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.
Well, you would never know that I have a PhD in the humanities after reading my first sentence. I was going to write "gratuitous and unnecessary swipe," but I thought that was too redundant-sounding, so I was trying to think of another word, but I couldn't settle on one, and I meant to take the "and" out. Needless to say, I left the "and" in place. (On the other hand, the way most humanities PhDs write these days...)