, Sheridan, will only continue to divide and polarize our nation. I applaud researched and thoughtful political commentary. But, I do not support adolescent name calling.

    What a shame that many who could have been informed by your piece will now be offended by your quote.

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  53. Hi Kathryn,

    While I understand where you are coming from, both sides of the fence are constantly hearing they are wrong for xyz reasons. To let potential offense over-shadow any information I get from a given article or story is, in my opinion, a bit silly. I am not offended by the quote, even though according to it, I have no heart, and I certainly do not believe it to be adolescent name calling (and I am sure that Guisot did not intend for it to be that, either). Thank you for your response!

    SF.

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  54. I appreciate and agree with your post. Love your blog! I also appreciate that you were willing to publish your opinion because I think of your blog as a lifestyle blog, not just fashion. Your opinion is part of your lifestyle. Thanks for posting this

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  55. Thank you for posting and 'going there'!!! :)

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  56. Kudos Sheridan! Kudos!!

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  57. AMEN! Thank you for a great post! My mom and I were just talking about this situation the other day and how it upset us that it hasn't been talked about!

    It is a shame that people would stop reading the blog b/c of the post! If you don't like it, people, just skip it! That's the beauty of free will! This post was not forced on you!

    I admire that share your true self with us! THAT takes courage. It also makes me respect you as a business woman. Your passion, drive and realism is what keeps me returning to your cltohing and to your blog. (in addition to the fact that your clothing line is gorgeous! :) )

    I have always enjoyed reading your blog and will continue to do so!

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  58. It's my party and I'll cry if I want to! Love that you spoke your mind on something you feel passionately about. I'm truly an Independent and love that we live in a country we can speak freely about our government.

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  59. I thoroughly enjoyed this post and am in agreement. I didn't vote for Obama in 2008 and surely will not be voting for him in 2012. Praying our country makes the right decision. God bless America!

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  60. Still voting for Obama. The government shouldn't get to tell women that we are stupid and can't make decisions about our own bodies and that homosexuals are second class citizens and not entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals.

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    1. Actually, the President would not make these changes. The changes to the law come from the Legislative branch...and ultimately, the decision about gay marriage is going to come down to the states--not the President.

      As far as abortion, it's not going anywhere, regardless of what the President runs on. That has been part of this country for too long, and was fought over too hard to just go away in a couple years. People think that women are going to lose all control of their bodies--just not gonna happen. People are letting scare tactics come into play when it isn't necessary. There can be regulations to abortion (like no partial-birth abortion, limits on viability and age, etc.), but abortion is not going back to pre-Roe v. Wade.

      Don't let the liberal thinking scare you into thinking that the conservatives are taking everything away! The conservatives do get scared about losing things too, but we all need to keep in mind that a lot of this talk is just not going to happen--especially in these areas. The President, especially, is not going to change the law overnight--there is a process for the creation of laws, and it does not start, or even end with him.

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  61. Bravo! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post.

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  62. I appreciate the fact that you are able to speak out about political issues on your blog and applaud it. However, I just wanted to share some excerpts from an NPR article that came out on Friday--an article that reports incredibly different information from what you have posted on your blog. I think it is important to be well-informed with what all news sources are saying, especially credible news sources like NPR and CNN.

    Full link to article:
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/11/02/164140811/u-s-offers-new-details-of-deadly-libya-attack

    Could The U.S. Military Come To Their Aid?
    The officials had little time to respond. There were no U.S. troops anywhere near the consulate, either in Libya or even in neighboring countries. So dozens of special operations forces and CIA guards from Tripoli were sent by aircraft to Benghazi, 480 miles to the east. They could not get there in time to help defend the consulate.

    Ham, back in Washington, requested a military counterterrorism force from Europe. But they arrived in Libya the day after the attack and deployed to Tunisia two days later. A larger special operations force was sent from Fort Bragg, complete with their own helicopters and trucks. They arrived in Sigonella, Italy, too late to be any help. No American forces were denied by Washington, officials say.

