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.
I noticed a while back that if I saw a western movie I particularly liked, the odds were it was taken from an Elmore Leonard story.
One of his later crime stories, City Primeval (High Noon in Detroit), features a cop troubled by a Gary-Cooper self-image. An Albanian friend twits him about his pragmatic or rule-bound cop code when it conflicts with a more archaic honor-bound one. I'm sorry no one ever made a movie out of that one, as they did out of dozens of Leonard's other stories.
If you read Elmore Leonard or Dashiell Hammett, you soon realize that the main task of the screenwriter was deciding which pieces of wonderful dialog or subplots to delete to fit time constrains. You could never improve on their dialog.