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.
Interesting choice of words. My brother is one who believes that all of these accusations over the last 25 years have been witch hunts. Twenty years ago I used the term "banana republic" to him, with specific reference to the Clintons ordering the FBI files of their enemies sent over to the White House (on top of a few other illegalities of theirs). They explained that it was about organising seating arrangements at dinners, and the press said "Oh fine then, how is Socks doing?"
You are spot on. The analogy is apt. And so we now must ask ourselves: "What do decent people - willing to be brave but also desiring to live in peace - do when they live in a banana republic?"
IMHO the Democrats have been geniuses. They opened up immigration legally in the 60's and encouraged/allowed illegal immigration while simultaneously organizing every disenfranchised group to their party. I think they will win this election. Every blue state will vote solidly for Hillary and the swing states will narrowly and suspiciously go to Hillary as well. She could win even if she is under indictment and if the worst happens and she must drop out the left will all rally around whoever the Democrats put out there (probably fauxcahontas). They are neither honest nor honorable, they are ideological and that matters more to them than patriotism or preserving the republic. The Democrats decided decades ago to overwhelm the system and seize power and we are now in the end game/time.
Having said that I must add that I don't think anyone anticipated a Donald Trump. I still expect Trump to lose but I expect him to wake up and rally a lot of people. Will it matter? I honestly don't know but it will be interesting.
Often it seems the ones complaining about microaggressions are not the individuals themselves but others who somehow feel then need to stand up for these fragile ones (sounds like an insulting attitude).
I've periodically worked overseas, and I can assure you I NEVER felt threatened or intimidated when someone asked me where I was from, asked what Americans liked to eat, asked about our customs and holidays ...