Living by house rules

A relative of mine recently referenced an article on in which the statement is made “There are no liberals calling for conservatives to leave the country. That’s Republicans.” Clicking the link found on “That’s Republicans” takes us to an article on titled Allen West Apparently Wants the Majority of Floridians to Leave America.  In this article, Allen West is quoted as saying

“This is a battlefield that we must stand upon and we need to let president Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and my dear friend, the chairman of the Democrat National Committee, we need to let them know that Florida ain’t on the table. Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, and take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America. Yeah, I said hell.”

I want to respond to,, and my relative with a story that I hope will give meaning to what Allen West declared, something with which I agree.

For whatever reason, John found himself struggling and unable to make a decent living in the city in which he lived.  Frank, a relative, had always been inviting and cordial, and extended an offer for John and his family to come and stay in his home.  He had done very well and lived in a spacious home, and John and his family were welcomed with open arms.  All Frank asked of John was that his family abide by the rules he had established for his home so as to maintain order, and that John and his adult children find work, pay rent, and provide food for themselves, and they were welcome to stay.

One day, one of John’s children decided that she really didn’t like one of the rules of the house, and staged a protest.  It was fairly innocuous, and nothing really came of it.  Not much later, another of John’s children decided that he also did not like that same rule, and the son and daughter decided to protest together, this time a little louder.  Frank was generous and wanted to be tolerant, so he decided that a slight change in the house rules was okay and would not cause a big stir.

A few months passed, and another of John’s children, an adult child, decided that she no longer wanted to work and stated that Frank, as the wealthy owner of the house should provide her with food and shelter despite the fact that her father, John, was making money, albeit not much.  Frank, not wanting to make a fuss, acquiesced and met the adult daughter’s demands.  Seeing that his children were able to get Frank to make changes to the house rules and even get Frank to feed them without requiring anything in exchange, John decided that he, too, wanted to demand a change in the rules.

Pretty soon Frank and his wife realized that the home they were now living in had very little resemblance to the home they founded for themselves when they were first married.  Fifty-percent of his money was going to support John and his family, and the demands made to change house rules resulted in Frank, his wife, and their children living in a home society that demanded tolerance from them, but gave very little tolerance in return.  John and his family’s demands had changed the face of Frank’s home, it seemed almost beyond notice.

Frank and his wife are now faced with two choices:

1)     They can continue to acquiesce to the demands of John and his family, and who knows what future demands might be made, or

2)     They can advise John and his family that they are no longer welcome in the house and that they need to find some other place to live, a place where the house rules are more in line with the demands John and his family have made

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