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.
"Why didn't the big kitty want to play?" the little girl asked. But there's blame enough to go around, to her parents for not explaining the facts of life about wild animals and carnivores, to her teachers for being equally sappy about the 'real' facts of life, and to the silly little children's books which don't tell the truth either. It's a cruel world out there, and most warm blooded animals are carnivores.
You have to be a sophisticated sissy to be a vegetarian in a red meat world.
Apologies in advance to all the sophisticated sissies out there who will take offense.