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.
Assume for a moment that a command-and-control economy or a benevolent dictatorship were necessary for the U.S. to remain the world's pre-eminent economic (and military) power for the next generation. I'd rather have a less rich and and less militarily powerful America that is more free. Luckily, this is pretty much a hypothetical...
Stoll wrote, " I say all this as someone who considers himself to be a patriotic American, but one of the reasons I am one is that the country's founding documents — the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution with the Bill of Rights — see the government as something that exists to protect the rights of the individual, rather than the individual as someone whose property exists to assure the nation's economic or military supremacy. "
I wish every public school teacher in the country taught this. And if they refused, then they should have been dismissed.
The proglodyte program, of course, is a US that is less free, less prosperous and less powerful. They will describe the program as "social justice", "environmental stewardship" and "fair wages", but many of them want the US diminished and the others somehow miss that the end will BE the US diminished.