The following is reprinted as a special request - originally part of a larger post ARE WE THERE YET? - feel free to copy & paste and distribute far & wide - S.L.
You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming.
At first the wild pigs will look at the fence with suspicion and distrust, but eventually their hungry bellies and the sight of the free corn will overcome their natural instincts. The wild pigs will begin to eat the corn again and soon they will get used to the fence
When this happens you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again.
You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat.
When the time is right, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught.
Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, and so they accept their captivity.
This is exactly what I see happening to America. The Federal Government keeps pushing us toward Socialism, keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, disability, Obamacare, etc. We continue to lose our freedoms - just a little at a time.