Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Taming the Wild Pigs

If you watch the news at all, you probably are aware that several big spending bills and the president's budget proposal are in congress right now, and they have the potential to spend trillions (with a "t") of money that doesn't actually exist, on a lot of projects that are designed to "help" the economy and to improve the lives of Americans.

At first glance, it might seem like all these things are good things. Old bridges should to be rebuilt, poor people should be able to go to the doctor when they're sick, and children who live in the country would be better off if they had the same high speed internet access as children who live in the city. What's wrong with that?

I have been searching my mind to think of a simple and succinct way to explain the danger of having the federal government pay for conveniences that have previously been the responsibility of the individual or the state, when i received an excellent email forward from my parents. Please read.

Catching Wild Pigs

A chemistry professor at a large college had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Professor 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 while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's 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 was no 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 everyday 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, so they accept their captivity.

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America .

And now, a word from the forefathers:

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."

-Thomas Jefferson

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."

-Gerald Ford

"Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in
their manners. ... Six days shalt thou labor, though one of
the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be
looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase,
and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances
will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring
them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing
all your estates among them."

-Benjamin Franklin

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

-Thomas Jefferson

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children what it was once like in the United States when men were free."

-Ronald Reagan


  1. those presidents were wise!!!
    every word of those quotes ring so deep in my heart.

    i'm not being tame.. i HATE the fence i see.

    my eyes are teary.. i don't want to telling Keith and Meara how freedom WAS.

  2. just got this e-mail today from Chuck Balwin- who Josh and I wanted for president--

    --about Obama's
    gun control plans

    no way.
    we need this right.
    Beth, read this!

  3. Teresa RockefellerMarch 7, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    this is so fittingly appropriate in this day we live in


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