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.
Can anyone imagine that the masterfulness, the overbearing disposition, the greed of gain, and the ruthlessness in methods, which are the faults of the master of industry at his worst, would cease when he was a functionary of the State, which had relieved him of risk and endowed him with authority? Can anyone imagine that politicians would no longer be corruptly fond of money, intriguing, and crafty when they were charged, not only with patronage and government contracts, but also with factories, stores, ships, and railroads? Could we expect anything except that, when the politician and the master of industry were joined in one, we should have the vices of both unchecked by the restraints of either?
Suspect the cartels will find new ways to prosper, trafficking, pirate DVD/CDs/etc, gun running, politics, smuggling, etc. Would not surpise me to see some having over legit pot shops.
When you focus on what people call you, you give them a soft spot to exploit. Stay on the facts, keep your reasoning solid, don't drop conservation stoppers and when they drop the denier, racist, misogyist, etc flag, thank them for conceding.
Buy contraceptives? There's already a government program that provides them free and without regard to income. Do a search for DHHS Title X family planning. Does mean though going to a clinic where one can show soliditary with the underclass. (which seems absent from most leftish talk nowadays).