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 family story about the song from Richard Fernandez. From WWII, as US troops came in to free prisoners in the Philippines. It starts: "Mom lived a short distance from the Sto Tomas internment camp. On Feb 3 1945 a 20 something Japanese Army Catholic chaplain, who'd befriended the family came to the house and left a bolt of striped silk cloth. . . .
"Berlin was touring U.S. military bases in 1945. During a stop in the Philippines, he heard children in Leyte singing the song God Bless America. Touched by that and feeling that they might like a song of their own, he composed "Heaven Watch the Philippines"