1)yes. 2)nope, that's a total mischaracterization, 3)yes, 4) private interest not being public interest, 5)claim to base my argument on principle, which i cross check against the real world to ensure i am thinking properly. Suggest you do the same. When my model is wrong, I rethink my assumptions. 6) whatever. 7) where would modern "conservatism" be without victory in this world or glory in the next. Triumphalism fills your pores. It is stupid, and hubristic, and has created some serious problems for our country. 8) when people are funny, I laugh.