An old man lay sprawled across three entire seats in the theater.
When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the old man,
“Sorry sir, but you’re only allowed one seat.”
The old man just groaned but didn’t budge.
The usher became more impatient.
“Sir, if you don’t get up from there I’m going to have to call the manager.”
Once again, the old man just groaned.
The usher marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a moment he returned with the manager.
Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the disheveled man, but with no success.
Finally they summoned the police.
The officer surveyed the situation briefly then asked, “All right, buddy, what’s your name?”
“Fred,” the old man moaned.
“Where ya from, Fred?” asked the police officer.
With terrible pain in his voice, and without moving a muscle,
Fred replied, “the balcony.”
A government big enough to give you everthing you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.