Archive for March 27th, 2012
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One Fox who wasn’t much of a public speaker and had no special gifts of entertaining the public knew he could still rise in political arena. He was of course was the Party Boss. He served the party Hide Low whose principles were much like any political party that took positions in the Agora and took public complaints. If one went in for non-payment of tax to the Treasury Mr. Fox would throw hints of those who were far greater culprits in avoiding paying taxes. He also would take out crowd wholesale asking them to praise the defaulter to the skies. The crowd chanting from the sunrise till dusk praised the fellow for his initiative and ability to make money. This party of Mr. Fox thrived in hiding low when their case didn’t win public favor.
One day this scabrous politician fell into a shallow well where all the muck the various political parties threw at each other ended. Unfortunately he could not jump that high from that city dump. Besides jumping made him get stuck deeper in the mire. So he went on singing some patriotic songs to rouse his drooping spirits.
‘When I am in the dumps/ Do I give up the fight as lost?
Oh No! I hit a high note: See what I mean?..”
A goat who was an actor of B-movies passed by and heard such spirited song. ‘The Hide Low Song!’ Mr. Goat stood to attention with his hand on his heart. The Fox sensed help was on way. So he asked, ‘Who goes there? Friend or Foe?’
‘A friend and patriot,’replied the goat. He leant over and Mr. Fox said without batting his eyelid, ‘Are you Reagan?’
‘No but an out of work actor.’
‘No you are not!’ replied the fox.
I am holding this place for one whom I promised the dictatorship of the polis.’
He said the fellow who was supposed to be made a dictator was long in coming. He talked with authority his power to make any one in that polis a dictator. The goat got interested and wanted to know if he were suited to the job.
The fox appraised him and said I was rather difficult to give an authoritative opinion from where he stood. ‘I tell you what,’ You come down, and I will study you from all angles. I shall set a few questions to sound your intellectual capacity to lead the people. Thereafter we shall see.’
The goat jumped in and said,’No nothing stands in my way to the top job but your report.’
Once the goat was in the dump the fox went around him sizing him up.’No, not bad at all.’ He was sure from above also he must be as good as face to face. He asked the goat to help him go above.
The goat leaned against the wall and helped the Fox to hoist himself up.
Once he reached the safety the Fox said, ‘Wait till I get the necessary order written to make you the dictator.
The fox of course made good of his chance and ran away.