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.
Good definition of booger fella; monster, evil spirit, hobgoblin, or chimera racing through our language, used by nefarious alarmists to frighten small children, ...and yall centrists have even posted picture of yer own.
I live in Park Slope Brooklyn, the heart of gentry liberalism. Two years ago was really painful for me. I planned to vote for McCain (and did) and I knew if I told many people, including friends, I would be ostracized. Obama mania was in full swing.
Now I notice nobody talks about politics. I wonder what that means. Are they thinking of switching their vote to Republican? Or just not voting? Whatever, the enthusiasm is totally vanished.
I have cousins in Manhattan [SoHo] and in Brooklyn [Williamsburg]. They came to the city as adults. The cousins + their spouses are all entrepreneurs. I am closest with the SoHo cousin + spouse. While we have disagreed on politics over the decades, we agree to disagree and move on, preferring to discuss issues we agree on. Though we agree on politics a lot more than we used to. Before, the SoHo cousin would comment about “Those evil right wingers.” Nowadays the SoHo cousin’s reply often is, “You know, you may have a point.”
The Brooklyn cousin + spouse, whom I have never been close to, bring up politics at the drop of the hat. Even the self-produced Xmas cards- the spouse is an artist- reek of politics. When I visited the cousins earlier this year, the Brooklyn cousin brought up politics, though not domestic. Foreign policy instead: we are prejudiced against Muslims. They don’t like us because we have killed 300,000 Muslims blah blah blah. I pointed out that statistic was not accurate, and that terminated the conversation.
I surmise the Brooklyn cousin + spouse will remain diehard Obamanistas. I imagine they would have brought up Obama, given the right circumstances. But as I made it clear I had good reason for considering their foreign policy views to be nonsense, they didn't have the stomach for bringing up The Won.