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.
Grant Wood's American Gothic, a portrait of his sister and his dentist, is considered America's most famous painting, with perhaps Whistler's Mother a close runner-up.
Is this picture a satire? Is it a condescending portrayal of a stern and severe midwestern attitude? I doubt it. And why the pitchfork? Sandall has written a piece on the painting, with attention to Paris Hilton.