    American attack aircraft? An AC-130 gunship would seem to make sense. That's the lumbering black cargo plane, a flying battleship with three types of heavy guns and high-resolution cameras. It's often used to support special operations forces in tight urban areas and can zoom in on enemy forces. But there were no Spectre gunships in the area, officials learned.

    Attack helicopters? None around. There were two Navy ships in the Mediterranean — the USS Laboon and the USS McFaul — but only the Laboon is equipped with a Seahawk helicopter, the Navy's version of the Black Hawk.

    There were American warplanes based in Aviano, Italy, just across the Mediterranean, but they could not arrive in time to help with the consulate fight. When the attack began, consulate officials made an urgent call to the CIA guards at the nearby annex: We're under attack.

    Was The Rescue Delayed?
    CIA officials in Washington strongly deny there was any order not to mount a rescue mission. And the source tells NPR there was never an order to stay put. It was all about getting ready, not delaying. Within 24 minutes, the American and Libyan team moved out toward the consulate.

    The Second Attack
    The F-16 Fighting Falcons could come to the rescue from their base in Aviano, some officials thought. But there were no clear targets, it was decided. An unarmed Predator drone flew over the area, just before the consulate attack ended. But it offered only a "soda straw" view hundreds of feet below near the annex. There were no armed drones in the area.

    Officials watched the grainy footage from the drone. It was hard to determine, among the hundreds of people, who was with a militia supporting the U.S., who was taking part in that second attack, and who was a spectator — people, as the source said, "watching a war movie in front of them." Sporadic gunfire added to the confusion about separating friend from foe.

    Officials eventually decided they couldn't drop large bombs in a residential neighborhood.

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    1. See, this right here. Makes perfect sense, and just furthers my belief that there are 2 sides of every story and it is nearly impossible to get the actual truth with the censorship you get form journalists, reporters, and politically-charged news corporations.

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  63. Thank you!! You have a wonderful blog, but this made me love your brand that much more. For the people you lost, you have another steadfast believer.

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  64. Hi Sheridan,

    Perhaps this response to your post will be only peripherally related to your piece, but while we're on the topic of politics I just couldn't resist! :) I must be clear, however, that my opinions expressed here are my own—I am not offended by those that disagree with me, and I hope not to offend anyone by my opinions either.

    I must begin by saying that I am a Democrat. I am also a Christian. And I am also someone who believes in an elevated level of political discourse, no matter whom you are speaking to or what their opinion may be.

    Sadly, neither Democrats nor Republicans emulate Christianity's commitment to the right to life to the fullest extent: Democrats fail when it comes to abortion, and Republicans fail when it comes to the death penalty. It saddens me that neither party in our current evolved two-party system respects human life in all its bounds, as Jesus did. However, in this current two-party system, I must make my political choices based upon the party that I believe is most committed to the full spectrum of human rights and dignities; that emulates Jesus, and in particular, the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    Try as I might, I cannot believe that Jesus would support giving tax breaks to the rich, while many of His children go to bed hungry each night. I cannot believe that Jesus would deny health care to those who cannot afford to purchase private insurance. I cannot believe that Jesus would not want two loving, committed, married gay parents to raise a child in a home full of love and care and affection, when that child would otherwise be living in an orphanage. I cannot believe that Jesus would not open his arms to immigrants who come to this country to work so they can send a bit of money back to their home countries to keep their families alive.
    I also don't believe that Jesus would allow abortion, for the record. This is a flaw in the Democratic party, in my opinion.

    The economic reasons to vote for Romney are plentiful and extremely convincing; after all, who among us does not believe themselves entitled to the money they earn through their own hard work. But to me, my personal economic gain cannot outweigh my Christian obligation to follow the Golden Rule and emulate Jesus to the best of my abilities (and goodness knows, I am nowhere near perfect in this endeavor!).

