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.
Never even went to college, ol' GW. Or high school either. Far from a genius general too but brave as a terrier in the face of bullets. A very great man, greatest in his humility and his aversion to state power.
GW had his faults, no doubt. But I can't imagine how this country would have lasted its first few decades without him setting so many fine and good precedents. It seems, today, our country is being altered by those simliar who would have had GW King at the time, with all that goes with it. Our current leader certainly seems to have aspirations, though they will come to naught, in that regard.
I really think that GW has been given short shrift even in the old days of my schooling (late '50s to early '70s). He as given the moniker of Father of our Country, but other than explain that he was the first president and had to make up a lot of things as he went along, not much was said about what he actually did or thought - at least not to me. People like Jefferson and Franklin seemed to overshadow him. Because not that much was said about him, it made him seem like a figurehead.
The more I read and hear about him, the more I admire him. He was a man of great humility, discipline, and honor, but he also had a philosophical side. I was told that Gore Vidal said he was revered for his height rather than anything substantive. I consider that slander.
I believe the correct phrasing is: The overwhelming majority of American citizens want everything in their lives to be controlled by their "betters" in government.
I have had these conversations with many Ph.D.s. There's something about a lengthy education that predisposes them to believing that--not them, but their chosen politicians--can, should, and will control everything.
I've asked them why they have this faith in politicians and given examples, which can be endlessly multiplied, of political incompetence and malfeasance, but no doubt enters their minds.
To call it a religious faith is to slander religion, so let's call it "spirituality."