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.
Now the rabid left is establishing "Coffee parties" hoping to equal the success of the Tea Partiers. As we all know, knock-offs never equal the real thing, whether it's Rolex watches or Gucci loafers -- or imitation indignation.
Can anyone quote the supposed quote from Gandhi which has been floating around the Internet? Something on the order of "first they revile you, then they imitate you, then you win?" I'm hopeless at tracing down these things ... even though I try.
Texan99 ... Consider yourself "rehabilitated" with me, honey. I can't even remember if we had a verbal dispute. One of the strange advantages of getting older is that one can't usually remember why one got angry at someone. Heck, sometimes I can't even remember why I went into the next room. And for what.
This helps in preserving the relationships time has left for you. Holding grudges is hard work.
I'm with you there. My short-term memory is measured in fractions of seconds these days. It would be nice to think that meant I was losing the ability to hold grudges, but events with an emotional impact still do lodge in place, and I was embarrassed to appear like a jerk to you.