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 victim mentality should be number 1 on the list. In 2000 the NAACP had a celebration of 50 years of Brown VS Board of Education and Dr. Bill Cosby was the keynote speaker. Well, he didn't do a comedy act, he did the riot act. He got on them for the high black crime rate, the school dropout rate, the high illegitimacy rate, etc. When he finished, the head of the NAACP went to the podium and said those problems were not the fault of the black community. I can only assume he believed they were the fault of the evil white man. Bill Cosby received a lot of criticism for that speech but he didn't back down. In a later interview he said that if you keep blaming other people for your problems, nothing is going to get better. Nothing is going to get better for blacks as long as they have the victim mentality.