    When I die, I hope I get to Heaven--but if I do, I have no doubt that I will be able to tell Him that I did my best to care for the least among His children while I lived on His Earth through my actions AND through my political choices; that I cared for them them whether they were easy to love, or more difficult--the poor, the sick, immigrants, criminals, the mentally ill, the unborn, abandoned children, gay people.

    I have read the Guisot quote you included and enjoy it very much. I was quite surprised, as you were, at the offense that many took to it. I must say, I would rather be called an idiot than heartless any day, so I have always took the quote as something of a backhanded compliment :)

    I'll leave you with two quotes that I consider to be full of wisdom, and that make me smile to boot:

    “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
    Matthew 25:31-36

    "...Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience."
    To Kill a Mockingbird

    I wish you much continued happiness and success, and I have always enjoyed reading your blog and will continue to do so! I hope that one day our country, as well as individuals like you and me, will be far less polarized. Keep on keepin' on, and I truly hope you never stop expressing your views--it's what makes the world go round, right?! :)

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    1. Margaret, your words have touched me, and have really hit the nail on the head for me. I am not a Christian by any means, but the word of Jesus is beautiful, and the message of love is immensely powerful to me. Human rights and dignities are essential, thank you for this.

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    2. Margaret, Your words are truly beautiful and I feel the same way. Thank you for saying it so eloquently.

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    3. Most eloquent argument for being a democrat that I've ever read. I have tried to tell people much this same thing for many years, to no avail. I wish this could be heard and seen by many.

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  65. Sheridan, this agenda pushing post doesn't have anything to do with the fact that your husband works for a train-to-kill organization who's motto is 'despite what your mamma told you, violence does solve problems' in honor of a seal who was killed?!!! First off, WTF with this motto? Violence does not breed world peace. How can you be married to someone who believes this? Is that the message you will teach your kids, when another child thumps Squish in nursery? "Just thump him back son!" Um.... This is crazy!!! I'm sure this is NOT what you would want your 3year old child to do... but then that would make you a hypocrite. I find it hard to respect women who lose their own self when they marry and take on all their husbands beliefs and opinions, regardless of whether they truly understand them or go against their morals. Also, what kind of church do you attend? No REAL Christian would support a ridiculous, hostile and pathetic motto such as that. It's everything that Christianity goes against. I can only assume you don't REALLY understand the true Christian values but rather choose to interpret certain ones in a way that suits you and helps you sleep at night.

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    1. Anon -

      The story behind the Craft Skull logo combines meaningful pieces of SEAL Chris Kyle's life and service to this great nation but mainly honors his fallen teammates. As part of SEAL Team 3, Chris and his fellow teammates painted similar skulls on their gear in order to strike fear into the enemy. The crosshair symbolizes his time spent on a sniper rifle and is also in the form of a templar cross to symbolize his faith. Lastly, the crosshair is on the right eye to honor SO2 Ryan Job USN SEAL, who was critically wounded when he was shot in the right eye while on deployment to Iraq in 2006.

      Following the successful rescue mission by Navy SEALs of a freighter Captain Richard Phillips on Easter morning, 2009, Ryan Job was asked by a local reporter if he thought using Navy SEALs against Somali pirates was overkill. His response was, "despite what your mamma told you, violence does solve problems." Ryan Job died in September of that year following complications during surgery.

      The Craft Skull is a daily reminder to us all the sacrifices brave warriors have made and what it takes to triumph over evil.

      So, Anon, I hope that answers your "WTF is this motto" question. I am proud beyond description to be married to a man who's company trains military and police who sometimes have to use violence to spread peace. Unfortunately, evil exists in our world. My morals, beliefs and values are my own and no one else's, so you may continue to wrongly assume all you want about me not understanding real and true Christian values - but I hope that shedding light on your incorrect assumptions above, particularly lashing out at a motto you know NOTHING about, help you think about maybe holding your tongue a bit more in the future. Do your research before you insult men that risked and given their lives for our country.

