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.
As an anthropologist, I am always surprised by some people's refusal to recognize that people bring a lifetime of cultural conditioning and practiced behaviors along with them when they move to a new place.
I am even more surprised that the people refusing to recognize that history and culture have a strong effect on human behavior consider themselves to be open-minded.