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.
Kevin D. Williamson: Three things conservatives must know about progressivism in order to defeat it...
Sweden’s reform-oriented conservatives have been able to achieve a great deal not because they are moderate — they are quite radical by Swedish standards — but in part because they took the time to really understand their rivals’ motives and, unlike unsuccessful conservatives before them, did not treat their opponents’ concerns as illegitimate. Conservative reformers took into account Sweden’s egalitarian culture and its consensus-oriented politics rather than wage a Newt Gingrich–style armored assault.
Sounds more like finding common ground by understanding the concerns of your adversaries, rather than defeat.
One trait of the overachiever is that they aren't "well-rounded". But the arguments have been rather stilted. This morning, Ann Althouse commented in The Great Gatsby"each sentence is good, on its own". That got me curious to revisit that which I read long ago under duress (11th grade English). What should I find but right in the beginning, an eloquent swipe at "well-rounded"
"...and now I was going to bring back all such things into my life and become again that most limited of all specialists, the “well-rounded man.” This isn’t just an epigram — life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all.
"the most limited of all specialists" I like that.