Sunday, January 13, 2013

When Dusty The Dog Was Shot: A Parable About Government In America


By Mark Hendrickson at forbes.com


...To Uncle Elmer, Dusty wasn’t a pet. He had a job to do, namely, earn his keep by guarding the sheep that Elmer raised as part of his livelihood. Canine instincts took over, and Dusty took a bite out of one of the sheep. Elmer put the wounded herbivore out of its misery; then he turned the gun on Dusty.



While the memory still aches emotionally, I understand intellectually why Dusty had to be removed from the farm. A farmer keeps a sheepdog to watch over the sheep. Once it attacks, rather than protects, the sheep entrusted to its care, it is corrupted. A sheepdog that has tasted sheep blood wants more, and such a dog becomes a menace instead of an ally to a sheep farmer...


Uncle Sam today is like a sheepdog that has gone bad. Like democratic governments throughout history, it has tasted the blood of its citizens’ wealth and now manifests an insatiable, voracious appetite for more. Just as a sheepdog that has tasted sheep’s blood cannot be left around sheep, so Uncle Sam no longer can be entrusted to protect our property rights. Indeed, the federal government has made a full-time activity of “devour(ing) our substance” (more phraseology from the Declaration).

If we cannot choke off this existential threat to our well-being by altering our present government, then we had better abolish it before it turns all us “sheeple” into shish-kebab and our society descends into the political equivalent of what Milton called “chaos and old night.”

Read it all here ...