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.
A Democrat is a Republican who hasn't been mugged yet.
It took me 10 years from the time that a thug put a gun to my temple to stop voting for Democratic Presidential candidates, and another 10-20 years after that to completely make the switch from third party to Republican.
Chalk it up to slow learning on my part.
That is a takeoff on "a conservative is a liberal who hasn't been mugged."