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 American proposition is precisely the opposite of what Herself imagines: The U.S. government exists at our sufferance, not the other way around. We have governments because there are some things that we as individuals have a hard time doing through private enterprise, and we have a federal government because there are things that the several states cannot manage separately, such as national defense and border security. (And, bang-up job on the latter, Washington.) A president isn’t a prince, and a citizen isn’t a serf.
Herself’s invocation of serfdom is the logical extension of “You Didn’t Build That”-ism, the backward philosophy under which the free citizen is obliged to justify his life and his prosperity to the state, in order to satisfy the economic self-interest, status-seeking, and power-lust of such lamentable specimens as Elizabeth Warren, a ridiculous little scold who has never done a single useful thing in her entire public life. The American model is precisely the opposite: Government has to justify itself to us. The states created the federal government, not the other way around, and the citizens created the states, not the other way around. We don’t owe these jackasses any service.
Americans have a different view of government from Europe, thank God.
They regard America as a step along the way to a better society. That's why they look on in shock when people say they hate America and the Constitution. They don't. But they only have mild approval, and far more approval for their vision of what comes after.
They are so enamored of what could go right that they really don't believe that it could ever go somehow wrong. Any problems encountered are seen as temporary mistakes, or perhaps sabotage by their enemies* - not a structural problem - which must be fixed with greater incentives and greater punishments.
All very gentle and frightening.
*It was Snowball that destroyed the mill.
Assistant Village Idiot
The personal qualities required for a free republic to exist (self-reliance, self-restraint, industry, thrift) have been under attack by the left for decades. Successfully attacked I might add. I don't know how we come back from this.