Fellow Jezebelles and Jezebeaux:

My friend Wax Tadpole is feeling down right now, and I wanted to give him a public warm fuzzy to cheer him up. You are welcome to join me in comments if you would like. :)

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Wax, you are a good person. You are smart and caring and kind. You try to educate yourself. You think critically. You are liked and respected. You are a part of something bigger than yourself, and you are wanted. You are welcome here on Groupthink.

We are a community, and a pretty awesome one at that. We are allowed to discuss politically sensitive issues like grown-ups. We are able to disagree without hating or hurting one another. You are a part of that dynamic, and you should feel free to engage in these conversations. It is how we grow and learn from one another.

You are ok. You really are. The Groupthink community is ok. Your presence here is not, to the best of my knowledge, hurting or alienating anyone. I know that I would miss your voice in our discussions if you stopped participating.

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