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.
I will stick to my decision to avoid pathological labelling of those with whom I disagree. BUT I can never stop wondering that it is that causes people to become passive in the face of a threat to one's way of life - assuming it is meaningful. This is surely abnormal, because our species could never have survived with a "roll over and give up" instinct.
In recent history, we have seen those who were reluctant to stand up to the Japanese, the Germans, the Russian Soviet empire, the North Vietnamese/Chinese - and now the Moslem assault, in its various forms, on the West. I did a post about Better Red Than Dead in the past, but I cannot find it in our archives.
Is it a psychological issue (eg masochism, which implies a sexual excitement in being dominated - or an enacted suicidal impulse), is it plain cowardice, is it a kind of hatred for one's own culture or nation? Or is it really just a unicorn and rainbow dreaminess about life (which I tend to view as a psychological defence based in denial of the hard and often cruel reality that people pursue their interests)? I have seem much of the latter, especially in women and in young men who haven't really worked yet. Cases in point: