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.
America had the best of all worlds for probably 150 years: the Red Man was a man of honor; the Irishman and the Scot, wearing leather leggin's and fighting the Red Man, produced an entirely new creature. Combine those raw ingredients with the puritan's congregationalism, and you get a human being uniquely suited for republican citizenship. Raise such a man in atmosphere that punishes public cursing and public drunkenness -- a society whose women value the family over the orgasm -- and you have a country ready for business.
You got yourself a pretty safe place for kids to grow up in.
You don't have that now, do you?
Well, then, you might want to give some constructive thought to whether you can get that back, 'cause no one's gonna get it for you, punk'n.
A voice of -- well, less disagreement than shaping.
Any successful society is based on responsibility and morality. There are a lot of definitions of morality, though, and choosing which ones to legislate is the problem.
From previous posts, frequent readers will know that I think God is okay with gay people having sex with each other, and I think God is saddened by promiscuity. I think that using drugs or alcohol to blur your life is a terrible mistake, but I only want to enforce laws that protect me from you and you from me -- you have to protect yourself from yourself.