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  66. Thank you for this-- and rest assured many of the above posts that try to correct your information are just slanted the other way. People can agree to respectfully differ but it seems when people express a "conservative" point of view it's somehow deemed dumb or hateful. I for one will feel even better about buying your clothes and putting my money behind your business. A business that you built lol!!

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  67. While I think it's admirable that you "put yourself out there" I could not disagree more with ALL of your views. I have continued to read the blog because I think your style is great and I love your clothes but I can't handle these posts! It's not that I would stop purchasing your clothes because of your views, but I have decided I'm not coming back to the blog and I'm no longer going to follow your FB page because it's not worth the stress I feel after reading. Again, I commend you for voicing your opinion, but like you already know, it's probably not the best business decision.

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    1. It's a good thing all of us don't think the way you do, boycotting those who don't agree with us, because if I did, I wouldn't read any blogs, follow anyone on Facebook, watch any television shows or movies or really even leave the house because most people who do speak out seem to Liberal, which of course I'm sure is fine with you.

      If you can't handle reading an opposite opinion or viewpoint, perhaps you aren't as strong in your beliefs as you think you are, and should examine that.

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    2. No, I'm strong in my beliefs and I read everything that was posted here today even though I don't agree. You must not have heard the message I was trying to deliver (or to be fair I didn't deliver it well). The point I was trying to make is I chose to read the blog for fashion, not politics. I commended Sheridan for having a voice, but for all the accolades I think a "liberal" voice should be heard as well. I will continue to read political blogs and news, even those I don't agree with, but I won't continue to read it from this blog. I don't consider this the best source (personal opinion). I think this pretty much sums it up:

      The airwaves and Facebook and every media are full of simple solutions to complex problems. How easy it would be if those foreign people (and we're all foreign to everyone else) would just agree to live like we think they should. Or if you would agree to live like I think you should. Or if you and I would agree to live like that other fellow thinks we should. But we won't. We never have in all of human recorded history and chances are pretty good we won't any time soon. Chances are pretty good that all the disagreeable people won't just disappear. So we're going to have to live together, disagreeing all the time. It would be good if we could agree on that.

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  68. Thank you, thank you so much for posting about this. To me, this is a huge issue that has been all but ignored by the mainstream media the past weeks.

    When I saw the picture of clearly dead Ambassador Stevens being dragged through the streets, so much changed for me. I always thought when things happened in those troubled areas, there were bombs and it was over quickly. But this poor man was beaten, abused and then carried through for all to see. And then Obama blaming the whole attack on a video, no words.

    I was already going to vote for Romney/Ryan, and this whole incident solidied it and made me take more action to help elect them than I normally would have. Here's hoping my vote in the swing state of Colorado helps to turn things the right way.

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  69. Sheridan, I've always liked you, thought you were a great mom, and a talented designer, but now I truly RESPECT you. Not only are you wise and rational, but you believe strongly enough to post something like this and risk alienating some of your clientele. Thank you! I wish more people were driven enough to start their own businesses and smart enough to understand what's best for wonderful country. It's entrepreneurs and self-starters like you who have made ths country so great and I hope that the people who belief they're simply entitled to our country's riches and don't want to work for it, don't take that away from us.

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  70. Amen Amen Amen to your post and your responses here, Sheridan. I appreciate your willingness to take a step out and voice your opinion. You are so passionate about many things and I find that so refreshing, as opposed to all of the apathy I see in our culture. Thank you for your post. Let the nay-sayers roll right off of your shoulder. I also appreciated the day-after post today 11/7. #havingfaith

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  71. As someone whose loved ones served for our freedoms and whose loved ones continue to sacrifice abroad for our freedoms - to vote, to disagree with the government, to say what you feel on your blog, and for others to disagree with that very statement - I want to thank you for writing about this. It is despicable to me that our "Commander in Chief," is not a leader we can trust to care for those who are serving us and enabling us to enjoy these freedoms.

