We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
America is the world master of marketing and advertising. (We owe something to the great advertiser David Ogilvie for that.) From For the Greater Goods, in The American:
The latest Interbrand listing of the most valuable global brands reveals 8 American brands in the top 10 and 52 in the top 100, more than twice the expected numbers based on America’s cut of roughly a quarter of the world economy. Coca-Cola, Nike, and Starbucks command more loyalty among many consumers than any political party or trade union.
I haven't had a Coke in more than a decade because I can't stand the taste, I don't own any overpriced Nike crap, and I've never even been to a Starbucks---what's wrong with me? Maybe I need to see a shrink?
"Coca-Cola, Nike, and Starbucks command more loyalty among many consumers than any political party or trade union."
Dumb comparison. I'd go for it if we could buy our politicians on the cheap, put our stinky feet into them and run them into the ground, and then piss them away after we got our caffeine jolt out of them.