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.
When my grandfather was in the hospital recovering from surgery at age 76, he wasn't recovering very quickly. They expected him out in 3 days and he'd been there a week.
My grandmother kept saying "Let him have his Reading beer with dinner." The hospital wouldn't allow him his beer. My grandmother started sneaking it in, and he was better in a week and 3 days.
Reading beer has recuperative powers. Must be the 'aged in transit' properties.
Years ago I read that when an heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune fell from his horse and broke a leg while foxhunting he immediately dispatched someone to his house to get a box of his favorite cigars and a crate of his usual champagne and deliver them to the hospital. Of course, that was back in the 1950's.
He was no Churchill but he lived his life his way and that meant enjoying horses and hounds. When asked why he never went to the company's office in NYC he replied he knew nothing of business and could think of no good reason he should bother the professionals who ran the company.
The misery that comes out of bottle (or needle or other type harmful drug) is terrible. That we can't stop it or reduce it is just as terrible. I am not a fan of government controlling every thing we do but if they don't who will stop this terrible waste of life and incredible suffering? My suggestion is that we change the tort laws and allow families and the individuals affected to sue when harm results from alcohol or harmful drugs (not medicinal drugs). Let the shyster lawyers do the dirty work and put them out of business.
England needed him then but they need someone like him today too. Can you imagine if Theresa May was who they depended on back in the 30's. Maybe it's just the nature of the man that can actually do what must be done that people don't like him all that much.