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.
Currently reading (or listening to) Paul Johnson's The Birth of the Modern 1815-1830 about the rapid changes in Western Civilization after the defeat of Napoleon. This painting and several others with the same subject are mentioned many times. It was a "Titanic" type of event in the West not just in France.