The Ant and The Grasshopper

Ah, the old Aesop fable, retold and revised through the millennia. The idea is soooo not mine, as these little revised fables are viral, but I did tweak the MAL Version and clean up the grammar a bit. Viral is so sloppy.

OLD VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat, all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool, choosing to laugh, dance, and play the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

MODERN AMERICAN LIBERAL VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat, all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool, choosing to laugh, dance, and play the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference with demands to know, ‘why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving’.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his warm, comfortable home with a table, laden with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be? In a country of such wealth, this poor, yet deserving, grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah, with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green.’

ACORN & the Working Families Party stage a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, ‘We Shall Overcome’. Al Sharpton calls the ant a racist and Rev. Jeremiah Wright instructs the paid gatherers to kneel down on the astro-turf to pray for the grasshopper’s sake and then starts talking about chickens.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim, in an interview with Larry King, that the greedy ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper. “Everything is on the table” and both call for immediate tax hikes on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Grasshopper Act – retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs. Having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar.

The grasshopper is invited to the White House for a beer and a round of golf.

As the story ends, we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bit of the ant’s food, while his government housing, formerly knows as the ant’s house, crumbles around him in a state of disrepair and neglect.

The ant has disappeared in the snow (along with her tax revenue).

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident. The house, now condemned and abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders, who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2010.

One argument I’ve heard too often is……but, but, but, if you’re a Christian, you are supposed to take care of other people. Yeah, I fully understand agape love…..charity in action……love on wheels. Grasp and embrace the concept if you love the Lord Jesus Christ! But, but, but…..if you’re a Christian this should resonate in your soul as well:

Proverbs 6: 6-9
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

OR THIS:

Proverbs 31:27
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

HOW ABOUT THIS ONE:

1 Timothy 5: 8
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Welfare is for the needy, not the lazy.

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