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.
Boring comment (sorry), but I just had to relate a recent conversation with a good friend and wife of an Ivy League professor. We were walking with kids and dogs in the back field and I mentioned that hunting season would keep us out of the woods for the next few weeks, and the conversation drifted to hunting accidents. One of her children (he's 9, BTW) piped up, "Didn't VP Cheney have a hunting accident and shoot someone?"
We answered in the affirmative, then my friend added, "Too bad it wasn't Bush."
Her son then said, "Oh yeah. Then he would get arrested for killing someone and be executed."
I chose not to comment. What can you say? The hatred starts very very early.