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.
He gets only 1. The girls in the story are guests/bridesmaids/relatives.
Rather a harsh story--they are just ditzy pretty girls. But, I think (no internet or Biblical reference works here in the woods with muzzle loaders going off all around the camp) supposed to symbolize the fools who are not prepared to see the light of Christ that the wise ones are prepared for and can keep the spark alight.
Under Obama, the wise ones will have their oil stolen and given to the foolish ones. And the wise ones will be castigated for making the foolish ones feel bad about themselves.