I was disturbed by a news report several months ago that stated one out of every two individuals in the United States is fed by the other one. This means that in the grocery line before I get to the checkout I pick up the bill of either the person in front of me or the one behind. Since I live in Tennessee where I am told actually much more than half of the individuals within this state are either employed by the government or on welfare, so it is more likely that I pay for the one in front and the one behind. The vast majority of whom look to be more able bodied than I cruising in at 63.

Our free enterprise system vastly stimulated by our Constitution, which limited the government’s power over us so enterprise could blossom, made it possible to eradicated poverty from this nation for anyone who really wanted to work. I know what it is like to be poor, about not having enough, I experienced more than I wished; I remember lunch was ketchup and hot water with peanut butter as an added treat.

I watched those who had some measure of wealth (I knew no one wealthy till later in my life) and I learned early through my parents that education and industry could save anyone who wished to use them. Others took the course that led to dependency. Every person in America has the same choice. It has always been so.

So read and enjoy:

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it

On my back porch and filled it

With seed. What a beauty of
A bird feeder it was, as I filled it

Lovingly with seed.

Within a week we had hundreds of birds
Taking advantage of the
Continuous flow of free and
Easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building

Nests in the boards of the patio,

Above the table, and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was

Everywhere: on the patio tile,
The chairs, the table.

Then some of the birds

Turned mean. They would
Dive bomb me and try to
Peck me even though I had
Fed them out of my own pocket.

And others birds were

Boisterous and loud. They
Sat on the feeder and
Squawked and screamed at
All hours of the day and night
And demanded that I fill it
When it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn’t even

Sit on my own back porch
Anymore. So I took down the
Bird feeder and in three days
The birds were gone. I cleaned
Up their mess and took down
The many nests they had built
All over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like

It used to be… Quiet, serene…
And no one demanding
Rights to a free meal.

Now let’s see…
Our government gives out
Free food, subsidized housing,
Free medical care, and free
Education, and allows anyone
Born here to be an automatic

Then the illegals came by the

Tens of thousands. Suddenly
Our taxes went up to pay for
Free services; small apartments
Are housing five families; you
Have to wait six hours to be seen
By an emergency room doctor;
Your child’s second grade class is
Behind other schools because
Over half the class doesn’t speak

Corn Flakes now come in a

Bilingual box; I have to
‘press one’ to hear my bank or
Talk to me in English, and
People waving flags other
Than ours are
Squawking and screaming
In the streets, demanding
More rights and free liberties.

Just my opinion, but maybe
it’s time for the government
To take down the bird feeder.

If you agree, pass it on; if not,
Just continue cleaning up the poop!

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