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'm one of those who went through "old school AA" to get my $hite together and can personally attest to when iAA started to get "weird". It started in California (where else) in which all tales of woe had validity, closed meetings (alkies only) became pissing contests on who had been sober longest so they could run the meeting, paying dryed out alkies to speak at open meetings which led to a whole recovering alcoholic sub industry - speaking at open AA meetings and so on and so on.
It's sad in a way I suppose. When I went through the process, there wasn't a lot of coddling and massaging of egos - you messed up, fell off the wagon (use whatever term you like), there wasn't a lot of sympathy - you just picked yourself up and tried again. It's very different now because any excuse is a valid one and failure is an option held dear to their hearts.