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.
Klavan went to a NYC grade school to do Story Time. A quote:
The teacher told me that she once had to explain to the class why her last name was the same as her fatherís. She dusted off the whole ancient ritual of legitimacy for themómarriages, maiden names, and so on. When she was done, there was a short silence. Then one child piped up softly: ďYeah . . . Iíve heard of that.Ē
Iíve heard of that. It would break a heart of stone.
Beating poverty in America nowadays is largely a matter of personal behavior. Get a high school diploma, donít have kids until youíre married, donít get married until youíre 21, and you probably wonít be poor. It also helps if you work hard, show up on time, act courteously, and avoid anything felonious.
But where are these kids going to learn such things?