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.
"The government can not only evoke fear in its victims; it can also evoke a sort of superstitious reverence. It is thus both an army and a church, and with sharp weapons in both hands it is virtually irresistible. Its personnel, true enough, may be changed, and so may the external forms of the fraud it practices, but its inner nature is immutable."
Behind a pencil stand millions of cooperating people, but no mastermind. Which is why worshipers in the church of government, the source of top-down authority, disparage a free society’s genius for spontaneous order: It limits the importance of government and other supposed possessors of the expertise that supposedly is essential for imposing order from above.
George is so old-fashioned. People just want more free "services" to make life easier.
Here's a letter from the Arkansas Ku Klux Klan to H.L. Mencken:
IN HIS "Almanac of American Letters" (1981, William Kaufmann Inc.), Randy F. Nelson includes what he calls "perhaps the greatest tribute to the effect of [H.L.] Mencken's pen" -- a unanimous resolution of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Little Rock, Ark. Adopted on Sept. 7, 1925, the resolution reads:
"WHEREAS, One H.L. Mencken is the author of a scurrilous article recently published in the Baltimore Sun, describing the Klan parade in Washington, D.C., August 3, in which he viciously slurs and insults the good women and the patriotic men who marched in that parade to the number of more than 100,000, declaring that there was not an intelligent or comely face among them, that they looked like a gang of meat cutters and curve greasers on a holiday and many other slanders and insults too vile and indecent to be repeated, therefore be it:
"RESOLVED, by the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Arkansas, a State which the said Mencken has in times past slandered as a 'land of morons,' that we condemn in the strongest possible language the vile mouthings of this prince of blackguards among the writers of America, to whom virtue, patriotism and democracy are only a subject upon which to expend the venom of a poisonous pen; that we further condemn the Baltimore Sun for heaping insults upon the good men and women of America, and that we commend the course of the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce in protesting against the calumny too degrading and false to come from the heart of one who is not himself a moral pervert.
"RESOLVED FURTHER, That copies of this resolution be sent to the Baltimore Sun, National Courier, Baltimore Chamber of Commerce and H.L. Mencken."