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 suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles."
Of course, because that's what politics is about. There are differing views of what the public good really is and different views about how to achieve the public good most effectively.
Such "hostility" could be managed in a civil manner. But how much fun would that be?
Well, okay, the situation got that way by about 1792. But ideally politics is about the good of the society and ideally one could debate it with mutual respect.
The less power a government wields in the lives of its people, the less money and power there would be to fight over, and the less contentious politics might be. How Lockean of me.
Thanks for the nice post, Herr Barrimeister. When it comes to one-line QQQs, I'd place Jefferson at the top of the list, followed closely by ol' Ben. The quotes around the Jefferson Memorial are real spine-shiver stuff. I have two DVDs on the guy, but what I'd really like to see is a bio-drama like they did with 'John Adams'. A must-rent if you haven't seen it.