The New Ant and the Grasshopper

The “Ant and the Grasshopper” is one of Aesop’s Fables that teaches a moral lesson about hard work and foresight. The story has been told countless times. It’s recently been updated to fit more modern times. The following was sent to me in an email. The update version is based on the one radio host and writer Jim Rose did during the Clinton era and Michelle Malkin during the passage of the ‘Mother of all Bailouts.’

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 OLD 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 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 and Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with PBS that the ant has clearly gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper.

Both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

As expected, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity For Grasshoppers Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is severely 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 and provided to the grasshopper.

The story winds down as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading  friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s  food while the government-provided house they now occupy crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t  bother to  maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, understanding that only the strong (politically correct) survive.

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 and ramshackle the once prosperous and peaceful neighborhood.

Thousands of similar stories play out across the entire Nation as it collapses bringing the rest of the free world down with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY

THINK and be careful when you vote in 2012. I’ve sent this to you because I believe that you are an ant! You may wish to pass this on to other ants, but don’t bother sending it on to any grasshoppers because they wouldn’t understand it, anyway.