Free Corn, or “Where is John Galt?”

Saw this story on a blog.  True or not, the sentiment is genuine, so I thought I would pass it along.

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 Prof 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 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!

Think what you want about our economic mess, but when individuals, We The People, abdicate our personal responsibility to earn a living “by the sweat of [our] brow” in favor of having the government provide for us, the system cannot long survive.

Instead of asking “Who is John Galt?”, I find myself asking “Where is John Galt?”  Where is the man or woman who will stand up against this tide of complacency and, dare I say it, fascism?  One who will call a spade a spade, who will stand on principles regardless of how unpopular that makes them?  One who will extol the principles and virtues that made this country the greatest on Earth instead of castigating those same principles in favor of world opinion?

I pray for this country every night, but with each news headline I read, I feel my faith that this country can turn itself around slipping away.  “Where is John Galt?”

Published in: on January 21, 2009 at 12:25 am  Comments (6)  
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Just Added – Critical News of the Day Page

In an effort to provide relevant content even when I don’t have time to fully analyze each article or news story, I have created a page with headlines I consider to be extremely important.  You will find the link under My Pages on the right side of my blog.  The first day’s post will be the longest (since I had a bunch I wanted to include from earlier in the week), but I really will try to keep up with it.  So even if you don’t see a new post on this page, check there in case there is a story you may have missed.

Published in: on January 9, 2009 at 11:54 pm  Comments (3)  
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Out of Town for an Astronomy Conference

Sorry I haven’t posted. I am in a hotel in Long Beach, CA for the American Astronomical Society meeting. As soon as I get back, I have grand plans to make sure I post something every day. Stay tuned til later this week.

Published in: on January 6, 2009 at 8:34 am  Comments (2)  

Suggested Reading List

I am going to post a section on the right column of my blog for a suggested reading list. Check out the books there as I think they shed a lot of light on where our country came from, where it is now, and where it is headed.

Published in: on January 1, 2009 at 4:03 pm  Comments (1)