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.
The proverbial expression has nothing to do with Advent. Here's Wiki:
The Dog in the Manger is a fable attributed to Aesop, concerning a dog who one afternoon lay down to sleep in the manger. On being awoken, he ferociously kept the cattle in the farm from eating the hay on which he chose to sleep, even though he was unable to eat it himself, leading an ox to mutter the moral of the fable:
People often begrudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
It hasn't been that many years since Aesop was part of the standard curriculum. "Sour grapes", "Dog in the manger", and the rest have been part of the common heritage of Western civilization for a millenium or more. Have they gone completely?
I suppose once something's been deconstructed and Derridaed into PC pabulum, it might as well be discarded. Still seems a pity, though.