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.
"Within my lifetime, both interracial and gay marriage were outlawed. Today all Americans are free to marry the person they love. Almost 9 percent of Americans have two or more races in their background. It may be halting and uneven, but we are making progress toward a more inclusive society."
We are not making progress towards a more inclusive society. An inclusive society is made-up of people who have a wide variety of opinions. If I said that I don't like black people, or that interracial marriage is stupid and dangerous, or that homosexuals spread HIV, or that Feminists are dirty communists, or that Indians are a bunch of lazy assholes, or that Mexicans should go back to Mexico; I would be accused of a crime. There is nothing free or inclusive about it. We now live in an atmosphere of political terror. The Thought Police can charge you with a crime for almost any reason; and you will be vilified without having a chance to defend yourself.
Everybody nowadays is afraid. Afraid of being accused of something. Afraid of saying or even thinking the wrong thing.
Afraid that they will get caught in the political trap, one way or another. So we can say that this is certainly not the best time to be alive. It's the calm before the storm. When all of the communists, and homosexuals, and feminists, and Mexicans, and other groups have been removed, then it will be a great time to be alive. People will once again enjoy freedom of speech, and protection from political terror.