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.
'Sfunny. I'd love to do 20 hours a week indoor clerical. I'm past 70, not fast, but diligent. I get hired only for extra gigs in movies and TV, and I am a nitty-picky editor. Maybe that's the problem. Writers, especially young ones, hate being told that 500 words of Newspeak reaches no one, especially if misspelled.
Scott Adams is correct that the Number One problem in America is the integrity of our elections. He is also correct that nobody is doing anything about it. All these "election reform" laws being passed by the States are just re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Until we get in-person voting ONLY (with a very limited set of exceptions), paper ballots ONLY, and ban electronic tabulation machines, we will continue to have Soviet-Style elections. (FWIW, I think Adams' overuse of the F-word detracted from his points. Well, he is upset.)
Many states aren't doing enough, but.....there are quite a few states that have made sure to roll back the more egregious changes to election laws that were put into place in the run-up to 2020. There has been a lot of very vocal 'return to Jim Crow' and 'OhMyGod think of the people without IDs' type squawking by Democrats over the recent passage of the Texas voting laws fr'instance, even though the new regulations actually expand voter access when compared to conditions before the free-for-all post-COVID floodgates being opened. The complaining all falls apart with a simple comparison to the way that other countries, many of them less well-developed, manage to conduct elections like grownups with very little fraud. Here's another apt yard stick when comparing to other countries: Where there is party-sponsored fraud and a concerted effort to obstruct transparency, there is usually government over-reach and tyranny.
The mission of public education should be to enable its graduates with (1) the ability to communicate (give and receive) in oral and written forms, (2) to solve problems (math and some basic science), and (3) understand the basic workings -the how and why - of our system of government.
Instead, because they are less rigorous, what used to be extracurricular (or even forbidden) activities have supplanted the traditional curriculum that, while still present, has become watered down so as to eliminate "barriers" for those unwilling (not unable, just unwilling) to put in a modicum of time and effort.
I was a Marine who could/can swear like a sailor. But I'm embarrassed at the public coarseness of our national dialog, i.e., the '*uck Joe Biden' chants making the rounds. While I completely agree with the sentiment, I can only cringe when thinking of the example being made for 'the children'. Of course that's just further illustration of our declining values as a culture.
It's too late. I used to care about this crap. We live in an occupied country and what you see is the future only it will be worse. Until the mob awakes from its distractions and goes after those pulling the strings nothing is changing. I have no clue what comes next. But nobody is coming to save us. I can't even get my family to take vitamin D much less care about the elections being stolen. Everything turns on Profit, Power and Punishment. Everything we are told is a lie so stop thinking and just listen to your feelings and intuition. My intuition tells me to spend more time in nature and with those I love. I have prepared for the storm as much as I can, I need to learn how to enjoy the rain. See ya out there.