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  72. I think you lost some of my comments? I don't think they were offensive. If they were, I apologize, as I did not intend them to be.

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  73. I read this on Girls Gone Child just now, and I feel every single person who replied to this thread should read it. Man, Rebecca Woolf has a way with words.
    http://www.girlsgonechild.net/2012/11/morning-afterthoughts.html#.UJrOaUHHDAQ.twitter

    "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philiosophy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend" - Thomas Jefferson

    "We matter and I believe with all my heart, so do our choices. As voters and parents and human beings, we can choose to support one side without ripping into the other. We can celebrate our wins without booing those who voted against us, speak our minds without criticizing the minds of those who think differently, hold hands without rolling our eyes." - Rebecca Woolf, Girls Gone Child

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  74. When I first saw this post, I thought uh oh the comments are going to be a bloodbath, but I have been pleasantly surprised. Though you seem to have lost a few, those are definitely outweighed by the readers that disagree with you (many extremely eloquently, shoutouts to Margaret and Betsy) but are not jumping ship - including myself. I think that's great and makes me proud to be among such smart and level-headed women that can see things differently but share the same interests that we usually see on this blog. I know it's hard not to focus on the few negative comments, but I was happy to see more positivity. I have always liked that quote too, although each year I get closer and closer to having no brain. :)

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  75. Very sweet of you to say that Kim. I do love my readers and their thoughts! Overall I have been pleasantly surprised as well. Sadly there have been a small handful of comments that I could not post - they either contained extremely hateful language or slurs, or made ridiculous assumptions about me, my background and/or my family - which is unfortunate, of course. Their comments were flat out inappropriate for others to see, particularly the young girls that read the blog. Thankfully a by-product of this blog has been the exponential grown of my skin thickness ;) Gotta let it just roll right off your back and keep on truckin'! Thanks again for commenting - here's to both your brain and your heart continuing to grow :D xxSF.

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  76. Sheridan, I think it would be helpful if, when you decide not to post a comment, you provide some sort of explanation. I am positive I did not use any slurs, since I do not use slurs, and for the life of me I cannot figure out what I could have said that would be considered inappropriate.

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  77. Not that you have to tell me what was inappropriate, but I would appreciate it for further reference. It if is easier for you, or if you feel more comfortable emailing me, you can email me at SuzytheCamper at gmail dot com.

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    1. Hi Suzy - I posted every comment I received from you and just double checked the un-moderated comments to make sure nothing was overlooked. You are more than welcome to send anything that you would like posted if others somehow got lost in cyberspace!!

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  78. I wanted to APPLAUD you for your November 7th post as well as this one (the quote by Thomas Jefferson was perfectly well put). I agree with everything you have stated and as a sister of a Navy Seal I am beyond outraged and saddened regarding the Benghazi attack.

    As I write this, the day after the election I have been in disbelief over the outcome and coming across your post today I was pleasantly uplifted. So thank you for that.

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  79. What America needs is for everyone to pull together, be "united" and stop the bickering and name calling that adults get involved in over politics - this includes people using the terms "Democrat" and "Republican" as insults towards one another. Its hard not to judge someone or lose respect for them when you hear it or read it on a blog or in blog comments, which sadly I have seen all too often. I am a Democrat, and if anyone used that against me as some form of attack, I would only judge them as being ignorant and highly intolerant - which translates to stupid. Another thing people need to stop doing is masking insults and hard feelings towards the opposing side through a seemingly innocent and educated blog post, which I can't help think there is some of in this post. Yes yes yes, people are entitled to their opinions, but its when you try and force your opinions onto others it all starts to get ugly (especially the more close minded you are) and if you dislike Obama or Romney, then don't go slating them off. When you do that, you're no better than a child in a playground. I don't see my friends or family any different for having a difference in view points when it comes to politics. And nor should anyone else. I choose to be their friends for their hearts, their support, their goodness and humanity. NOT their politics. At the end of the day, politics is what it is: its all ideals. Nothing is perfect. No one is perfect. And not one side, Democrat or Republican, has it all RIGHT. Those who believe that their own party do, are not accepting, openminded or tolerant enough to see past their own personal beliefs (and tolerance is the key word here) and this is what causes the great divide between Red and Blue. The best political discussions I have or enjoy are with those who can discuss politics in a truly intelligent manner: that is, with the solid all-round knowledge of what they are talking about (not biased or one sided accounts) and devoid of the judgement, slurs, hostility, "eye rolling" of those with opposite POV's and most importantly, with the willingness and open mindedness to (honestly) accept someone else's point of view as valid and not 'wrong' or 'stupid', just because you disagree. This shows tolerance. Any discussion which becomes blatant propaganda or one with insufficient back-up and/or biased accounts or one that becomes fueled by/or fuels anger or resentment through pushing these points, lacks these aforementioned qualities. And this shows intolerance. These are the discussions I walk away from.

