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.
When this woman writes,"turgid, meandering assload " referring to a thoughtful writer such as David Brooks, I found it offensive. This kind of ad hominem attack should not be part of considered discourse.
She should be sent back to kindergarten to learn how to be articulate without being abusive.
Your link on the Scottish Enlightenment is in the spirit of good thinking and writing.