I'm a Democrat. In fact, I'm a Democrat by choice, a passionate, vocal Democrat.
And I put my money where my mouth is. I donate and I wear my support of President Obama on my lapel in the form of a button. There was a time 30 years ago when I was a Republican, a Republican by choice, a passionate, vocal Republican.
Sadly, the Republican Party of 30 years ago is not the Republican Party of today, so I'm a Democrat.
I'm also an American and an American who believes that people have the right to their own opinions and the right to vote their choice.
But I have had to leave the room because of the verbal abuse that I have received because I'm a Democrat and wearing my button. I have received numerous emails and Facebook attacks because of my political persuasion.
I'm not generally considered to be a violent person, although I am very passionate about a lot of things, including my American rights and my choices.
I have dear friends and relatives who have more conservative and different opinions than I, but I believe I have treated them with respect and not belittled them for their beliefs.
I'm sad that I'm not being given the respect that all people and all Americans are entitled to. I'm learning during this vicious political season to be very conscious of everything I say and to keep my words polite and respectful.