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 am 78 and I self censor. We spend a lot of time hanging out with casual friends and politics and religion is not a subject any of us talk about. The J6 and Canadian truckers did not self censor and they are paying a price from a tyrannical government. There will be a reckoning in the future. We may go full left wing fascist and they will then purge anyone with a conservative track record. It is wise to self censor.
Well I'm 70, and I don't self-censor. In fact, if I don't say something politically incorrect every day I don't feel that I've been true to myself. I refuse to play these censorship games, screw them.
Of course, I'm retired so there's nothing anyone can take away from me. When I was working, like almost all of my peers, I left religion and politics at home. This was not to avoid conflict, but simply because I've never been one for a lot of chit-chat during working hours, which are supposed to be for, you know, work. Keeping up with some of my old friends since then, I have been gratified to learn that most of them view things much the same way I do.
Re "Just ask any student": Well if he did that, he wouldn't have an article to write, would he?