Self-Sufficiency Series

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Want a free house?

A friend sent this to me. No, I didn't write it; it's one of those circulating internet stories. However, I thought it was excellent and worth posting here.
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I was in my neighborhood restaurant this morning and was seated behind a group of jubilant individuals celebrating the coming implementation of the 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. 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 more than 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 “Hell yeah” filled 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 hell 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, pulled the keys from pocket and dangled them before the excited new homeowner.

“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 dumbfounded.

“Are you out of your 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.” 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, and 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 to 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.” He refused to allow me to pay my bill as he said, “You earned this one, it is an honor to pick up 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.

Remember, four boxes keep us free:
The soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.

23 comments:

  1. Wish there were more like this person...in office.

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  2. Patrice, Just HAD to pass this on to others...

    Love your posts and photos! I use your beautiful snow pics as wallpaper...we rarely get that beautiful stuff down here in Central Texas!
    Vera

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  3. Thank you! You should see the snow pix I took this morning -- beautiful sunrise -- I'll post them shortly.

    - Patrice

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  4. I couldn't resist either and passed it on tp the folks at http://itsaboutliberty.com

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  5. "A freedom that is given can also be taken away; therefore, it is not freedom."

    This is why the US Constitution specifically states that our RIGHTS come from our creator, we are "endowed" with them.

    A problem occurs when the school system teaches vocabulary independent of subject matter and then avoids teaching specific subject matter to boot. I homeschool and I intentionally integrate the teaching of grammar, spelling, vocabulary and such, into my subject matter. If schools do teach the Constitution, how do they ascertain that the students know what it means if they can not define and use each and every word? How did we get to this point in our society that I have to even worry about others thinking they can legislate away my rights?

    We got there by vote buying of a populace that is ignorant and apathetic.

    sidetracksusie

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  6. Patrice,
    Knowing that you support our 2nd ammendment rights I thought that you might be interested in this. "Letter explains Sheriff Tim Mueller's stance on unconstitutional firearms regulations." Check out Linn County Sheriff Depart on Facebook.
    This was just posted on the 14th and it has already reached 36000, 12000 in just the last 16 hours or so.

    Thanks Donna from Sweet Home OR, Linn County

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  7. Well, The soap box is gone now thanks to Homeland Security laws. The Ballot Box has been for decades
    corrupted as well as the Jury box and the Cartridge is
    about to be emptied. I guess the only thing that is left is the 3%. Regards, Dusty..

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  8. Thanks Patrice, I'm passing this on !

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  9. That was priceless. Absolutely excellent!

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  10. Excellent..... You just made my day! Thank you very much.

    Richard Norton in TEXAS

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  11. Yep, I reposted as well, to my blog at www.survive-magazine.blogspot.com. Good going, sister. God bless you!

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  12. Interesting, but what about my parents who can't afford health insurance due to my mother's pre-existing illness? My self-employed father has worked hard all his life, never taken anything from the government. Yet, he would be totally wiped out with a catastrophic illness or injury. Then what?

    What about the young girl in the next town over who has cancer. Her parents don't have insurance, so she can't get the best treatment. It doesn't seem fair that because her recently unemployed parents don't have health insurance, she should die prematurely.

    But I'm sure I don't know the whole story about the healthcare plan. I've never received anything from the government except tax credits for my mortgage, tax credits for my children, good schools, good roads, freedom of religion, freedom of speech...etc...

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    1. Rebecca,
      You don't get your FREEDOMS FROM THE GOVERNMENT, BUT OUR CREATOR. How about the churches and communities take care of each other? ag

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    2. So are you saying it is an "either / or" situation? We either keep the status quo or we get Obamacare? That Government is the answer?

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    3. So everyone else has to pick up the bill, because they failed to plan for such a day?

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  13. Our politicians only care about themselves and their own wellbeing........"We the People" are being played by our "leaders", who are Democrats? Republicans? Bankers? The Elite? It's all combined. One of the same. And our Government has made sure that our freedoms are being taken away from us.....and that we have no way or too afraid to gather to protest and stand up for our rights. They work for us...."We" pay for their salaries.....which is substantial......but we have no right to fire them. How about if they take a pay cut....or even ..no raises for years and years....and no cost of living raises.............no vacations..for years and years, and years. I will plan my future differently than my ancestors had hoped for....for Me.... and America.

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  14. Bring on marshal law...Armageddon and whatever else is coming .....Im ready to help "thin" the herd and start again.

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  15. I love the story and agree with it but am in a situation where my husband has a disease that does not allow us to get reasonable health insurance. We have tried to pay the bills as we go but the new doctor we had to see mistreated my husband and demanded that he have tests to prove that he really does have the disease he has been treated for for the last 14 years by a number of other doctors. My husbands health decreased and we almost lost him several times because by not having insurance the doctor treated him differently. Now I am told that if we do not provide health care for ourselves and 6 children we will be penalized and it shocks me. Shopping around for insurance the premium would be more than our total monthly income. We feel that we are stuck between a rock and a hard place. We want to provide insurance but are unable to, now we have to or who knows what will happen to us. How will I be able to pay any bills to feed, cloth, and shelter my children? All our income MUST be paid on health insurance.

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  16. My 7 year old daughter is undergoing treatment for leukemia and the bill is about 33,000 per month...what would happen to those without insurance????

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  17. Interesting story but absolutely pointless drivel. It can be relevant to every piece of legislation that gets signed with riders attached that nobody read ahead of time, but doesn't have any relation to Obamacare in the slightest bit. To believe the logic of this story would be idiotic. Why? Because Obamacare isn't free in the first place, which ruins the entire premise. It's basically a law that mandates that you have to purchase health insurance. What exactly is free that would relate to this story? Obamacare doesn't provide any actualy healthCARE to anybody, anywhere, free or otherwise. (If it were, I would like it more.) And the insurance (which is what this law is about) isn't free either. You have to purchase health insurance or pay a fine, both of which are NOT free.

    This story is like telling me about a man who gave a clever speech about why you should invest in a 401K for your retirement, to teach a bunch of kids a lesson about paying for college. It's unrelated so therefore it's really a story about a room full of ignorant people, none of which know anything they're talking about. And everybody who commented above that this is a great story is either equally ignorant or isn't paying enough attention to what the story says.

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  18. My child and I are ill. We are on forced medicaid hmo. I thought the new insurance would allow us to pay a reasonable amount so we could have real insurance with good doctors. I then get told in order to have 70% coverage (we have 100% on the hmo), we need to give up 65% of our income and since we will no longer have money to live inside a house structure..welcome to our new cardboard box. F*(& OBAMA. I sent him four letters begging for him to help my family reunite after persecution. He never responded, yet he did shake hands with our persecutor. People say he is a Muslim, but hes a piece of shit. Muslims are much better than he.

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