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.
Many have noted that the English have won many a fight they shouldn't've, simply because to lose was out of the question.
Sun Tzu speaks of a war as having already begun before anyone believes it is coming, and the winner (tho not the precise outcome) having been determined by circumstance, before even that.
Churchill said something related:
If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
He also said something the more heart-breaking the more mused upon:
Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened.
and, can't resist one more (have to paraphrase):
''The farther behind you look, the farther ahead you see''
Chesterton and Churchill would have made good drinking buddies, each tossing out their wisdoms in little one- and two-sentence pearls...
To Churchill's "If you will not fight for right ... it is better to perish than to live as slaves," GKC might have rejoindered “War is not the best way of settling differences; it is the only way of preventing their being settled for you.”