Wisdom from a former Communist Fighter

@gewcew23 (8012)
United States
September 20, 2007 4:54am CST
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 (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. 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, 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!" Also, "You can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself. Also, if you see that all of this wonderful government "help" is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America. If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, God help you when the gate slams shut! Wake up America!
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• United States
20 Sep 07
Your right but why do you have hillary in the photo you sound more republican.
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
20 Sep 07
That isn't my picture. That is the one that mylot has for the politics section on here. If I had added a photo it would have been on the left side right under the discussion.
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@Netsbridge (3243)
• United States
29 Sep 07
(Laughs) That is a mighty neat story! By the way, there was never any freedom given! One only had freedom provided one neither question nor say anything that matters; else, agents of the US government would be on one's trail like bloodhounds!
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
28 Sep 07
This is an excellent depiction of what is happening in America. This has been gong on for quite some time, ever since Social Security was first introduced, and then the Great Society under LBJ. The more freebies that the government hands out, the more freebies the people demand. Now we are being offered socialized health care with the promise of free medical for everyone. Too many people fail to see the trap in this. Your post is right on the mark and there has already been a lot of damage to our individual freedoms.
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@agfarm (930)
• United States
27 Sep 07
I couldn't have said it better, but One would have to Concede.... That this specific administration has Implemented the Most government In Recent history since it took office . I mean think about it. Do you ever recall so much animosity, as is currently experienced? I sort of liked george's Dad, but this mr. bush appears to have a distinct agenda to divide and conquer this Great Nation. By the way ( Being a Farmer and all ) I have good experience, with Livestock ( including Pigs ) I would never tangle w/ a feral pig; however, if you have ever observed Domestic - pigs and their behavior, you would discover that they are relentless in their quest for Freedom and mere fences will not contain them. They will turn a Fence up in no-time, and unless you have an arrestor w/some serious joules on it, they will be Free. Long live the piggy!
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
21 Sep 07
I agree, we are on the road to socialism where the government does everything for us as we have become far too dependent on them to give us all these "free" benefits. Both parties are to blame, but in the end it will be us that will be solely responsible for our fate. We will have elected the communists clocked as leaders of democracy. The best way to tear apart a country is from the inside out, and so far our government is cooperating magnificently, sad to say.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
20 Sep 07
The picture is pretty apropriate though. You can be sure that Hillary is a pro when it comes to pig catching and fence building. And she'll be right there after the election to pass out the corn by the bushel. So do yourselves a favor everyone, grow your own corn or buy it at the store. DONT EAT THE BROWN CORN!
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• United States
28 Sep 07
A free ride sounds good to me. :) Right now I feel like a wage slave. Seriously, I like the idea of a system in which you don't have to work and can live on welfare for the basic necessities of survival. You would then choose to work for anything beyond that. Most people would choose to work, I think, but more on their own terms. Call it socialism, or whatever. But unbridled capitalism is not sustainable or sane, and has to be reined in by regulations, environment protection and elements of socialism.
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
28 Sep 07
So what you are proposing is that people that do work pay for people that do not work. You say that unbridled capitalism is not sustainable or sane but your proposal is nethier sustainable nor sane. All governmental money come from the taxpayers, so how sane is it to say that worker should pay for people not to work. Capitalism does not need regulations of any sort. Let me ask you a question do you really need someone else to take care of you. The last time I needed someone to take care of me was when I was still living with mommy and daddy. Then I grew up and learn how to live with out someone holding my hand. Do you need someone to tuck you in at night, or someone to walk you across the street.
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• United States
28 Sep 07
I don't need it right now, but some day I might, as do a lot of people. It's a safety net. Anyway, I think the story could be applied to the current administration, given that they are encroaching on civil liberties and eroding freedom, while expecting that if we're mostly prosperous and patriotic we won't notice or won't care. Communism tends to be due to revolution, in response to capitalism exploiting the workers and creating a big gap between the richest and poorest. So, social programs tend to guard against communism. There have been many working social democratic governments, and I don't believe any have become communist. And we already have hard fought for social policies, be it minimum wage, work place acts, unions, new deal. These have naturally come from this being a democratic country.
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Let me point out the flaw in your logic. You want a government safety net but you want the government to leave your civil liberties alone. That just does not work. If you depend upon the government, the government will tell you how to live. Example Hillary care, the government will make everyone have health insurance, but what if I do not want health insurance does that not infringe on my civil liberties. What if I do not want to pay the tax increases it would take to fund what you have proposed. I will tell you what will happen the government will take what they want. See you have not problem infringe on my liberties, as long as you liberties are not touched.
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• United States
14 Jun 08
I just saw this, but it is absolutely excellent. Great post!
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@lucgeta (925)
• France
23 Jan 08
Kind of good story you have to agree with because it's so simple. Truth and reality is much more complicated. Allow me to say that I've been out of work for a few months, the reason was company lay-offs so they could cut cost by 20% in the next couple of years. I'm qualified worker with college degree and several years of experience in the industry. It's not easy or nearly impossible to find a job outside my expertise - too qualified, the salary reduction goes against our company policy, no previous experience in our area and things like that. I did have my savings - not married, no kids, parents and brothers working, no college loan - so I did not need any Unemployment, which I paid every month while working. But many people can't go on without it. Many people is being left out of this growth cycle and pleases me to know that the Government is actively doing something for these people. Hope no one ever needs it, case do I contribute.