Sunday, November 02, 2008

Catching Wild Pigs

I rarely post stuff that was just forwarded to me in email, but this one caught my attention. I wish I would have written it myself.

There was a Chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Prof. noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back, and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot in his native country while fighting communists who were trying to overthrow the government and install a new communist government.

In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, 'Do you know how to catch wild pigs?' The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.

The young man said: 'This isn't a joke. You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn.
When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves they accept their captivity.'

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America. The government keeps pushing us toward socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco
subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms just a little at a time.

One should always remember: There is no such thing as a free lunch! A politician will never provide a service for you that is ultimately more in your best interest than if you had accomplished it yourself, for yourself.

So, if you come to view all of this wonderful government help as a problem confronting the future of democracy in America, you might want to tell your friends. If you think the free ride is what those historical figures who founded this nation saw as our destiny, you will likely delete this, but God help you when the gate slams shut!

In this 'very important' election year, listen closely to what the candidates are promising you. It's just possible you may be able to figure out who is about to slam the gate on those within the political fences of America.

Think about this very carefully -- as Thomas Jefferson said a very long time ago, 'A government that is big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.'

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