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.
It's a fundamental issue, isn't it? One of the things that stunned De Toqueville was the abundance of voluntary affiliations and organizations in the US. Of course, The Collective doesn't do voluntary. I hate the very concept.
I've read thru what is being pushed out in MD, and its absolutely sickening.
It turns just about everything in American History 180deg, demotes individualism and free-though, and promotes collectivism. Marx\Engel would be proud - their struggle marches on with the current crop of useful idiots.
We dishonor our ancestors, our fallen, and our founders with this erosion of though, history, and personal discovery, and trading it for servitude, serfdom, and socialism...
What do you mean they don't do voluntary, high school kids are required to do volunteer work to graduate. You can volunteer or suffer the consequences.
[/quote]Freedom of speech and freedom of thought are catchpenny phrases. There is much of the former, but very little of the latter. Speech is generally the result of automatic thought rather than of ratiocination. Independent thought is of all mental processes the most difficult and the most rare; habit, tradition, and reverence for antiquity unite to forbid it, and these combined influences are strengthened by the law of heredity. The tendency to automatic action of the mind is still further promoted by the environment of modern life. The crowding of populations into cities, and the division and subdivision of labor in the factory and the shop, and even in the so-called learned professions, have a tendency to increase the dependence of the individual upon the mass of society. And this interdependence of the units of society renders them more and more imitative, and hence more and more automatic both mentally and physically.
Another powerful influence contributes to the same end. The schools educate automatically. They train the absorbing powers of the brain, but fail to cultivate the faculties of assimilation and recreation, and neglect almost wholly to develop the power of expression. [/quote]
Well, except through regurgitation of slogans fed to them by the collective.
Teach Children to be Citizens, Not Subjects
Promote Freedom of Thought