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.
Well done people!
Now, tell me, from a "Centrist/ordinary American with a Libertarian bias,": How does one respond to a college educated American relative who says of Ted Cruz, "People like that ought not to be allowed to run for the highest office in the land."
If he is happy with the "Hope & Change" that is going on now, I would say you don't, unless you want to mix it up with him. If so, you might start by asking if he enjoys the president lying to him about just about everything (except negotiating with Iran). You may need to remind him that what Bush did or did not lie about is immaterial but if he must, remind him that WMD in Iraq really did exist so "Bush lied, people died" is a non starter - and even if they didn't, you can remind him that President Clinton, a large percentage of the demoncrats in the Senate, and every intelligence agency in the world - including Israel, France, Germany, and Russia - thought so too.
Anyone and anything not easily and automatically identified with the Left, especially the Far Left, is by default regarded as "conservative." As an anarcho-libertarian [a former professor said he found it useful to think of me as a heavily armed and potentially dangerous Amishman] I find that most liberals have real trouble wrapping their head around the idea that you can be both non-Left and non-conservative.
They really seem to lack any trace of imagination sometimes.