Fw: ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

Curators' note: This is an updated version of this "Be careful how you vote" tale of 2008.


> > THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER


> >
> > This one is a little different... . Two Different Versions.....
> > .......... ..... Two Different Morals
> >
> >
> >
> > 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 and laughs and dances and
> > plays 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 VERSION
> > The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long,
> > building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
> >
> > The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances 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.
> >
> > CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN and ABC show up to provide pictures of the
> > shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable
> > home with a table filled with food.
> >
> > 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 Oprah with
> > the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy
> > Being Green.'
> >
> > ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the
> > news stations film the group singing, "We shall overcome." Then Rev.
> > Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray to God for the
> > grasshopper's sake.
> >
> > President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush, President
> > Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper's
> > plight.
> >
> > Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that
> > the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper and both call
> > for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
> >
> > Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act
> > retroactive to the beginning of the 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 Green Czar and given to the
> > grasshopper.
> >
> > The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends
> > finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government
> > house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old
> > house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn't maintain
> > it.
> >
> > The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.
> >
> > The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the
> > house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize
> > the ramshackle, once prosperous and once peaceful neighborhood.
> >
> > The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with
> > it. MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2010 & 2012.
> >
> >
> > I've sent this to you because I believe that you are an ant - not a
> > grasshopper! Make sure that you pass this on to other ants. Don't
> > bother sending it on to any grasshoppers because they wouldn't
> > understand it, anyway.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pro 6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Bebe 99 said...

I think this little story is a good illustration of how Republic's begin a story with the ending and work backwards, thereby getting everything screwed up.

Ants are not lone individuals working hard for themselves alone. They live in a hive, each dependent on the other, each specializing in one job that benefits the whole hive. Basically ants are communists! The real lesson of the ant is group effort, common goals, cooperation. jeesh!

gruaud said...

@ Bebe

I was gonna say: ants are totally socialists.

Reactionary fail, as always.

ferschitz said...

I agree re the FAIL of the ant analogy. Teh stoooped, it burns.

Plus the usual rightwing think tank talking points: if you're poor, it's ALL & ONLY your fault because you are a lazy, party-animal, drug addict, who doesn't work at all. And of course, the fantastically hardworking "grasshoppers" are being totally ripped off by these debased, grasping, lazy ants.

GAH. Speaking of Larry King, he was interviewing Deepak Chopra the other night in conjunction with the conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor. Chopra commented that vast majority of drug addicts in this country are addicted to presecription meds, and NOT to street drugs.

Generally, it is the middle class & up, who are addicted to prescrip. meds... yeah, Lush Rimjob: I'm looking at you (ugh, ick, my eyes, my eyes....).

katz said...

I remember this one going around about 10 or 12 years ago in the wee early days of email forwards. It wasn't quite as dire then; it didn't end with the death of civilization as we know it.

Anonymous said...

Simplified version: Colored people are stealing your money to party. Hate them.

Anonymous said...

Ahh- casual racism! What would right wing humor do without you?

 
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