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.
Liberal democracy is sweet and addictive and indeed in the most extreme case, the USA, unbridled individual liberty overwhelms many of the collective needs of the citizens. The subject is almost sacrosanct and those who indulge in criticism are labeled as Marxists, socialists, fundamentalists and worse. These labels are used because alternatives to democracy cannot be perceived! Support for Western democracy is messianic as proselytised by a President leading a flawed democracy
There must be open minds to look critically at liberal democracy. Reform must involve the adoption of structures to act quickly regardless of some perceived liberties....
We are going to have to look how authoritarian decisions based on consensus science can be implemented to contain greenhouse emissions [emphasis mine].
ANN ALTHOUSE: “The answer, Ms. Herron (Merron?) is precisely that pop culture permeates the world of young Americans. Why pursue even more of it in college? Learn new things. Get what you can’t get just living in the world soaking up the things you naturally love and enjoy. What is the point of going to college?”
You know, I woke up this morning thinking that ordinary caution for grown-up people would indicate that it is unwise to pile up such a mountain of ill-will towards oneself [or selves] in such a short period of time.
Apparently, it doesn't bother the Democrats at all.
--had the same thought, MM. They're either way behind me or I'm way behind them. Unless of course, the ill-will is deliberate, and intentionally provocative. If so, we're in a whole nuther ball game than anything we've seen in the last 230-odd years.
And another thing. I'm getting bloody tired of the greenies, the environmental terrorists that infest our citizen population. Most of us grown-ups are careful of the wonderful gifts that nature gives us. I don't need a holier-than-thou busybody telling me that I shouldn't waste water, electricity, and even toilet paper, forgod'ssake. This has been my world far longer than you've been in it, and I've prudently conserved what beauties of nature I need to use since before you were born. Most of us grown-ups have. So why don't you grow up too, finally, and stop bothering us about your wonderful superior understanding.
The rant above is not aimed at you, buddy, or any of the charming and civilized Maggiesfarmers or their equally charming and civilized commenters. It's those dam trolls who stroll by and try to disrupt things. Them I'm not fond of.