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.
Good advice, for bloggers and for everyone, from Wizbang:
Never say anything you would not be willing to repeat under oath.
Never say or write anything you would not want to see plastered across the front page of the newspaper.
Never write when you can speak.
Never speak when you can nod.
Never nod when you can wink
Well, I am not a winker but I would add, as lawyers always advise, "Say it in flowers, say it in mink, but never, ever, say it in ink." I'm afraid that I break all of these rules, daily, as I have a perverse tendency to actively resist PC just for the fun of it. Fortunately, I have no employer to object. That's the Maggie's Ideal Way of Life.
Here's some cynical advice along similar lines, harking back to the bad old days behind the Iron Curtain. It may prove useful for survival in an increasingly PC society:
If you must think, don't talk.
If you must think and talk, then don't write.
If you must think, talk and write, then don't sign.
If you must think, talk, write and sign, then don't be surprised.
I know, I know, it's maybe a little too cynical, but in my second life as a clinical social worker, I've gotten burned so many times by being open and honest that I've begun to think of my "profession" as a kind of nationwide archipelago of PC madness.
I always told my kids to never say anything they wouldn't say in front of their grandparents. When the talks came to drugs I remined them that a typical jury would be made up of people like their grandparents who would not look favorably on using drugs.