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.
A long time ago I had some neighbors--Ph.D.s both of them very liberal and very professional. They needed to "refresh their marriage" and were going on a holiday in the Caribbean when I asked, " why do you want to go to Haiti and Panama?" Their reply was standard, "ohh. . well, we want to experience the REAL Caribbean". When they returned home. . .not so much in love with idea of "getting to know your real neighbor".