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.
One of my uncle's was too young to join when WW II broke out. He tried and was turned down. He did join the Coast Guard. I don't know why they took him since he was too young for the Navy. Then after a year or so he joined the Navy and fought German subs in the Atlantic. Just a common man nothing special except to his family. My mother would never say it but he was probably her favorite brother. Her other brother fought in the Army in the Pacific and he too was her favorite brother (love is a conflict sometime). I didn't understand their devotion and commitment to fight for their country until after I joined (maybe not even then really). Another relative, a cousin didn't come back. I don't know him, all I know is there is a picture of him as he was leaving his house to go to war. Dressed in a sailor's uniform he went off to fight and his ship was sunk somewhere in the Pacific. Another cousin was a radio operator on Tinian Island when the B29 took off with an Atomic Bomb to stop the Pacific war. All of these men left family to go to fight. One wife was a nurse who nursed soldiers and sailors back to health. One wife worked in a Navy Yard on the East coast helping to prepare ships for war. One brother worked in another Navy Yard. All Americans gave up food items, necessities and luxuries to help fight the war. All gave something, some gave everything. I salute them all.