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.
The US has gotten comfortable dominating the world economically and, more or less, militarily. Except for the usual anti-American moaners and groaners. Its' been a good deal for the world, but in our wealth and security we have become maybe too-comfortable. Even though we have done some foolish things, I doubt any nation in the history of the world can match our good intentions or our good deeds. And now our supposed "ally," Europe, is on a self-destruct mission.
But now with China waking up - thanks to global capitalism - and with India on a tech roll - thanks to global capitalism, there is no doubt that a change is coming. It doesn't have to be a bad thing, but Jim Pinkerton is worried (not that this train can be stopped):
"Thus the three wheels: First, China gets closer to India, as the two nations seek a New Asian Order. Second, China grows more hostile to the United States and Japan. Third, China bolsters nuke-crazy North Korea.
Those are three fuses burning across the Pacific, whether we like it or not - whether we know it or not."