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.
Government is failing spectacularly at its core functions, such as budgeting and educating. Yet it continues to multiply its peripheral and esoteric responsibilities, tasks that require it to do things for which it has no aptitude, such as thinking and making common-sense judgments. Government nowadays is not just embarrassing, it is — let us not mince words — inappropriate.
Adding to the problem with idiotic school systems, an Arizona couple had their three children taken from them for a month because a Walmart clerk turned them into the police for taking bath time photos of their girls. To judge that they were not abused by the parents, the authorities had them medically examined -- abuse unto itself.
Sorry, our family has taken care of foster children who were burned with cigarettes, were fed coke to keep them quiet, have gone without diaper changes for endless days so their bottoms were masses of sores, were so ignored that they had no language skills at age two and would only eat white rice for weeks until our children finally coaxed them into trying other foods via peer pressure. Oddly, one of these children had four siblings who were equally abused as, when one was taken away, the mother produced another and so it went on...raising babies for the welfare check. Where was the state then? Where is the state now? It's worse than ever.