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Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Analogy


For the Record: I never watched Fox News until well after the Tea Parties and to date I have never listened to a complete Rush Limbaugh radio broadcast. Not one. My political views have come from reading and studying the Constitution and from viewing life.

The story of the Little Red Hen (by Sara Cone Bryant) is useful to review today since it's Labor Day in the United States.

Let's discuss labor:

One day as the Little Red Hen was scratching in a field, she found a grain of wheat.

"This wheat should be planted," she said. "Who will plant this grain of wheat?"

"Not I," said the Duck.

"Not I," said the Cat.

"Not I," said the Dog.

"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

Soon the wheat grew to be tall and yellow.

"The wheat is ripe," said the Little Red Hen. "Who will cut the wheat?"

"Not I," said the Duck.

"Not I," said the Cat.

"Not I," said the Dog.

"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

When the wheat was cut, the Little Red Hen said, "Who will thresh the wheat?"

"Not I," said the Duck.

"Not I," said the Cat.

"Not I," said the Dog.

"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

When the wheat was threshed, the Little Red Hen said, "Who will take this wheat to the mill?"

"Not I," said the Duck.

"Not I," said the Cat.

"Not I," said the Dog.

"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

She took the wheat to the mill and had it ground into flour. Then she said, "Who will make this flour into bread?"

"Not I," said the Duck.

"Not I," said the Cat.

"Not I," said the Dog.

"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

She made and baked the bread. Then she said, "Who will eat this bread?"

"Oh! I will," said the Duck.

"And I will," said the Cat.

"And I will," said the Dog.

"No, No!" said the Little Red Hen. "I will do that." And she did.


The story is illustrative of the difference between conservative and liberal thought in America today. The Little Red Hen did the work, and when the work was done, the "eaters of other men's bread" would have shared it among themselves. Liberals in the modern context represent the Duck, the Cat and the Dog.

Not willing to do any of the work, they would share the whole of it. That being the case, I would ask liberal readers of this blog, "what is the Little Red Hen's motivation for doing any of the work?" This malaise of socialism was underscored by the differences in wheat yields per acre between the US and the old Soviet Union.

Today in Orwellian fashion, the liberals would deprive the hen of the choice of what to plant, when and how to plant it, the means of raising it and in the end, would take it through taxation. Maybe they'd also kill, clean and eat the hen so there was a nice meal today but nobody to do the work tomorrow. There would be plenty of shouters, marchers and entitlement recipients, but no more wheat to feed them.

It worked in New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Large crowds of people sat around, displaced, and the common statement was, "who will take care of us now?" They could have been working to fix the situation, they could have been walking away from the disaster, but all they did was sit in the shade, perplexed, waiting for a hand-out. There is an insidious by-product to creating a dependent class of people who vote for you.

And before you brand me as heartless, I have no problem with a small portion of the wealth that I (and others) create going for taxes. I believe there should be a safety net for the poorest Americans and for the elderly and disabled. However the end result of eating all of the bread made by the Little Red Hens is that one day there will not be any Little Red Hens. What do you do then, President Obama?