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.
As an Englishman who lives 4-5 months a year in america I can say that both countries suffer from many of the same problems...I would write off neither place as I have faith in both nations resiliance.
1. If China fouled up the Copenhagen conference, their team served our nation better than our team did.
2. Montana is a happy state? I live here and I like it very well. But the dadgum liberals that have fouled up their own dadgum states are showing up, especially in Missoula and Bozeman, and they're electing people like Jon Tester and Brian Schweitzer to do to Montana what already happened to the Left Coast and Taxachussetts.
You know, it is a standard axiom that liberals and progressives lie all the time, lie every second of every day. If that's true, why do so many believe them now when they say they are upset about Obama's policies and actions?
That's why all the 'transparency' --oops! --had to scuttle behind locked doors --Dems who need for re-election purposes to scrub a little of the redicalism out of their rhetoric, need to get together and work out precinct-by-precinct who's principaled rhetorical positions need to be adjusted to who what when where why and how much.
This exercise of course requires all the privacy the body can lay its hands on.
After all, to willingly absorb the damage of having so cleanly broken such a bright-edged promise as legislation transparency ("...on C-Span!"), there has to have been a powerful reason. Maybe.
Or maybe it ain't that deep, but just convenient, because the only people who count happen to be not all that curious.