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.
How did it happen? We know how many of our public schools teach no serious American history or civics, that our toniest colleges preach left-liberalism, that 40% of American babies are illegitimate and the rate keeps rising, that too many thriving young Americans worship money and casual hedonism and are too ignorant of religion even to be proper atheists, that President Obama rejects outright the heart of America’s Creed: American uniqueness, the American Zion, the city on a hill striving to be a beacon to mankind. How did this happen? When did we decide to swap America for America Lite? We can’t undo these changes unless we know how they came about.
PacRim is right, of course, and this has long been a risk. Our current state of affairs, as many have pointed out, is largely a consequence of Gramsci's "long, slow march through the institutions": it's not just the colleges or K-12 education, it's the non-profits of all varieties, the foundations, and even the mainline churches. It's also technological, though. It's no coincidence that the baby boomers were the first generation to grow up influenced by television. The rise of television gave the cultural and political left a tool for influencing many more than they could through the print media, and for many years this power went unchecked.
I'm over 60 and live in MA. If not for having the discussions with my parents, both college educated, one a WWII Vet and accountant, the other a former librarian and then a stay-at-home Mom, I'm pretty sure my public school education would have kept me uneducated and hating my country. They, teachers, tried awful hard to accomplish that. Thank goodness for my common-sense parents who had a wealth of information that they were willing to share with me.