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.
Democrats see themselves as the party of the future. But their policies are antique. The federal minimum wage dates to 1938, equal pay for women to 1963, access to contraceptives to 1965. Raising these issues now is campaign gimmickry, not serious policymaking.
Scott's call for school choice reminds me a while ago, everybody left of center was hyping the Finnish schools as model. One feature of that system is school choice. You want to send your kids to a Lutheran school, here's your papers, same as sending them to a Somali language school, etc. Also remember too the in old days, "freedom of choice" was a last gasp attempt to prevent school integration. So, walk carefully.
BTW, lets remember Hubris does hunt so be generous in victory while stingy in defeat.
The growth in bartenders and waiters is interesting. Wonder if the IRS will be even more aggressive in chasing unreported tip income.
Divorced Catholics - those receiving the Catholic sacrament of marriage - are not excommunicated by the Church. The Church does not recognize secular divorce and as you noted it's all about the confession of sin. A divorced Catholic who remarries in a civil service is committing adultery, is in a state of sin and cannot receive the sacraments.
Jesus said what he had to say, it's up to the individual to follow... or not.