I grew up learning to trap animals. I’ve trapped rabbits, badgers, racoons, opossums, feral cats and various small rodents. Some were trapped for food (rabbits), some were trapped because they were a nuisance or a danger (badgers, raccoons, opossums and feral cats) and some were trapped as college class projects (my degree was in wildlife and fisheries biology).
Setting snares and traps first requires someone to know where their quarry is.
Snaring a rabbit means you learn what trails the rabbits take and then set your snares. With badgers, you first have to find their burrow and then follow the most used set of tracks leading away from the burrow.
Trapping animals like raccoons, opossums and feral cats usually involves finding out where they like to feed or raid (as in the case of vegetable gardens or flower beds. With smaller animals, it’s pretty much the same way.
Most of you have never set snares or traps like those described above, but you have probably set traps out for mice or rats in your home. If you go to the store, you can find a plentiful supply of mouse and some larger rat traps. Some kill instantly while others trap them live, allowing you to dispose of it.
There are two tricks to setting mouse and rat traps. First you have to know where the mice and rats are and second, you have to use the right bait to lure them to their death.
Socialism works very much like a mouse or rat trap.
First, socialists find out how to best get to their people. Here in the United States, socialists discovered that the best way to get to their quarry is through the pubic education system, the mainstream media and liberal politics.
The bait they use is subtle, misleading tricky.
In today’s America, socialists use baits called political correctness and empty promises.
Up until a few years ago, most Americans would have negatively reacted to any hint of socialism so they disguised it with a politically correct term – social justice. After all, who isn’t for justice for all, thus making socialism sound like something more appealing, something they desire and want. It’s like covering the part called the ‘catch’ (the plate where you put the bait), with a piece of cheese or peanut butter or bacon (I have had good results with bacon).
In the case of socialism, the bait of social justice lures uninformed people to the catch plate of socialism and by the time they learn the truth, the trap has been sprung and they are caught into the ugliness of what socialism really is.
Another bait being used by socialists in today’s America is the promise of free healthcare and more free things like college tuition. They lure people with these promises, while underneath the promises, lurks the sinister reality of socialism. Gullible people believe that these things will be free, not realizing that they will be paying dearly in taxes and loss of rights and freedoms if enough of them take the bait.
Mouse traps, when working properly, result in the destruction of the mouse or removing it from it’s environment. They are dangerous and deadly, just like socialism.
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