Like many, I had a paper route in the sixth grade. Mine was a prime route: The downtown business district in Ellsworth, which took less than an hour, including the walk down Bridge Hill to get my papers at the Hancock House and back up for breakfast afterward. The Bangor Daily News was $0.42 for six issues. Saturday was one heavy load at the start, but it was collection day.

Weather like we had this May meant extra work to keep the papers dry and take them all the way to each door. We called it “clousy and drimsal.” All that was before lawmakers decided the school superintendent would make better decisions for Maine’s kids than their parents. Now, kids must get permission to work, even at summer jobs, and no sixth-grader would get that permission today.

Clousy and drimsal is also my view of the long, miserable spring in both Augusta and Washington. One bit of sunlight out of Washington is that the last vestiges of the attempted coup against President Trump imploded with the delivery of the Mueller report.

Books by Dan Bongino, Greg Jarrett and Mark Levin, reporting by Sarah A. Carter and John Solomon, and remarks by Attorney General Barr detail that sordid chapter in American history beyond what the space here permits.

Some feign shock and dismay that Russia interfered in 2016, but “Venona” (John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr) shows that is pure ignorance, hypocrisy, or deceit. The only thing new in 2016 was the unprecedented level of complicity in the upper levels of the Obama DOJ and DNI that is now being exposed. That crimes were committed is not in doubt. We’ll see whether and how many prosecutions and convictions result.

Closer to home, Maine is, mercifully, almost through the first session of the 129th Legislature: The potential for economic and social mayhem is largely captured for this session. More than 2,000 bills were introduced. Many were hideous attacks on our freedom and economic health, and many more were simply bad ideas.

Among the former were proposals to put a $0.40 tax on every gallon of fuel used for any purpose. A mileage tax was proposed, as was a nearly 50% increase in the income tax rate for families called wealthy for taxation and middle class when MSEA-SEIU is demanding raises.

Other legislation proposed state-funded abortions, authorizing “red flag” gun seizure, mandating pre-K for children as young as 3, turning Maine into a sanctuary state, mandating a $15/hour minimum wage, expanding ranked-choice voting, which has never produced the promised majority, and even disenfranchising Maine voters by awarding our electoral votes to whichever candidate prevails in a few highly urban (overwhelmingly Democrat of course) districts in New York, California, Texas, Florida and Illinois.

Infanticide proponents argued that a fetus is not a human being. Climate change fanatics asserted the world would end in 12 years.

One Maine legislator offered her view that businesses should fund the new minimum wage by reducing higher-paid employees to minimum wage. Another legislator told us that if we didn’t like the new taxes, we could move to Massachusetts.

A sitting member of the Supreme Court reportedly declared that “a pregnant woman is not a mother.” A Maine newspaper even offered the view that making Maine a sanctuary state would help fix Maine’s “whiteness” problem. Even worse, there are voters who support these ideas and support the people who expressed them.

Our founders understood we could not survive an ignorant, unprincipled, hateful, and unreservedly selfish electorate. But narcissistic personality disorder seems to be epidemic in coastal America, and particularly in coastal Maine.

Many voters seem to live in a fact-free universe where wants become “rights” and charlatans promise indulgences knowing they cannot be delivered sustainably. Truly, our republic is under attack from those who would trade their freedom for secure subsistence and from those who would impose servitude and wealth confiscation but deliver misery and even death as we are witnessing in North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran.

Those of us who would preserve our freedom, prosperity, and republic must overcome our revulsion at the tactics of personal destruction radical socialists have weaponized. We must stand together to speak against and steadfastly resist the left’s demagogues who proudly advocate imposing their oppressive agenda on America.

Either we will grow the spine to preserve and defend the constitutional government our forefathers forged for us, or the socialists left will impose their version of government on us.

Another View is a Maine Press Association award-winning column written by an individual who is a member of a group of concerned citizens who meet regularly in the Midcoast.