The ant and the grasshopper, and my thoughts on the US election

I don’t know how I feel about Obama winning the US election. I don’t know if I would have voted for him, probably because I like to read policy and make an informed decision. It seems that most people voted for him because of the race thing, rather than for what he has to offer.

I saw some stats on a site, dunno how relevant they are:

  • 55% “European Americans” voted McCain
  • 95% “African Americans” voted Obama
  • 66% “Hispanic” Voted Obama

What does that mean? Is that even relevant for what I’m talking about? Who voted on race, who voted on policies?

Nevertheless, I am proud of America. For once you had a nice clean election, with a clear-cut winner. I hope to God that Obama doesn’t get assissinated by someone from a southern state any time soon, I know there are a lot of paranoid rednecks and KKK peoples etc down there who think he is Islamic… I was watching them on 60 Minutes and 20/20.

I just feel sorry for the USA too, and Australia, who are now moving into the “red movement”. Thank God you have a constitution, because we don’t and we were not protected from it.

Good luck to New Zealand,we vote this Saturday!

So the ant and the grasshopper? It’s making it’s way around NZ email systems at the moment. It’s rather relevant to what is happening in New Zealand.

The Ant and The Grasshopper

There is an “Old Version” and a “Modern Version”. Two Different Versions! Two Different Morals!

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 the ant is 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:
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 the ant is 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.

TV1, TV3 and Maori TV 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. New Zealand 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 Good Morning with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green.’

Sue Bradford stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, ‘We shall overcome.’
Gordon Copeland then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake.

Michael Cullen exclaims in an interview with John Campbell 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 as the ant is too much of a “Rich Prick.”

Finally, the Labour Party drafts the Economic Equity & 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, his home is confiscated by the government.

Winston gets his old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of judges that Helen 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 neighbourhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
Be VERY careful how you vote in 2008!!

3 thoughts on “The ant and the grasshopper, and my thoughts on the US election

  1. It’s an oldie but a goodie, I am sure I saw that one in the last election too. Still, we didn’t learn our lesson. Maybe if we had a constitution we wouldn’t have the same dodgy Prime Minister for 9 YEARS.

  2. “Be VERY careful how you vote in 2008!!”
    Umm, Michelle… They didn’t listen. :( PEROT/STOCKDALE in 2012!!!!

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