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.
From It’s The End Of Sex As We Know It - Feminism has gone off the deep end, commercializing both sex and women and claiming that their subjugation is instead a demonstration of their power:
Given the Dr. Frankenstein aspects of modern medical technology, Kendall’s biologically mystifying claim, “You don’t have to have a vagina in order to be pregnant,” is true, but a more obvious explanation seems to be that Kendall and a great many of her peers have lost their minds...
I think a lot of the worry parents have of letting their kids out of their sight is all the horrible things we hear about happening to kids now. That could be because there is more of that or because it is hyped more.
I think another part is that there is a strong movement to over protect kids - no dodge ball, padded playground equipment, etc. Some of that is built on reducing aggressive play - as in teaching kids to be noncompetitive - and some built on fear that the kids will feel pain.
All this is to the detriment of our kids who will more likely grow up to be risk-averse. In some cultures, parents allow their kids to burn themselves because their own experience is the best teacher.
All that being said, I cannot imagine letting kids go out into the wilds on New York City! But there was a time when it was common for kids to use the subway by themselves. But then there was also a time when kids on the rifle team carried their rifles on the subway on the way to school.
It's important to the left that rights come from man and not God.
First, they can't allow the idea of God to impart meaning on our lives - especially government. In their minds, that violates their beloved "separation of church and state". It is an idea that excludes atheists and we all know they want to be inclusive.
Second (and related to the first) is that if rights come from man, they can be taken away by other men (within a framework of collective agreement and compromise, of course).
There's a lot more to Judeo-Christian teaching and tradition than many people understand. I think if they understood it better, they would be more forceful in defending it. I recommend Dennis Prager's Youtube series on the Ten Commandments (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK57RiMqTdk&list=PLK-mlwYq2oc0CEfjzYSZxg3a-26f8qJhc).
I laughed when this book first came out! At last, I thought to myself, Americans will know for certain that the "women in charge" the "agents of change" do unusually cruel things to men in the workplace. They do it because no one can see they are getting a little wet spot in their panties. This book just makes it moral for them--if not yet in the workplace--it at least permits them "those" feelings.
I suspect that in a not to distant future our dear Bull Dog will know what I am talking about.