One afternoon a liberal congressman – well known for supporting expensive budget busting government programs to “help” the poor – was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass. Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop so he could investigate.
He rolled down his window and motioned to one of the men to come over. From the comfort of his richly-leathered seat, he asked, “Why are you eating grass?”
“We don’t have any money for food,” the poor man replied. “We have to eat grass.”
“Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I’ll feed you,” the politician said.
“But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree.”
“Bring them along,” the politician replied.
Calling to the other poor man he stated, “You come with us, also.”
The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, “But sir, I also have a wife and SIX children with me!”
“Bring them all, as well,” the politician answered.
They all entered the limousine, which was no easy task, even though it was very large. Once underway, one of the poor fellows turned to the politician and said, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.”
The politician replied, “Glad to do it. You’ll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high.”
Moral: Be wary of politicians who peddle compassion, but only when it means spending other people’s money.
I laughed so hard after reading this post. Thanks for lightening my heart today.
This post is reaching out with humor about suffering, and that can be helpful in touching some hearts, I suppose. I must also say, that this is only funny to those who have never starved, and to those who have never been without a roof over their heads, and to those who have never been so weak for lack of food that their entire body trembled in agony. This is only funny to those who have not the experience of being homeless and starving, living everyday with the constant echoes of hunger and heartache.That’s what came to me in this post. Picture yourself as such a person who has actually lived this, and then read this post in that light, maybe not so funny now.
Kat, I really was not trying to touch anyone’s “heart”. Rather, I was attempting to touch folks’ reason using satire. There are times to appeal to the heart, and times to appeal to reason, and hopefully we are integrated and whole in both. Otherwise, we tend to filter everything through one or the other. We need to give each their proper place.
Once we’ve lost the ability to address government problems through satire, then we are left with far less attractive options. And yes, I’ve been poor, destitute, abandoned and without hope – where God taking me home would have been, at the time, a great mercy. But even then, I never was willing to give government the power to “solve” all my problems (even assuming that was possible), because with that comes the power to also enslave me as a dependent of the state. I appreciate your concerns (I mean that sincerely, and not as a put off), but I am content with the post given its scope and purpose.
Sorry bro, I didn’t see the political issue. I wasn’t speaking politics, and therein lies my comment. My error. 🙂