I'm afraid I have a slight problem with a self-described retired moderator having the last word on commentary implying that the conversation had descended into rudeness and then locking because the comments were "off topic." None of the comments were the slightest bit rude, and although many may have been filtered through the commenters' political views, almost all were about the context of the wording under discussion.
The post will automatically unlock twenty four hours after the lock was applied (roughly 14 hours from now). I should note for the record that my decision was made based on comments that I have deleted, as well as other information not publicly available. As I stand by my decision, I do not intend to unlock the post any earlier, though another moderator may do so at their discretion.