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.
28 months for Lynn Stewart. A jury of her peers convicted her of terrorism and conspiracy. One of the co-conspirators got 24 years.
I see other bloggers complaining about the lightness of her sentence. Maybe. But the point is made: We are a nation. We Americans understand that everybody screws up once in a while (which is why she does not get the death penalty as she would in many countries), but very few of us conspire with foreign enemies who desire to kill us. To me, this is not terrorism - it's treason.
And treason has no place in a democracy. We always have two outlet in the USA - voting, and moving away. If you don't like the outcome of a vote, you suck it up, and if you don't like the country, you depart. This case is a good reminder that we are a nation - and that matters. It's not a joke.