"Now is the winter of our discontent," said Richard III, according to William Shakespeare. In 1961 American author John Steinbeck even wrote a book titled "The Winter of Our Discontent." I suspect discontent has been around about as long as mankind has existed.
Like Aesop's Fables, many stories have a moral, a lesson if you will, on how to improve our lives by our own actions. I believe most of my readers will recall the old story of "The Ant and the Grasshopper," where the ant toils all summer to prepare for the winter while the grasshopper laughs and fritters the season away. When winter arrives, the ant is well (self) provided for and the lazy grasshopper dies out in the cold.
I recently came across a new version of this old story, author unknown, which displays a more accurate depiction of life in America as we have come to know it. It goes something like this:
The ant works hard all summer, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter while the grasshopper laughs at the ant, calls him a fool and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well-fed while he is cold and starving.
All the major lame-stream media show up and provide live footage of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on all the talk shows and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green.'
"Occupy the Anthill" stages demonstrations and the news stations film the SEIU singing, 'We Shall Overcome.'
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright asks us to pray for the grasshopper while he damns the ants. President Obama condemns the ant and blames Presidents Bush 43, 41, Reagan, Christopher Columbus and a rogue video on "youtube," for the grasshopper's plight.
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid go on Face the Nation and demand an increase in ant taxes because the ant got rich off the grasshopper's back.
President Obama proclaims a new executive order The Economic Equity Act, and makes it retroactive to the past summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government's Green Czar who helps the grasshopper move in.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant's food as the ant's house begin to crumble without any maintenance. The ant disappears in the snow never to be seen again.
Soon after, the grasshopper is found dead in a drug-related incident, the abandoned house is taken over by a gang of cockroaches who terrorize the once prosperous and peaceful neighborhood, and the deadly disease of dependency spreads to destroy the entire nation.
Moral of the story: Learn what American freedom and liberty actually means, as opposed to European democracy, and be very careful with your vote.
I wish you all a new year blessed with prosperity through perspiration, good health through healthful living, liberty and freedom through abolishment of punitive government regulations and socialistic laws, and the rich blessings of our Creator.