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What Are The Rules?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by longcolt, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. longcolt

    longcolt Zephyrhills, FL Active Member

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    This is indeed a great statement and story. Well worth the read.

    Subject: What are the rules?

    I was in my neighborhood restaurant this morning and was seated behind a
    group of jubilant individuals celebrating the successful passing of the
    recent health care bill. I could not finish my breakfast. This is what ensued:

    They were a diverse group of several races and both sexes. I heard the
    young man exclaim, "Isn't Obama like Jesus Christ? I mean, after all, he
    is healing the sick." The young woman enthusiastically proclaimed,
    "Yeah, and he does it for free. I cannot believe anyone would think that
    a free market would work for health care. They are all crooks and
    thieves and don't deserve all of that money." Another said, 'The stupid
    Republicans want us all to starve to death so they can inherit all of
    the power. Obama should be made a Saint for what he did for those of us
    less fortunate." At this, I had had enough.

    I arose from my seat, mustering all the restraint I could find, and
    approached their table. "Please excuse me; may I impose upon you for one
    moment?" They smiled and welcomed me to the conversation. I stood at the
    end of their table, smiled as best I could and began an experiment.

    "I would like to give one of you my house. It will cost you no money and
    I will pay all of the expenses and taxes for as long as you live there.
    Anyone interested?" They looked at each other in astonishment. "Why
    would you do something like that?" asked a young man, "There isn't
    anything for free in this world." They began to laugh at me, as they did
    not realize this man had just made my point. "I am serious, I will give
    you my house for free, no money what so ever. Anyone interested?" In
    unison, a resounding "**** Yeah" fills the room.

    "Since there are too many of you, I will have to make a choice as to who
    receives this money free bargain." I noticed an elderly couple was
    paying attention to the spectacle unfolding before their eyes, the old
    man shaking his head in apparent disgust. "I tell you what; I will give
    it to the one of you most willing to obey my rules." Again, they looked
    at one another, an expression of bewilderment on their faces. The perky
    young woman asked, "What are the rules?" I smiled and said, "I don't
    know. I have not yet defined them. However, it is a free home that I
    offer you." They giggled amongst themselves, the youngest of which said,
    "What an old coot. He must be crazy to give away his home. Go take your
    meds, old man." I smiled and leaned into the table a bit further. "I am
    serious, this is a legitimate offer." They gaped at me for a moment.

    "****, I'll take it you old fool. Where are the keys?" boasted the
    youngest among them. "Then I presume you accept ALL of my terms then?" I
    asked. The elderly couple seemed amused and entertained as they watched
    from the privacy of their table. "Oh **** yeah! Where do I sign up?" I
    took a napkin and wrote, "I give this man my home, without the burden of
    financial obligation, so long as he accepts and abides by the terms that
    I shall set forth upon consummation of this transaction." I signed it
    and handed it to the young man who eagerly scratched out his signature.
    "Where are the keys to my new house?" he asked in a mocking tone of
    voice. All eyes were upon us as I stepped back from the table, pulling
    the keys from pocket and dangling them before the excited new

    "Now that we have entered into this binding contract, witnessed by all
    of your friends, I have decided upon the conditions you are obligated to
    adhere from this point forward. You may only live in the house for one
    hour a day. You will not use anything inside of the home. You will obey
    me without question or resistance. I expect complete loyalty and
    admiration for this gift I bestow upon you. You will accept my commands
    and wishes with enthusiasm, no matter the nature. Your morals and
    principles shall be as mine. You will vote as I do, think as I do and do
    it with blind faith. These are my terms. Here are your keys." I reached
    the keys forward and the young man looked at me dumb founded.

    "Are you out of your freaking mind? Who would ever agree to those
    ridiculous terms?" the young man appeared irritated. "You did when you
    signed this contract before reading it, understanding it and with the
    full knowledge that I would provide my conditions only after you
    committed to the agreement." was all I said. The elderly man chuckled as
    his wife tried to restrain him. I was looking at a now silenced and
    bewildered group of people. "You can shove that stupid deal up you're
    a** old man, I want no part of it" exclaimed the now infuriated young
    man. "You have committed to the contract, as witnessed by all of your
    friends; you cannot get out of the deal unless I agree to it. I do not
    intend to let you free now that I have you ensnared. I am the power you
    agreed to. I am the one you blindly and without thought chose to enslave
    yourself to. In short, I am your Master." At this, the table of
    celebrating individuals became a unified group against the unfairness of
    the deal.

    After a few moments of unrepeatable comments and slurs, I revealed my
    true intent. "What I did to you is what this administration and congress
    did to you with the health care legislation. I easily suckered you in
    and then revealed the real cost of the bargain. Your folly was in the
    belief that you can have something you did not earn; that you are
    entitled to that which you did not earn; that you willingly allowed
    someone else to think for you. Your failure to research, study and
    inform yourself permitted reason to escape you. You have entered into a
    trap from which you cannot flee. Your only chance of freedom is if your
    new Master gives it unto you. A freedom that is given can also be taken
    away; therefore, it is not freedom." With that, I tore up the napkin and
    placed it before the astonished young man. "This is the nature of your
    new health care legislation."

    I turned away to leave these few in thought and contemplation and was
    surprised by applause. The elderly gentleman, who was clearly
    entertained, shook my hand enthusiastically and said, "Thank you Sir,
    these kids don't understand Liberty these days." He refused to allow me
    to pay my bill as he said, "You earned this one, it is an honor to
    pickup the tab." I shook his hand in thanks, leaving the restaurant
    somewhat humbled, and sensing a glimmer of hope for my beloved country.

    Use reason, it is the closest you are going to get to Godly conduct.

  2. longcolt

    longcolt Zephyrhills, FL Active Member

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    Its still an open question about the possible restrictions on gun owners that will show up in this new health care legislation. It will be interesting to see the fine print to see if the information to be collected for insurance purposes contains the questions about firearm ownership.
  3. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    MMMMmmmmm HHHHMMMMMMMmmmmmm....
  4. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    People need leadership. Lacking that, they'll follow the nearest thing. Unfortunately, there hasn't been real, honest leadership in this country for a LONG time. We have had to settle for administration after administration and congress after congress (on both sides of the political spectrum) who have promised us the world and delivered nothing or worse (such as this health care bill). And its our own fault because we blindly keep sending the same people back to make the same lies and same mistakes.

    I figure this thread will get closed as it has very little if anything to do with guns, but every once in a while I like to rail. It was a good story to read...
  5. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Not really "Legal & Political"... but sure seems like a good lesson in Common Sense... so I'll move it to the Off-Topic section. :cool:
  6. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    You mean that Militia group that made THE USA :)
    Pretty sad state we have come to in this country now.
    Seems most have forgotten how the United States of America came to be....
  7. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Especially when you consider that militia groups are now being tracked under the "hate group" classification.
    The current admin has quoted the SPLC where militias are concerned.