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.
True dat! I completely understand the liberal mind, having labored, or not, with one for so long. It is all based on feelings and emotion, facts and logic be damned! I don't know many who have gone in the other direction - conservative gone liberal - I love it when pols/pundits give someone like Romney grief for "flip-flopping" on the right to life issue. That should be cause for celebration! Have you ever met anyone who was once pro-life and is now pro-choice? I never have.
While I was not always as conservative or classically liberal as I am now, I was never a lefty in terms of championing socialism, guilt over countries sins, deferment to world opinion, etc.
Always loved country and have come to and continue to increase love for God.
Today's left have totally lost it and they're taking down the Democratic party and many of our old, grand institutions of media and education with it. I just hope they don't take too many casualties with them as they blow up.
"To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser. "
~Robert Louis Stevenson
If I may, I'd like to use two unsourced quotes attributed to Mark Twain:
"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. -Mark Twain."
I submit that quote to those who have, for example, rejected the "conservatism" of a religious childhood/upbringing/whatever and are forever convinced that they must be a "liberal" and that all "conservatives" are just like their parents/relatives/childhood_parishoners.
The second unsourced Twain quote needs no further comment for readers here:
"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."
This old Dead Head crunchy conservative is having a hard time reconciling what the remaining members of the Grateful Dead are doing playing at an Obama concert... Garcia and Kesey are rolling over fat ones in their graves...