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.
This columnist David Bullard made a good point, and one we have made here in the past: compared to the stone age - or to anything else, Western civilization is a gift. (Which is not to say that anybody wants a gift imposed upon them: change is tough for people.)
American blacks should wake up every morning and thank God that their ancestors were taken from Africa as part of the slave trade. As a result, they are American citizens and enjoy political rights and economic opportunities that are light years ahead of anything available to most Africans. Think that's racist? Well, I don't see too many African-Americans clamoring to return to Africa.