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 a retired professor, of Fine Arts no less, I do know of what I speak..Most really don't have any principles, but they do know what will get them in trouble, hence, they cave at the slightest hint of trouble. And a growing number are actually female.
I always assume these folks are childless, or they have the worst behaved kids in the world. When kids start acting like brats you give them a good pop on the ass; physically or rhetorically. You certainly don't cave in to their whingeing. I tell my kids they can start making some house rules when they start knocking out a mortgage payment or two. No takers so far.