How to Catch Wild Pigs

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: “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 and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food.” He continued, “When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming to eat corn. 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.”

The story began to intrigue the professor. The young student continued his story: “You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.”

By now, everyone in the chemistry class was listening intently. “Suddenly, the wild pigs realize they have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught, sooooo, they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to the free corn that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity because in captivity they have free corn.”

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America. The government keeps pushing Americans toward Communism/Socialism, and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs, such as supplemental income, tax credits for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, free medicine, drugs, etc. All these freebies keep coming while Americans continually lose more and more freedoms. But because those freedoms are taken from us only gradually, their loss is seldom even noticed.

One should always remember two truths:

  1. There is no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself;
  2. 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 others who are important to you.

God help us all when the gate slams shut!

“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.”


2 thoughts on “How to Catch Wild Pigs

  1. William G Ball Reply

    Great story much to think about with what we are facing

  2. John Stockhausen Reply

    Good stuff Dan

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