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.
As to the question of metaphysical filters rendering all perception subjective: I believe Ayn Rands' Objectivism fisked that postmodern shibboleth when she essentially stated the foundations of language, ergo thought, are tied to concrete referents. I agree, though with the caveat that reason does not stand alone in perception, as incomplete thinking, rationalization, conjecture, ideology and various psychological orientations influence our thinking. We're only human after all.