Greg Sargent and the Very Special Pig
A fable that explains everything the contemporary journalist doesn't get about conviction & compromise
Greg Sargent is one of a legion of lefties…
…decrying the amazingly awful, late-trending, headlong rush into national oblivion brought on by Republicans mysteriously refusing to be nice and compromise with compassionate, pure-hearted progressives.
He just can’t understand the stubbornness, and who can blame him?
@KatMcKinley In all seriousness, this is a very clear cut case where one side wants a compromise solution and the other doesn’t.
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) June 27, 2014
An explanation (by way of an old story):
A Very Special Pig
Farmer Jones got out of his car and while heading for his friend’s door, noticed a pig with a wooden leg. His curiosity roused, he ask, “Fred, how’d that pig get him a wooden leg?”
“Well Michael, that’s a mighty special pig! A while back a wild boar attacked me while I was walking in the woods. That pig there came a runnin’, went after that boar and chased him away. Saved my life!”
“And the boar tore up his leg?”
“No he was fine after that. But a bit later we had that fire. Started in the shed up against the barn. Well, that ole pig started squealin’ like he was stuck, woke us up, and ’fore we got out here, the darn thing had herded the other animals out of the barn and saved ’em all!”
“So that’s when he hurt his leg, huh, Fred?”
“No, Michael. He was a might winded, though. When my tractor hit a rock and rolled down the hill into the pond I was knocked clean out. When I came to, that pig had dove into the pond and dragged me out ’fore I drownded. Sure did save my life.”
“And that was when he hurt his leg?”
“Oh no, he was fine. Cleaned him up, too.”
“OK, Fred. So just tell me. How did he get the wooden leg?”
“Well,” the farmer tells him, “A pig that special—you don’t want to eat all at once.”
Progressives—I guess because they control most of the press—have managed to push the idea that they’re always for compromise and conservatives are always standing in the corner refusing to budge.
But have you ever noticed that all the “compromises” they propose continue to move things in their direction?
They’re, gradually or not, achieving their goal of making government ever-bigger, ever-more intrusive, ever-more unaccountable and unworkable.
And they want our blessing for it.
To switch metaphors…
— Charles Flemming (@ChasFlemming) June 24, 2014
I think we’re at an inflection point.
We’re not going to be intimidated or shamed into “compromise” that removes from us our entire reason to exist as a movement.
We’re not going to stop fighting so things will be more convenient for progressives.
We have too much compassion to let progressives and their programs continue to wreck American lives.
Not gonna do it.
“Compromise” Shaming is a propaganda ploy, not an argument.
Not an adult one anyway.
Photo credit: Jeremy van Bedijk, Pig, on Flickr