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 have a pat response to the "at hope" crowd, those that pay little attention to politics other than headlines and therefore have no idea what Obama's been up to, or who Rahm Emmanuel is, for instance. In other words, women.
Goes like this:
Lessee... tripled deficit, expanded debt, expanded wars, expanded payouts to billionaire bankers, expanded use of the Patriot Act including on teenagers, GITMO still in use, he's golfed more in one year than W did in 8, and takes very expensive vacations and throws very expensive parties. Is this the hope you are hoping for?
The same people don't care. They just know what the TV said and parrot it for watercooler talk.