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.
On MLK Day, let's not forget that all of us have slaves or serfs in our ancestries. Few of our ancestors owned them. It's the natural human thing, if history tells us anything. However, we stand as American rebels with MLK against any form of impingement on our personal, God-given freedom of self-determination against all forms of power or self-anointed authority. Especially the powers of the State, which is what MLK stood up against.
My Scottish ancestors kidnapped the heir to the British throne some centuries ago. Should I feel shame (or happiness depending on your view) for something not done by me and before anyone living today was born?? Why should anyone living today carry any burden for what a handful of people 150 years ago did? I am ashamed of a few things I have done and of a few things my leaders have done in my name (the Vietnam war comes to mind). But I refuse to feel any shame or guilt for what nameless persons in the past have done. Learn from others mistakes? Absolutely! But I will not carry someone elses burden.