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 Nutcracker is all about chivalry. The Nutcracker soldier goes to fight the evil mouse army, in order to protect the princess. But that story is completely gone. Now, it's about "art". In truth, nobody really cares if the ballerina is talented. The Nutcracker is supposed to be a drama, because the audience wants to see a lot of action!