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.
I mentioned this story before on this site but it bares repeating. My late wife died by a GSW to the chest by her own hand while my sons and I were away from the home. She suffered from extreme mental illness(s) for many years and was well know to the LEO community due to her many outbursts and anti-social behavior over the years.
Fast forward to when the responding officer and EMT rushed into my home - the officer grabbed me by the arm and gently led me out of the house away from my wife's shattered body and toward where my grade school aged sons were. He told me "we all know what happened here but the detectives will soon be here and will look at you as a suspect. Do not talk to them at all. AT ALL."
I didn't. They did indeed verbally push me all over and even involved my sons who were already inconsolable over the loss of their mother. I was shocked, furious, sad, sick, lightheaded, confused, and looking for a fight. I damn near gave it to them. The interrogation went on for an hour or two until the Chief arrived and sent the detectives packing. He also apologized and expressed his sympathies on the loss of my wife.
Nothing good would have come from me answering their questions.
The few times I've been pulled over, or called them to come pick up a bike abandoned on my property, I've tried to be neighborly and conversational. But nowadays, I dunno. The LEOs probably haven't changed, but their working environment has for sure.