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.
"I think then that the species of oppression by which democratic nations are menaced is unlike anything which ever before existed in the world. I am trying myself to choose an expression which will accurately convey the whole of the idea I have formed of it, but in vain . . . I seek to trace the novel features under which despotism may appear in the world. The first thing that strikes the observation is an innumerable multitude of men all equal and alike, incessantly endeavoring to procure the petty and paltry pleasures with which they glut their lives. . . . Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications, and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent, if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks on the contrary to keep them in perpetual childhood; it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing."
...to keep them in perpetual childhood. Venezuela's childhood was rather short. The fools that voted socialism/totalitarianism into the political arena will soon find that the nation state has been fully sacked and the elite have left with the loot.
Sadly, in the absence of any alternative, many young men today believe that military service is part of the road to manhood. It is not. I'm not opposed to military service, as long as young men are made to understand that becoming a man is primarily an intellectual journey. But that's not what the army offers. They only offer a physical journey.
If it were up to me, I would change that. I would require that all new recruits attend classes; just as if they were in college. These classes would cover all the major philosophers, and of course the ideals of truth, honor, beauty, and Justice. That way, when military service is finished, each soldier can take with him or her an understanding of life, and what it's all about.
The problem, of course, is that any discussion of philosophy requires that people be able to express their opinions freely. That's not the army way. And it's not the way of a totalitarian government which does everything within its power to silence dissent.
army.. only offers a physical journey.
In the military, early 70s and I was not a good fit.
However before that, I went to college and I believed everything the professors said. After the service I returned to college and did not believe any thing they said. Their ideas were fantasies that didn't exist in the real world.
Secondly I saw what that world was like and knew that wasn't for me. So, it was more that a physical experience but an realization.