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.
This is the sharp edge of the wedge. And it's not about loving trees, believe me. Guys from Chicago politics don't give a damn about trees and wouldn't know a Blue Jay from a Flicker. It's about power and control.
We love trees and the outdoors and the critters as much or more than anyone, and we hate this sort of insidious BS.