Originally Written Decades Ago, I edited & updated a few times over the last few years.
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 professor noticed one young man, an 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 regime. 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 that it was no joke. "You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods where wild pigs already frequent, and place copious amounts of corn on the ground.
The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food.
Then, when they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. They get used to that small change in environment and start to eat again.
When they get used to that fence, and begin actively eating the corn again, you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that change, but eventually start eating the free and easy food again.
You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.
The pigs, which are now used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. When enough are ‘inside’ - you then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Other’s might linger on the outside WANTING IN, unaware of what is happening… despite it ‘being’ RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEIR EYES. They just don’t understand, don’t believe, and well… it seems easy and has been free; they actually envy those 'on the inside.'
The wild pigs have completely lost their freedom.
They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught, so they go back to eating the free corn; without a second thought… or care in the world.
They are so used to that ‘free meal’ they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity. They are now owned. They are not free to do what they used to be able to do, but hey - they are 'free' within the confines of THEIR CAGE. Subject to being 'picked off' or 'eliminated' at the whim of whom ever is in control of the fence and 'free corn.'
They never figured out the 'farmer' is removing some of them to butcher for meat, and to sell... to continue paying for the 'free corn' and it JUST A MATTER OF TIME before they are on the proverbial chopping block themselves!
The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America .
The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, independence, and self-sufficiency, just a little at a time with each new 'entitlement' and "Free" program that is implemented and accepted as normal.
Just a little at a time, as the government incentivizes, then shames, then tries to guilt or force us to participate in many of these programs whether we want to or not. (the pandemic, payouts, trillions spent, and covid vaccines are a prime example)
One should always remember these truths:
There is always someone that is willing to take your freedom and independence if you are willing to give them control of your freedom and independence. Over the centuries, many people have died trying to secure freedom and today there are so many that are willing to surrender their freedoms without giving it a second thought. It is nothing different than becoming addicted to drugs. The suppliers of these substances own you... and you have to do what they say, or the 'free ride' stops - one way or another.
~ There is no such thing as a free lunch (in reality, it cost someone, somewhere… even if only your parents’ or taxpayers… or a good Samaritan),
~ Nobody provides something of value without getting something in return."
~ Any entitlement the government gives you, they control, and they can take away as they see fit… when ever they see fit.
~ You can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself, if in fact you can really do it yourself; but
~ there are some things you SHOULD PAY SOMEONE ELSE TO DO, because they can do it faster, easier, or better... OR, you can be DOING SOMETHING ELSE, which they can not do.
~ A homeless, jobless person might need your help, but won’t likely ever ‘hire you’ for anything.
~ Jobs come from those WITH the money to pay... or those with the brains to teach you.
~ College COSTS YOU money, therefore ‘donating’ some of your time to LEARN A NEW CAREER, PROFESSION, or TASK is akin to going to college (if a successful person teaches you to take over, or also be successful).
~ Someone is going to pay for it now, but eventually everyone will end up paying for it later, WITH INTEREST!
~ When you rely on someone else to take care of it, it will be very expensive and will probably not be done as well, as it could have been.
~ If you see that all of this wonderful government "help" is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America, you might want to share this with your friends. Because ultimately, “WE THE PEOPLE” will be held accountable for ALL THE DEBT CONGRESS, and OUR POLITICIANS, RACK UP IN THE NAME OF AMERICA!
God help us all when the gate slams shut!
Quote for today: "The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living." ~ Anonymous
Understand: 'of democracy' (which is what was said, above) is different than 'a democracy.'
Contrary to what some claim, especially the socialist leaning left, America is NOT 'a' "Republic" or "Democracy," we are a 'democratic republic' ... whereas 'we' (the people) democratically VOTE IN the 'representatives' for 'the' republic.
The left is pushing the same ole same ole, 'rules for radicals' and ignores the reality that ONE DAY they *might* not be sucking off the proverbial tit of their parents OR 'the government' ... nearly all that are IN POWER & 'pushing' the leftist agenda are TAX PAYER FUNDED government supported or even government employee's (often the house of representatives, universities, colleges, and certain key agencies).
The parasites on the left tend to take care of their own, as they consume their victims (a 'free society' - freedom of speech - increasing the national debt, push against the protection of self & property - accountability for ACTIONS that actually harm others; often as they are also 'for defunding the police' - which only a lunatic would suggest, much less voice). But when the left does turn on each other, they do so with the FULL FORCE of fire & brimstone of 'the cancel culture,' and penal system, when possible: jeffery epstein, bill cosby, harvey weinstein, kris wu, even OJ simpon, etc. I'm *NOT* saying 'those people' ARE GOOD, or WERE right, only that 'the left' PROTECTED THEM for MANY YEARS, ignored their bad behavior, the wrong sexual actions, until they couldn't any more. THEN, and only then, did the left stop ignoring, or making excuses for those people.
Even the 'reactions' to things that *finally,* but still selectively, trashed the careers of people like Charlie Sheen, Janet Jackson, Corey Feldman, Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson, courtney love, Richard Gere, Timothy Hutton, rose mcGowan, Kanye West, will smith, adam levine, Olivia Wilde, Cristiano Ronaldo, nick carter, amber heard, Johnny Depp, ... over things that other's have done. Then there are all the 'caught on camera' domestic abuse issues, DUI's, kneeling for the National Anthem, and assorted other issues of 'athletes' & 'celebrities' that had been selectively 'over looked' - based on their ABILITIES (or who they know)!
Seems ever so often 'the wolves' sacrifice one of their own to 'appear' they are 'fair & balanced' (though it is often all selective smoke & mirrors). Heck fire, even hunter biden, though he was sleeping with his brother's wife, wasted in photos & videos on assorted drugs, and money spent on assorted prostitutes... and all those 'money for contact favors' from FOREIGN ENTIES... yet the left still hasn't thrown him under the proverbial bus yet. Wild, really, if you consider the absolute hypocrisy, hyperbole, and clear double standards.
Don't be a lemming - blindly following, a wild pig - ignorantly getting corralled, a sheep - believing it's just a shearing of the wool, or a chicken obliviously awaiting slaughter when the egg production isn't high enough (or you're the wrong gender). BE AWARE, be responsible for YOURSELF & your property, dedicated to your goals and family, and THINK CRITICALLY... because the reality is, FEW THINGS IN LIFE ARE ACTUALLY "FREE" or without expectation.