Capitalism

By the strangest of circumstances,
A group of ten to each other unknown,
Were deserted in a far off sea,
A tropical isle they now commonly owned.

We must work together, said one;
And together erect ten huts.
If we will only cooperate,
Then we wont find ourselves in a rut.

We must also gather food,
So each one of us can eat.
We will share what we gather,
At an appointed place we will meet.

Most everyone agreed,
Yet as plans were underway,
A certain man stepped forward,
He had something he wished to say.

Everyone was silent,
As this man made his case,
He said equality is wrong,
Then he volunteered to run the place.

He explained that their plan,
As pleasant as it might seem,
Was actually Socialism,
Contrary to the American Dream.

Cooperation is a liberal plot,
And sharing lacks the appeal,
Of good old fashioned competition,
Then he offered them a deal.

You obviously need a leader,
And folks I am just the man.
If you nine will work for me,
I will be the leader of this land.

So first you must build a hut,
But you must construct it oh so fine!
Build it firm and strong,
For this first hut will be mine.

Afterwards from the scraps,
And whatever may remain.
You may build nine common huts,
Make them about the same.

Now your daily work,
Will be for my Corporation.
But realize the merits,
For we are now a Nation.

Those of you who do the most,
And complain not at any given task,
Will be allowed more than the rest,
What more could you possibly ask?

Granted, I will keep the most,
And I will always have the very best.
But work with pride at what you do,
Then you will be better than the rest.

Surely you now understand,
Since you are now enlightened with realization,
That the plan as I have explained it today,
Is the way of civilization!!

Dave Henderson
Denison, Texas

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