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.
...the primacy of local or township government in American society made it possible for a great number of Americans to participate in political institutions on a regular basis. Whether as Fire Chief or head of the St. John’s Mint Festival, whether as Dog Catcher or Mayor, Americans were continually forced to turn away from themselves and to attend to the life and business of their neighbor. The long habit of such participation in public life convinced Americans that, despite their equality, they need not and could not be indifferent to the particulars of social life. This also preserved Americans from the tendency to invest their political beliefs in a few general ideas. Accustomed to the details of daily participation in political life, they did not let what is often called (wrongly, I think) “ideology” substitute for active engagement in the public realm. This was possible chiefly because the actions of political life were largely confined to the local level, even when the legislation directing that life occured far away.
In my part of the world there is a push to do away with local bodies of government in favor of larger centralized units. Counties that have a dominant population center want to do away with township government in favor or a centrally controlled unit which would of course be controlled by the one big city with enough population to overwhelm the rest of the county. Those in favor or this change point to the inefficiencies of townships, but their real purpose is to gain control over the tax base of the rural townships, after which the county would decide what the poor peasants need, if anything. It is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to bring your tax dollars, with little or no representation into the folds of a county bureacracy which would then decide for you what, if anything needed to be done in your corner of the county. The state is starting a similar push with school districts, the purpose being to loot the funds of the rural areas to try to save the failing schools in the urban areas.