Monday, November 7, 2011

More Pigs at the Trough: “The Price of Free Corn”, by Steve Washam

So tell me, are you able to understand the similarity between the story I’ve posted below and the Occupier’s around the World?

YiT,  Shelly

By Steve Washam, based on a telling by George Gordon

In a realistic style, this story illustrates what the U.S. government and the UN are doing to the people of America and the  world. When thinking of Constitutional violations by our  politicians, think of this parable.

Some years ago, about 1900, an old trapper from North Dakota hitched up some horses to his Studebaker wagon, packed a few  possessions, especially his traps -- and drove south.

Several weeks later he stopped in a small town just north of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. It was a Saturday morning -- a lazy day -- when he walked into the general store. Sitting around the pot-bellied stove were seven or eight of the town's local citizens.

The traveler spoke, "Gentlemen, could you direct me to the Okefenokee Swamp?"

Some of the old-timers looked at him like he was crazy. "You must be a stranger in these parts," they said.

"I am. I'm from North Dakota," said the stranger.

"In the Okefenokee Swamp are thousands of wild hogs," one old man explained. "A man who goes into the swamp by himself asks to die!"

He lifted up his leg. "I lost half my leg here, to the pigs of the swamp."

Another old fellow said, "Look at the cuts on me; look at my arm bit off!"

"Those pigs have been free since the Revolution, eating snakes and rooting out roots and fending for themselves for over a hundred years. They're wild and they're dangerous. You can't trap them. No  man dare go into the swamp by himself."

Every man nodded his head in agreement.

The old trapper said, "Thank you so much for the warning. Now  could you direct me to the swamp?"

They said, "Well, yeah, it's due south -- straight down the road." But they begged the stranger not to go, because they knew he'd  meet a terrible fate.

He said, "Sell me ten sacks of corn, and help me load them into  the wagon."

And they did.

Then the old trapper bid them farewell and drove on down the road. The townsfolk thought they'd never see him again. Two weeks later  the man came back. He pulled up to the general store, got down off  the wagon, walked in and bought ten more sacks of corn. After  loading it up he went back down the road toward the swamp.

Two weeks later he returned and, again, bought ten sacks of corn. This went on for a month. And then two months, and three. Every  week or two the old trapper would come into town on a Saturday  morning, load up ten sacks of corn and drive off south into the  swamp.

The stranger soon became a legend in the little village and the subject of much speculation. People wondered what kind of devil  had possessed this man, that he could go into the Okefenokee by  himself and not be consumed by the wild and free hogs.

One morning the man came into town as usual. Everyone thought he wanted more corn. He got off the wagon and went into the store  where the usual group of men were gathered around the stove. He  took off his gloves.

"Gentlemen," he said, "I need to hire about ten or fifteen wagons. I need twenty or thirty men. I have six thousand hogs out in the swamp, penned up, and they're all hungry. I've got to get them to  market right away."

"You've WHAT in the swamp?" asked the storekeeper,  incredulously.

"I have six thousand hogs penned up. They haven't eaten for two or three days, and they'll starve if I don't get back there to feed and take care of them."

One of the old-timers said, "You mean you've captured the wild  hogs of the Okefenokee?"

"That's right."

"How did you do that? What did you do?" the men urged, breathlessly.

One of them exclaimed, "But I lost my arm!"

"I lost my brother!" cried another.

"I lost my leg to those wild boars!" chimed a third.

The trapper said, "Well, the first week I went in there they were wild all right. They hid in the undergrowth and wouldn't come out.  I dared not get off the wagon. So I spread corn along behind the  wagon. Every day I'd spread a sack of corn.

"The old pigs would have nothing to do with it. But the younger pigs decided that it was easier to eat free corn than it was to  root out roots and catch snakes. So the very young began to eat  the corn first.

"I did this every day. Pretty soon, even the old pigs decided that it was easier to eat free corn, after all, they were all free;  they were not penned up. They could run off in any direction they  wanted at any time.

"The next thing was to get them used to eating in the same place all the time. So, I selected a clearing, and I started putting the  corn in the clearing.

"At first they wouldn't come to the clearing. It was too far. It was too open. It was a nuisance to them.

"But the very young decided that it was easier to take the corn in the clearing than it was to root out roots and catch their own  snakes. And not long thereafter, the older pigs also decided that  it was easier to come to the clearing every day.

"And so the pigs learned to come to the clearing every day to get their free corn. They could still subsidize their diet with roots  and snakes and whatever else they wanted. After all, they were all  free. They could run in any direction at any time. There were no  bounds upon them.

"The next step was to get them used to fence posts. So I put fence posts all the way around the clearing. I put them in the  underbrush so that they wouldn't get suspicious or upset, after  all, they were just sticks sticking up out of the ground, like the  trees and the brush. The corn was there every day. It was easy to  walk in between the posts, get the corn, and walk back out.

"This went on for a week or two. Shortly they became very used to walking into the clearing, getting the free corn, and walking back out through the fence posts.

"The next step was to put one rail down at the bottom. I also left a few openings, so that the older, fatter pigs could walk through the openings and the younger pigs could easily jump over just one  rail, after all, it was no real threat to their freedom or  independence they could always jump over the rail and flee in  any direction at any time.

"Now I decided that I wouldn't feed them every day. I began to  feed them every other day. On the days I didn't feed them, the  pigs still gathered in the clearing. They squealed, and they  grunted, and they begged and pleaded with me to feed them -- but I  only fed them every other day. Then I put a second rail around the  posts.”

"Now the pigs became more and more desperate for food. Because now they were no longer used to going out and digging their own roots  and finding their own food, they now needed me. They needed my  corn every other day.

"So I trained them that I would feed them every day if they came  in through a gate and I put up a third rail around the fence. But it was still no great threat to their freedom, because there were several gates and they could run in and out at will. Finally I put up the fourth rail. Then I closed all the gates but one, and I fed them very, very well."

"Yesterday I closed the last gate and today I need you to help me take these pigs to market."

The price of free corn.

The parable of the pigs has a serious moral lesson. This story is about federal money being used to bait, trap and enslave a once  free and independent people.

Federal welfare, in its myriad forms, has reduced not only individuals to a state of dependency; state and local governments  are also on the fast track to elimination, due to their functions  being subverted by the command and control structures of federal  "revenue sharing" programs.

Please copy this parable and send it to all of your state and  local elected leaders and other concerned citizens. Tell them" Just  say NO to federal corn."

The bacon you save, may be your own.

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