Butch

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Thanks to reader JL for forwarding this cautionary tale.

Sarah was in the fertilized egg business. She had several hundred young pullets and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs. She kept records and any rooster not performing was replaced and then went into the soup pot.

This took a lot of time, so she bought some tiny bells and attached them to her roosters. Each bell had a different tone, so she could tell from a distance which rooster was performing. Now, she could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.

Sarah’s favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning she noticed old Butch’s bell hadn’t rung at all. When she went to investigate, she saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

To Sarah’s amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn’t ring. He’d sneak up on a pullet, do his job, and walk on to the next one.

Sarah was so proud of old Butch that she entered him in the Fouritch Competition and he became an instantaneous sensation among the judges. The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the “No Bell Piece Prize,” they also awarded him the “Pulletsurprise” as well.

Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards by sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren’t paying attention?

Vote carefully in the next election. You can’t always hear the bells.

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  1. Jim Altschuler Reply

    You go Butch!

    And for the rest of us, I can only hope that we will all be as smart as Butch. We all have to look for what is real and not just smoke & mirrors, or lip service. Butch was smart enough to look out for himself; can we do that?

    Can we find the representatives who will act in our best interest (which is, of course, what we elect our representatives to do) and not solely in their own?

    Are there any such people out there who can stand the scrutiny directed toward any candidate for any office? Will anyone not currently running, who has these traits, be willing to step up and fight to represent us?

    I sure hope so. For my part I’m sick of B.S. and smoke and lip service. I’m sick of confrontational partisan, obstructionist politics. How about you?

    Butch, will you run for office?