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.
I was a theater and literature major in the 70's, with a contempt for Southerners, fraternity guys, all things military, hunters, and business majors. No matter how smart any of them might be individually, those groups were known to be generally closed-minded, uncurious, and shallow.
Not like Me. I was deep, you see. And sensitive. I was a socialist, not because I actually thought through whether it fed more people, but because it seemed generous, and the free market seemed selfish. I was against The War, not because I had any clear foreign policy ideas, but because I was convinced that liberals wanted to understand different cultures and get along, while conservatives just wanted to shoot people they didn't like.
Yes, read the whole thing. It's short and to the point.
Remember it well; one of my all-time favorite posts. Thought AVI demonstrated extraordinary lucidity, especially in nailing the last line- "conservative issues don't attract me as much as liberal idiocy repels me." My experience is that many liberals define themselves the same way- less in terms of liberal orthodoxy than revulsion toward conservatism (usualy religious). Guess we often define ourselves by what we are not.
I'm certainly defined by what I am not. I almost voted for Dubya (the first time) but after the past 8 years I am solidly Democrat and 100% liberal. There's nothing about liberal ideology that repels me. The "nanny state" claims are just propaganda meant to scare everybody. Liberalism isn't socialism. It's common sense.