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.
“What the [French philosophes] of the eighteenth century did not see....is that traditions are not all fetters, that many of them constitute the very framework of a society, that every society rests upon the legitimacy of some government....The English succeeded in this enterprise, because the transition in that country was extremely slow and because they preserved side by side new [traditions] and old.”
1200 pounds for hurt feelings? I'd be very rich about now. Gay and Right