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.
It has become fashionable for governments to treat people -- even adults -- like children: children who consume too much, obey too little and remain too fond their imaginary friends. And their betters take it upon themselves to guard their speech, take away their dangerous toys and curtail their choices because they are prone to make unwise ones. And most of all they see to it that we should expect no better our lives but a little welfare gruel and some end of life counseling. Once upon a time mankind saw it as their birthright to wander the fields, swim in the streams and see what was over the next hill. Today we live penned up in dark houses warded by sour matrons and bloodless didacts who are forever seeking to administer their "teaching moments."
Those who call themselves "liberals" and "progressives" have devoted themselves to giving "us" small licenses, like abusing drugs or sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility, and giving "us" presents paid for out of other people's pockets. Meantime, they have been out to limit real liberty, like running a successful business or traveling in one's own car on one's own schedule instead of herding on the bus or the train. (I don't scorn those means of transportation; I just don't want to be herded on them.)
These "progressives" envision an America diminished, tamed and obedient. I hope we will disappoint them badly.