@do_the_manta_ray: Well said! And yes, I am American. I live in Massachusetts, which is mostly liberal, but I live in a small town that has a lot of not so liberal people in it. They're mostly the libertarian types though (ie, don't care about social issues, just want the gov't to leave them alone). Of the not so liberal people, I mean, I'd say my town is not overly conservative, it is still Massachusetts, after all.
As many issues as I have with my country, I do still love it, and it'd take a lot to get me to change that opinion. But I'd rather help change the parts of it that I don't like.
@believer258: It did take a lot of courage! But as I was telling a friend over an IM earlier, it helps that there's only two people that I know outside of the internet that read this blog. That doesn't mean it was easy, but it was easier. And thanks! I feel like a broken record for thanking so many people, but man, it's just so heartwarming to see so many people saying so many nice things.