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.
Ethicist Sissela Bok, wife of former Harvard president Derek Bok, wrote a book back in the Seventies about the effects allowing government to lie would have on society. Basically, eventual collapse because the entire society would realize truth meant nothing and there would no longer be any restraints imposed by requiring people to be honest or truthful.
We're at the point she was talking about, where virtually everything the government says is a lie.