'As a Wolf was lapping at the Head of a Fountain, he spy'd a Lamb paddling at the same time a good way off down the Stream. The Wolf had no sooner the Prey in his eye, but away he runs open-mouth to't.
(says he) how dare you lie muddling the Water that I'm a drinking?
Indeed, says the poor Lamb, I did not think that my drinking here below
could have foul'd your Water so far above.
Nay, says t'other, you'll
never leave your chopping of Logick, till your Skin's turn'd over your
Ears, as your Father's was, a matter of six months ago, for prating at
this saucy rate; you remember it full well, Sirrah.
If you'll believe
me, Sir, (quoth the innocent Lamb, with fear and trembling) I was not
come into the World then.
Why thou Impudence, cries the Wolf, hast thou
neither Shame nor Conscience? But it runs in the Blood of your whole
Race, Sirrah, to hate our Family; and therefore since Fortune has
brought us together so conveniently, you shall e'en pay some of your
Forefathers Scores before you and I part."
And so without any more ado,
he leap'd at the Throat of the miserable helpless Lamb, and tore him
immediately to pieces.'
MORAL 'Tis an easy Matter to find a
Staff to beat a Dog. Innocence is no Protection against the arbitrary
Cruelty of a tyrannical Power; But Reason and Conscience are yet so
sacred, that the greatest Villanies are still countenanc'd under that
Cloke and Colour. (Aesop)
Europe is not responsible for the economic woes of the United States, as their equally woeful President now claims. We have it from the the mouth of the Savior of the World, the man who abolished boom and bust:
"It all started in America."
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