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.
Bird Dog ... Bless you, sir. I have just finished reading Mr. Howard's essay on how the law makes us powerless, and I was thrilled with his solution to the problem of ever-encroaching laws and regulations. As he points out, if you fight to change each separate law or regulation, you will spend frustrating years at the battle and still not accomplish what you set out to do. But if you decide to approach it from the other direction, to delineate the ground on which you must protect your individual freedom, and fight furiously to protect that, then you have a fair chance of at least partial success.
This is kind of a paradigm of what conservatives must do in the next four years of Obama's reign. We must stamp out the Left's constant efforts to limit one freedom or another which Americans have always felt were their decisions, decisions on their personal freedoms.
Challenging as that is, it is at least doable. We don't have to change the minds of the Left. Apparently that's impossible, until they themselves mature. We just need to protect our own ground.