I recently got this email about farm boys from a friend of mine. Read and enjoy.
You can never underestimate the innovativeness of American Farm Boys.
At a high school in Kansas, a group of male students played a prank. They let three goats loose inside the school. But before turning them loose, they painted numbers on the sides of the goats: 1, 2 and 4. School Administrators spent most of the day looking for No. 3.
Now that’s funny, I don’t care who you are.
And you thought there was nothing to do in Kansas!
That’s right. You gotta’ watch farm boys.
I once read the review of a book by Victor Davis Hansen about the ancient Greeks. It seems they were all agrarian (much like the patriarchs of ancient Rome’s Republic) and all the great ideas about democracy and self rule and consent of the governed came from farmers. Farmers are real people who deal in real situations in life. Like my Daddy did one night as he attempted to help deliver a calf who had managed to get into the birth canal in a breach position. He had tied some baling twine around the calf’s protruding rear ankles and had the other end of the twine tied to a big stick. He was pulling for all he was worth. He even had me help (at the age of five, I was a big help, I’m sure). He probably had me help so I could be a part of something amazing. You learn awe of the Creation that way. And, by implication, the Creator.
I’m not sure what else I learned that night with Dad and that old cow, but I notice it may have crowded silliness out of my mind. Dumb stuff, like believing the Universe and Cosmos, with all its incredible (irreducible) complexity and order came out of nothingness. A “nothingness” so profound it had no space, matter or time!
The Psalmist says the Heavens and Earth are in place for our instruction. They “sing” of the Fact of a Creator. It is the profoundest issue the heathen face (particularly those wearing elbow patches on their tweed jackets in university lecture halls). Their silly suppositions about “big bangs” and “expanding” universes fall flat. Hollow. My wife asked how these people prove such theories about the Cosmos. I told her they cannot. They just trot out more “words” in support of their theories. Never facts. Never. They have none.
Maybe that cold night long ago somehow inoculated me against other forms of silliness like Rev. (are you kidding?) Al Sharpton’s latest reiteration of race baiting claptrap, or believing the silliness about how Obamacare will fix health care. It can’t even run a website where people try to sign up. (Just imagine what it will “deliver” when there are two or three Washington bureaucrats between your disease and your doctor?) Or that Obamacare will not work unless we enlist the healthy young so as to pay for the elderly who are far less healthy, and that the young and healthy should start paying big fines or taxes so as to float the system. Such things do not work and are not fair. If it won’t work, it won’t work. No one has explained how it will work. The proponents just start name-calling if you question it. If there had been a better way to extract that calf that night, Dad would have used it and certainly known about it. He probably witnessed the same thing as a kid, too, with his Daddy.
The liberals/greenies/socialists/commies/baby-murderers are saying the conservatives have no ideas and the proof is they have no alternative to Obamacare. They are not creative. They can only criticize, proving they are racists. This is yet another blatant lie by the commies and sillies. There is a huge alternative. It is called (get ready for this one) …FREEDOM!. The market will do the trick. Competition will find the way. A friend recently had a run in with the exorbitant cost of health care and noticed quickly how competing providers made things less costly. Just imagine if the providers and insurers were allowed to compete in the absence of government regulation. Remember how clunky and costly the first cell phones were. If the Feds had stepped in and mandated they were a good size and the exorbitant cost could best be dealt with by the users and non-owners alike, how big and clunky and costly would they be by now? Probably the size of our cars.
Or Janet Napolitano statements about “evolving ideas” and the “ark of new ideas arriving.” What does she mean? Have words completely lost their meaning. Sounds like Orwell’s “1984” memory holes or his “Animal Farm.”
And I think that night (and a lot of other stuff like that night) has prevented me from conflating “global warming denying” or believing that a person who repeatedly said you can keep your doctor (or insurance) just so he could get “legacy legislation” passed is a liar …with “racism.”
I think that little new-born calf taught me a lot that night. (He survived.) So did my Dad. Hansen is a professor, pundit, author and a …farmer. The Greeks were, too. They believed in freedom.
Heck, I wish I had taken the time to read his book. Maybe I’ll get around to it, but I probably don’t need to. I learned a lot from that calf that cold night.