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.
"Do try to keep up" is exactly the point. This is all born of a narcissism that insists you have to keep paying attention to them. Proving that you are up to the minute reassures them that you care as deeply about social pressure. It angers them when you don't care and don't pay attention.
"Current events" used to be part of Civics in high school, but the system has been hacked by the socially-obsessed (see the news feeds for evidence of this). It would probably better to teach children to just check on the news every week or so, maybe even every month or so. As CS Lewis noted, if something happens everyone will want to tell you.
Assistant Village Idiot
Imagine the confusion if they add a gold fringe.
I will lay odds that when NASA returns to the Moon, there will be a demand that whatever iteration of this flag exists will be planted there.