We Shall Overcome

The Ant and the Grasshopper....Two Versions!


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 he's 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 FOR OLD VERSION: Be responsible for yourself.

MODERN 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 he's 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 others are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, 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. Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, - "We shall overcome". Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

Tom Daschle & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Peter Jennings 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 and 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 has his home confiscated by the government.

Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients. The ant loses the case.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow. 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 once peaceful neighborhood.


MORAL OF THE STORY NEW VERSION:

VOTE REPUBLICAN


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The Ant and the Grasshopper
Three Versions!

You probably know a version of the story somewhat like this:

Now, a little background. Don Gifford, in his book The Farther Shore, discusses the old fable of the Grasshopper and the Ant:

Now here's a new version, written by libertarians as a parody. See the difference:

Now here's Al Date's critique of this parody.

So we now arrive at our favorite version of the fable. It takes into account the points so rightly made by Al Date in his criticism of the libertarian parody version.


But that's not how the story eventually ends...

As winter sets in, the ant rallies his relatives and friends, sharing information on the FreeAnt InterNet. Some of the more clever grasshoppers listen in, laughing and scorning the ants for their weird language and incorrect beliefs. But the ants prevail, slowly passing the information along via their network. One day, the ants show up in force, demanding the system be restored to it's old glory.

The grasshoppers, bigger and fatter than the ants because of their indulgence, are slow to pick up on the ever-increasing advance of the ant army. They are small, they are week, thinks the grasshopper. Then, it happens. No longer can the ant tolerate the arrogance and impudence of the grasshopper. The battle is joined. Later, as the grasshoppers lay wounded and dying, one of them raises up on his one remaining leg and, with his dying breath, cries: What was that?

A tired, but victorious ant, in a soft voice, intones:

That, my friend, was tough love.


Question: What does "provide for the common Defence and general Welfare" mean?  The dictionary defines 'general' as "Relating to, concerned with, or applicable to the whole, or every member of a class or category: a program to improve the general welfare."

Note the Constitution says "provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States" and does not say "of the citizens of the United States" or the 'people', or a 'class', or a 'category' implying, like defense, it is for the country of the United States.

Where does the Constitution provide for welfare to individuals?

Can you show me the Constitutional basis?

What is the impact, and fairness, of welfare?  Is welfare just another name for socialism?  Socialism failed after two generations as the Workers got tired of having their production confiscated and redistributed to the grasshoppers and bureaucrats. They stopped working.

Now everyone is hungry, equally hungry. But that is fair.


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WE SHALL OVERCOME
   ------Peter, Paul & Mary

We shall overcome, we shall overcome,
We shall overcome some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe we shall overcome some day

We shall all be free, we shall all be free,
We shall all be free some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe we shall overcome some day

We shall live in peace, we shall live in peace,
We shall live in peace some day
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe we shall overcome some day

We Shall Overcome

Lyrics derived from Charles Tindley's gospel song "I'll Overcome Some Day" (1900), and opening and closing melody from the 19th-century spiritual "No More Auction Block for Me" (a song that dates to before the Civil War). According to Professor Donnell King of Pellissippi State Technical Community College (in Knoxville, Tenn.), "We Shall Overcome" was adapted from these gospel songs by "Guy Carawan, Candy Carawan, and a couple of other people associated with the Highlander Research and Education Center, currently located near Knoxville, Tennessee. I have in my possession copies of the lyrics that include a brief history of the song, and a notation that royalties from the song go to support the Highlander Center."

1.

We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome some day

CHORUS:

Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome some day

2.

We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand some day
CHORUS

3.

We shall all be free
We shall all be free
We shall all be free some day
CHORUS

4.

We are not afraid
We are not afraid
We are not afraid some day
CHORUS

5.

We are not alone
We are not alone
We are not alone some day
CHORUS

6.

The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around some day
CHORUS

7.

We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome some day
CHORUS