    Sadly for me, this post fell into the latter. However, i will continue to read your blog and i enjoy your family and fashion posts.

    Respectfully,
    Charlotte

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    1. Charlotte and Renee...thank you for your posts. Well done.

      -J Ball
      (happily married, mother of 3 boys, Christian, church Treasurer & Trustee, college grad, registered Republican (for now), overall decent human being)

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  80. Rachel Maddow said it best:

    "Ohio really did go to President Obama last night. And he really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is legitimately President of the United States. Again. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month. And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy. And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats. And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math. And climate change is real. And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes. And evolution is a thing! And Benghazi was an attack ON us, it was not a scandal BY us. And nobody is taking away anyone's guns. And taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually. And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. And the moon landing was real. And FEMA is not building concentration camps. And UN election observers are not taking over Texas. And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as Communism.

    Listen. Last night was a good night for liberals and for Democrats for very obvious reasons. But it was also, possibly, a good night for this country as a whole. Because in this country we have a two party system, in government. And the idea is supposed to be that the two sides both come up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country. They both propose possible solutions to our real problems. And we debate between those possible solutions. And by the process of debate, we pick the best idea. That competition between good ideas, from both sides, about real problems in the real country should result in our country having better choices, better options, than if only one side is really working on the hard stuff. And if the Republican party, and the conservative movement, and the conservative media is stuck in a vacuum sealed, door locked, spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good, and denying the factual, lived truth of the world, then we are all deprived, as a nation, of the constructive debate between competing, feasible ideas about real problems.

    Last night the Republicans got shellacked. And they had no idea it was coming. And we saw them, in real time, in real humiliating time, not believe it even as it was happening to them. And unless they're going to secede, they're going to have to pop the factual bubble they have been so happy living inside, if they do not want to get shellacked again. And that will be a painful process for them, I'm sure, but it will be good for the whole country - left, right, and center. You guys, we're counting on you. Wake up.

    There's real problems in the world. There are real knowable facts in the world. Let's accept those and talk about how we might approach our problems differently. Let's move on from there. If the Republican party, and the conservative movement, and conservative media are forced to do that by the humiliation they were dealt last night, we will all be better off as a nation. And in that spirit, congratulations everybody. Big night."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVwXA7sHUlE&feature=share

    God bless these United States,
    Renee

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    1. Renee,

      This is absolutely beautiful. Best thing I have read since the election. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

      God Bless the United States.

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    2. To me, this is poking fun at some very real issues facing our country. The underlying issue is that Obama has not fixed the issues as anyone paying attention sees as plain as day, but at least after the next four years he won't have anyone else to place the blame on and hopefully people will wake up.

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  81. And if you're interested in learning more about the debt, this is a good video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LcvLHHMC4iI

    The video is produced by the Center for American Progress, which is a "progressive liberal public policy research and advocacy organization," according to Wikipedia, but the information contained in the video is sourced from the Congressional Budget Office, so it really is a pretty fair look at the source of the debt.

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