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.
In a way, people live their lives as though magic existed, as the blogger Shrinkwrapped has stated. Flick a switch, the lights go on; get a sinus infection, take a pill and itís gone; push control-alt-delete, and Windows just might fix itself. There is magic in technology, no doubt about it. But historically the American people have been a can-do bunch, tinkering, and fixing and creating, and not that much given to Utopian fantasies. How much that it still true today is, in our opinion, an open question. Certainly, as Thomas Sowell alluded to, and the Rahmatullah-Yale incident highlights, our educational institutions have become debased. Furthermore, as we discussed in How Your iPod is ruining America, there is a critical need to connect the people of today with the world of 130 years ago in America so they can understand how we came so far so fast from where we were, and this education is not happening. The lack of such awareness and education can lead to alienation, as well as ignorance, and that is quite dangerous.