Friday, February 8, 2008

Allegory: The Bird Feeder

Just to be up front I have nothing against either birds nor our neighbors South of the border nor those from South of the border or from any other country for that matter that have immigrated to our country via the normal legal immigration process. I do however have an issue with those who break the law to enter our country illegally. That said, I wanted to share the below allegory that was sent to me today in an e-mail. I'm sure it has been floating around for a while so some of you may have already seen it. I don't know who the original author was, if any of you do please let me know. It is very good.

Allegory of the Bird Feeder

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it is, as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table ... everywhere!

Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.

And other birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn't even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be ... quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

Now let's see ....

Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, and free education and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.

Then the illegal aliens came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor; your child's 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak English.

Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to "press one" to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than "Old Glory" are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.

Just my opinion, but maybe it's time for the government to take down the bird feeder.

If you agree, pass it on; if not, continue cleaning up the poop!


Anonymous said...

Thanks Dustin, I will "Cut and Paste this to my friends and family who have not decided it is time to act.

Should I give credit to anyone other than to say I got it from your blog?

Dustin said...

No, the E-mail I got did not have any author info, and a search for the autor on the Internet did not lead me to any author info either, so feel free to share with all. If anyone does know the original author please let me know & I'll update this post with that info. Thanks.

Sebastian said...

The problem is, the bird feeder is our economy, and if you take it down, we're all screwed. Most of the people who are coming here illegally are coming here to work. It might not be right; I think they should obey the law, and be held to the law, but it's not as simple as this allegory.

Dustin said...

I can see your point Sebastian, since our economy is a very attractive bird feeder in itself as far as the jobs that are available to illegal aliens. However I don't believe the author intended for us to mess up our economy in order to take the bird feeder down. The author instead was rather specific - no more free health care, no more subsidized housing, no more free food, no more automatic citizenship for children of illegals, etc. Those incentives could be removed so that the only bird feeder left up would be the good economy. Perhaps instead of climbing the fence by the tens of thousands every year it could drop down to the tens of hundreds every year. Far less impact. Just my .02 cents. :)