I’ll Give You Ice Cream-The Progressive Way

Excellent analogy! From a teacher in the Nashville area. To see the entire article go here EVALUATION

Who worries about “the cow” when it is all about the “Ice Cream?

The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade this year. The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an election for a class president.

We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote. To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members.

We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have.
We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot.

The class had done a great job in their selections.

Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots
\of parental support. I had never seen Olivia’s mother.

Give Them Ice Cream

The day arrived when they were to make their speeches Jamie went first.

He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best. Everyone applauded. He sat down and Olivia came to the podium. Her speech was concise. She said, “If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream.” She sat down.

The class went wild. “Yes! Yes! We want ice cream.” She surely could say more. She did not have to.

A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn’t sure.
Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it? She didn’t know.
The class really didn’t care. All they were thinking about was ice cream.

Jamie was forgotten.

Olivia won by a landslide.

Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth he offered ice cream and fifty-two percent of the people reacted like nine year olds. They want ice cream.

The other forty-eight percent of us know we’re going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess.

7 Responses

  1. Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness cannot be legislated. They come from GOD. When government thinks they are above ” We the People “, then we become ” We the Sheeple ” and the REPUBLIC is lost. There has to be some changes for the better in November, or we will end up as a Third World Communist State. Chicago Politics, Vote early, vote often, but VOTE WISELY.

  2. I am hesitant to respond because I don’t want to be misunderstood – I completely agree that too many people abuse the system and steal from hard working taxpayers. But we aren’t talking about ice cream, we are talking about bread and water. We can’t stop helping those in need – we just need to make sure that help only goes to those who truly need it for a reasonable amount of time. (please note the lack of any candidate endorsement in this comment)

    • I agree it is not the “ice Cream.” Human nature is such that we will accept that which is given without any obligation to show a need. What I see as “evil” is the promisor who “gives” something that is not his without any concern for where or how he will get it.
      Great comment, thanks for visiting and sharing.

  3. Too many ” SHEEPLE ” actually receiving from the government, fail to realize that what they are gettiing, has to forcibly be taken from someone else.

    • I agree. It is a relative world. You can’t have rich unless there is poor.

      • Thank you for sharing that. The concept is one which social engineers continue to disbelieve and work day and night to change. I happen to believe that making every human being identical is the same as changing lead into gold. Even if we level the playing field with total socialism, i.e. a state where everyone has identical everything, there will be those souls who begin enterprises behind closed doors because they are not satisfied as clones of their neighbors. They will dream dreams which they can never achieve because the system forbids it. They will seek pleasures outside the allowable, they will write, paint, sculpt, and invent in the dark while praying for the light to finally come.

        • Bingo.
          As George Orwell so pithily puts it in Animal Farm
          “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.

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