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.
It has become a bit of theater, an artificial enactment of a community value.
The difficulty will come for all those misled and confused when they leave campus, where all the aggressions were micro, to a world that only pays as much attention to this stuff as it has to to stay out of trouble. Because it has work to do, and somebody somewhere has got to make a buck.
Assistant Village Idiot
Regarding Manning and prisoners in general it is crazy that sexual reassignment treatment is conflated with health care and can thus be required. The correct way to handle this issue is to recognize it is not a right but merely a choice and it should be up to the prisoner to deal with this issue after his/her penal obligation is completed. It shouldn't be the responsibility of the taxpayer to indulge prisoners whims.