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.
That's what we'd like to think treated our soldiers but isn't true for the vast majority. The first troops returning from Europe got parades and were honored in their hometowns. Those who arrived back several months later had their hands shaken and their backs slapped. Those who came home from the Far East arrived to empty docks and found that those who had never left had moved on and didn't want to be reminded of war anymore.
I have a framed 1940's litho of Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Speech," in my den. It is there to remind me that freedom of speech is being assailed in every corner of our society, and we must work hard to protect it.
In that illustration, a farmer in Vermont is standing up at a town meeting to speak his mind knowing that he will not be jailed, beaten or killed for expressing his opinion. The soldier in this illustration fought to protect that freedom at the time when free speech was not available in much of the world. Sadly now It becoming harder to do so now in our society. The price we pay to live in a democracy is that we must give up our right to not be offended.