In “Hard Money Populism” I mentioned Congressman Ron Paul’s coming to Texas A&M University a few years ago to speak to the Young Republican Club and that the attendance was embarrassingly small. I said that he was a good sport about it and nevertheless gave them “the whole load.”
I don’t know how many readers may have misunderstood what I meant by the whole load, but I know of one, which is one too many. It came from the following story, which I heard many years ago. I don’t know the origin of the story.
A young preacher arrived at a small country church to preach his very first sermon. Unfortunately, a heavy snow storm had limited his congregation to only one wise-looking old farmer.
The young preacher asked the farmer what he should do.
The farmer said, “Well, I don’t know much about preaching, but I do know about farming. If I went out to the pasture with a load of hay to feed my cattle and only one cow showed up, I would certainly feed that cow.”
The young preacher said “Great. Sit down and I’ll preach you a sermon.”
The farmer sat down and the young preacher preached a fire and brimstone sermon that lasted 45 long minutes. When the preacher finally wound down, he asked the farmer what he thought about his first sermon.
The farmer thought for a moment and said, “Well, as I said, I don’t know about preaching, but I do know about farming. Like I told you, if I went out to the pasture with a load of hay to feed my cattle and only one cow showed up, I’d feed it. But I sure wouldn’t give it the whole load.”