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.
"The things Democrats really care about have been placed in the hands of the courts, if by the design of Democrats: liberal judges, activist judges, Due Process mavens of the sixties took abortion, gay rights, civil rights, right to die, right to life, right to contract, right against cruel and unusual punishment, directly out of the hands of legislatures where they belonged. A shift on the court towards conservativism costs them not only their political stance on these issues, it likely costs them a lot of power. And thats not even considering the fact that it is the Supreme Court that is the sole arbiter between the Executive and Legislative branches. Curious about Presidential power to eavesdrop? Don't be. It'll be dealt with, and not in the liberals favor. Win elections, Democrats, but you've made the courts powerful: that's where you wanted the power, after all, since most of the initiatives that you championed could never have won by popular vote. Now, its likely that the most powerful court is out of your control."
"Bad news is good news. Everythingís going to hell, but at least theyíre smart enough to catch the whiff of brimstone. (Second-hand brimstone. There ought to be a law.) But what if the worst doesnít happen? That would be worse than bad. That would mean all those bumperstickers they put on their cars had no effect whatsoever. What if people donít Question Authority, visualize World Peace, speak truth to power, or rotate during cooking? What if letters to the editor donít end up in CIA files? What if subversive college students are ignored? What if the dark night isnít descending after all? However will they go on? "