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Grimm's Musings: 'Trick or Treat!'

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October 26, 2015 | 1,101 views | Post a comment

The young at heart will embark on making their way to every home they can in the hopes that they will receive a scrumptious treat while enthusiastically proclaiming “Trick or treat!” Of course, those residences that are on watch will greet each guest with opened doors, smiles and willingly treats.

There is something about all this "Trick or Treat " that reminds me of someone’s threatened economic “equality.” No matter how you word it, taking from one group and giving it to another group sounds good in fairy tales, to communistic regimes and to some Democratic or Socialist ideologies. However, to the rest of us it smacks of a sense of being violated. I don’t know about you but when anyone proposes anything that takes away from the right of my Community to self government or my own control of my own pocketbook, I find it more of a threat than a treat.

Now, if you voted in favor of someone who proposes this type of “distributing” of YOUR wealth then YOU shouldn’t be surprised when YOU have to give more “treats” than YOU want. I admit I don’t mind a few treat-seekers showing up on a pre-announced, no-harm visit, at my choosing. I can get over the tramping across the lawn as they make their way to the FRONT door (why they can’t use the sidewalk is another study in human behavior). What I do mind are those who arrive and then demand more than I want to give or that they want to change everything to be the way they like. My thinking is, If they want it THEIR WAY then why don't they stay in their own Country and fight to make it THEIR WAY instead of changing our way? It's like distributing a little candy once a year isn’t going to break my budget but that's because I don’t plan on feeding, housing, insuring, educating, and raising everybody else’s family who shows up with them. Common sense tells us that unless I, (yes, I do mean “I”, as in, me, myself, my work-and-earned-it-self type "I") maintain a budget that I chose then it won't be long before my desire to welcome anybody will be decreased significantly. In fact, show up at my home demanding more than I "want" to give and I will stop wanting to give anything to anybody at any time for any reason. Let me be perfectly honest, take more than I want to give and I will become defensive against handing out treats at all. Eventually, you’ll hear me yell, “Hey, get off my lawn!”

OK, I feel better now.

So soon the “Trick or Treat” will be heard across this land and most of us will smile. However, just a few days later on November 3rd unless people vote using common sense we're all going to find out we've been tricked again into giving more than we can afford to give.

I can’t help but wonder if God Almighty doesn’t just sadly shake his head as some people trick others into calling this a treat. (hrg)
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