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.
Tony Blair's legacy. Quoted from a piece in the Daily Mail (h/t, Samizdata):
Tony Blair has shown himself the most accomplished political actor ever to occupy the premiership.
He is an orator of near-genius, a performer who has for years dominated party conference platforms, TV studios, Parliament, White House press conferences, even the U.S. Congress.
Put him before an audience in his heyday, whether of three people or 3,000, and he could weave a spell worthy of Gandalf.
But now let us step over the camera and lighting cables, walk past the brilliantly painted frontage of whichever modern temple of glitz he is patronising - the Millennium Dome would be appropriate - and venture backstage.
Examine the real Britain after ten years of Blair.
Let us hope, at least, that Great Britain (the late Great, that is) serves us here in the US as our canary in the global coal mine. We have our own Tonys (Clinton, Obama, Edwards, ad nauseum) and our own legions of nannies, petty tyrants, flunkies, victims, illegal immigrants, polymorphously perverse genderites, and other assorted denizens of the 21st Century State of Lunacy with which to contend.