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.
Knowledge grows by not only doubting your beliefs and believing your doubts, but by doubting your doubts and believing your beliefs.
We live in a culture that has, for centuries now, cultivated the idea that the skeptical person is always smarter than one who believes. You can be almost as stupid as a cabbage, as long as you doubt.
The fashion of the age has identified mental sharpness with a pose, not with genuine intellectual method and character. Today it is the skeptics who are the social conformists, though - because of powerful intellectual propaganda - they continue to enjoy thinking of themselves as wildly individualistic and unbearably bright.
Unless someone else feeds you, you'd better be able to conclude somethings about the world, believe them, and act on them. All your successful ancestors learned this trick, and passed the ability down to you.