How Americans are Losing Their Freedoms

Thoughts on a Free Market Economy…
“How Americans are Losing Their Freedoms”
By Phyllis Hunsinger
July 4, 2016

Consider the following Parable: There was a young man who asked his professor, “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?” The professor, thinking it was a joke, asked for the punch line, but the young man assured him it was no joke.

The young man said, “You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.”

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”

Now consider the trend in America: The government legislates more “free” programs every time Congress is in session: i.e.- tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, welfare entitlements, environmental subsidies, agricultural payments for not planting crops, bailouts for companies deemed too big to fail, below market fees for livestock grazing on public lands, land and air transportation subsidies, and the list goes on. Every “free” program comes with rules and regulations limiting freedom.

Whenever the government dispenses the money in these “free” programs, rules are set in place in order to qualify or to remain a beneficiary; these rules always limit personal freedom. In 2010 when the federal government took over the administration of health care in the United States, many individuals lost the freedom to select a physician of their choice or an insurance plan of their choice.

Not unlike the wild pigs that keep accepting the free corn and find themselves caught in a pen, the American people are gradually losing individual freedoms one “free” government program at a time. The sides of the self-imposed, liberty-limiting pen are being installed.

Do you suppose the American people will awaken before the last section of this fence is installed and all personal liberties have been lost?, Phyllis Hunsinger © 2013 All Rights Reserved

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