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.
It's a pretty simple chain of logic:
Progressive is good.
America is not sufficiently progressive.
This makes America evil.
Since America is evil, any American success represents the triumph of evil.
The purpose of Progressivism is to prevent the triumph of evil
Anything that opposes the success of America opposes the triumph of evil
Therefore, anything that opposes the Success of America is good.
Since progressive is good, then good must be progressive.
therefore even though a government may be a repressive dictatorship that strips its citizens and other of their basic human rights and dignity, they are still good and progressive as long as they oppose the US.
this is the whole reason Pinochet is vilified while Castro is lionized. If Pinochet had been put in power by the KGB, he'd be a progressive hero. Ditto the Shah of Iran.
Another Guy named Dan