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.
...turning to Hollywood for insights into the nature of reality is surely a sign that an academic discipline has declined. It may indeed be a symbol of capitulation: “we now admit** that we have metamorphosed into such a bunch of nonsense generators that we can offer less insight than a popular movie”. One more reason to argue that Oxford Forum is the only genuine university in Britain today. We may not be able to do much, starved of support as we are, but one thing is certain: we would not stoop to doing media studies and passing it off as academic philosophy.
Is there a health care, ie sickness-care, consensus? Doubtful.
Please, folks, we can show better class than this. Calling a Muslim a "Mohommedan" is like calling a Christian a "Paulian". Whatever you think of the religions, Mohammed is not the God of Islam and Paul is not the God of Christians. Besides, if Barak Obama is a Muslim in secret, he's a mighty poor one. His theology appears to be orthodox Liberation Christianity and nowhere near Muslim. I suspect his heart sneers at Muslims as it does any other group with a committed spirituality.
As for his parents' choices, they are not a reflection on his character. His own choices are refelctions on his character.