Democracy

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 08:01
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Does this sound familiar?

The Classic 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 shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

The Modern Australian 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 shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others less fortunate like him are cold and starving.
The ABC and Channel 9 show up to provide live coverage of the shivering grasshopper, with cuts to a video of the ant in his comfortable warm home with a table filled with food.
Australians are stunned that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so whilst others have plenty.
The Democrats, the Greens and the ‘Coalition Against Poverty’ demonstrate in front of the ant's house.
The ABC, interrupting an Aboriginal cultural festival special from North Queensland with breaking news, broadcasts them singing "We Shall Overcome."
Bob Brown rants in an interview with Jana Wendt that the ant has become rich off the backs of grasshoppers, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his "fair share”.
In response to polls, the Liberal Government drafts the Economic Equity and Grasshopper Anti-Discrimination Act, retroactive to the beginning of the summer. And the ALP quickly passes it through the Senate.
The ant's taxes are reassessed and he is also fined for failing to hire grasshoppers as helpers. Without enough money to pay both the fine and his newly imposed retroactive taxes, the Government confiscates his home.
The ant moves to Asia, and starts a successful Agribiz company.
The TV stations later show the now fat grasshopper finishing up the last of the ant's food, even though Spring is still months away, whilst the Government-owned house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he hasn't maintained it.
Inadequate Government funding is blamed. Kim Beazley is appointed to head a commission of enquiry that will cost $10,000,000.00. The grasshopper is soon dead of a drug overdose.
The Sydney Morning Herald blames it on the obvious failure of Government to address the root causes of despair arising from social inequity.
The abandoned house is taken over by a gang of immigrant spiders and praised by the Government for enriching Australia's multicultural diversity, who promptly terrorize the community.
Who says we don't live in a Democracy?
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 09:03

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 09:03
The more things change, the more things stay the same, Savvas.

The word democracy originates from the Greek "demos" meaning "the people" and "kratein" meaning "to rule" or, literally: "the people to rule", which means "Rule by the People."

The press gives a few just too much power now though. You should have told people of your (Greek) self interest in the translation mate - all Greek to me. Should we blame Greeks for the word or the philosophy?
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Reply By: Member - Nick K (VIC) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 14:57

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 14:57
Guys,

We provided you with the tools. What you do with them is your resposibility. Don't blame the tol maker, blame the people using.

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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 19:12

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 19:12
had a sh**ty day mate ?

dont get us started or it will never end.

BTW finally picked up the cd, thanks again mate, tried to load it on the lap top - damn system administrator lockout !! will have to put it on the better halfs home puter instead... I noticed mascot airport on the slip, you an airport worker? if so what role have you got up there, ( i'm ex tullamarine a/p).

see ya
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 09:25

Thursday, Jul 22, 2004 at 09:25
Brad,

I was just trying to be funny! Geez some people have got to lighten up.

No I'm not an airport worker. I work for IBM as a service delivery manager. Have been on a project at Qantas for the last 13 months and I'm based out near the airport.

Let me know what you think of the CD. It takes a bit of getting used to but there's a lot of stuff on it. You just have to dig around a bit to find it.

Hey ... I now know the torque spec for the rear diff filler plug is 78 Nm!!! LOL.
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