We're a lot alike Vanessa
I got knots in my belly too over this. My first thought waking up today was "Why did anyone think I was "attacking" the President?" I did not read "attacks" into your statements either, and you, unlike me, actually did talk about your feelings regarding our prez. You didn't come onto the forum and write a bunch of cuss words or call names! Just like I didn't write "Bush = Hitler." (someone else did that, then attributed it to me.)
I guess what we have to do is learn to clarify what we mean in the original post we are making, rather than expecting our POV or intention to be "obvious" or easy to infer. It never occured to me someone would take my words as an "attack" on our administration, but I suppose it should have! Only for me to think of that, first I would have to have thought of attacking the administration.
Anyway, all in all this is a small incident. If our words are the "worst" examples of violence awdiot can find on this forum, then this is a pretty gentle little forum. I for one, was going to let all this go, til I saw that you had replied and wanted to step in and say, "yeah, me too."
Considering the number of hits this site gets, let's just make a pact with ourselves to be as clear as possible about our intention with what we write. Try to be mindful of how someone coming to it not knowing our thoughts might read into it - difficult as that is.
BTW - I agree that making observation about the social climate, political world, action of major world leaders, etc., is not only not an act of violence, but is in fact necessary if we are not to roll over and play dead in acceptance of any "violence" that *may* or *might* be waged by some such person/force/whatever. Note - I am not making specific reference to anything at the moment.