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.
From the review of the above-titled book at WSJ Online:
Veteran Boston political reporter Jon Keller also invites us to behold his native state . . . and shudder in dismay. In "The Bluest State," he argues that, although Massachusetts does not suffer alone from its notorious affection for liberalism, it is the incubator for "Massachusetts viruses" that infect the national Democratic Party. The viruses come in many forms: "addiction to tax revenues and a raging edifice complex couched in disrespect to wage earners; phony identity politics without real results for women and minorities; reflexive anti-Americanism in foreign affairs; vain indulgence in obnoxious political correctness; self-serving featherbedding; NIMBYism; authoritarian distortion of the balance of governmental power, all simmered in a broth of hypocritical paternalism."
Massachusetts is a superior state to all other states. My family has made it the template for good government.
I have a drinking problem, a weight problem, I can't swim, and I live off the money my father made by running rum during Prohibition. Plus everyone is aware my three brothers are all dead, two by assassination. That pity factor is a great thing.
Yes it is true that Dad favored Adolf Hitler but heck, we all make little mistakes.
Senator, sir, I've often wondered--and this chance meeting is a good place to ask--why, since you are so vehemently dedicated to the existence of a confiscatory estate tax on Americans, that you yourself shield your own assets from the tax via a trust fund registered on the island of Fiji?
Is it that your own money has a higher purpose than money belonging to the rest of us?
Ah, so. Well, I won't bother you with such matters--just one more wee inconsequential query: That outsized neck brace you wore for Mary Jo's funeral -- that was, like, a joke, right? A wink-wink catering to the rubes?
I'm sure they are in the book but not the quote; hatred of all business and industry, an obsession with guns but tolerance violent criminals, and very successful policies designed to drive every retiree from the state.
I love my home state but will never again subject myself to their governance.