The Ant and the Grasshopper–Modern Version

These fables were in the reading books produced by the “Blue Back Speller” and do still appear in some textbooks produced now by ABEKA books.  In my tutoring, I sadly see that character building has been taken out of public school books in spite of the “21st Century Education” doctrine promoted by the Education agency of the Federal Government.

Here is a version I dug out of my document file from 2004:

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 he’s 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 he’s 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. CBS, NBC, and ABC 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. America 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 Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome.”  Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake. Tom Daschle & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Peter Jennings 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.”  Finally, the EEOC drafts the “Economic Equity andAnti-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. Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients during his administration.

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 neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Consider the story, pray, then VOTE.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Glenda

    Touche!!! Great example here! I’ll be sharing on FB for those of my friends who don’t get your blogs.

  2. I never see the post on fb when I post it from wordpress. I have no idea where it goes or how or when. I usually manually re post the next day, in case you haven’t noticed. Things have not corrected since the election of 2004. Too many politicians seem to be a “system” regardless of political persuasion it seems. The TEA party enthusiasm has helped, however, to correct some social ills.

  3. Hi, I stumbled across your post while conducting a search for, “The Ant and the Grasshopper.” I really enjoy reading the modern-day versions of Aesop’s fable. I wrote my own modern-day version too. You can read more about it at http://www.thehavesandhavenots.com. Thanks for keeping the fable alive and well.

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