Butch the Republican rooster

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The rooster is the Democratic Party symbol in the Bluegrass State.

But our friend Judy Tuggle of Mayfield shared with us this tale of a Republican rooster named Butch. Judy is a member of the Graves County Democratic Executive Committee and a strong union supporter.

A friend in Michigan sent her this. Like all good stories, it has a moral at the end. 

Sarah was in the fertilized egg business. She had several hundred young pullets and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs. She kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.

This took a lot of time, so she bought some tiny bells and attached them to her roosters. Each bell had a different tone, so she could tell from a distance which rooster was performing. Now, she could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report just by listening to the bells.

Sarah's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a fine specimen, but this morning she noticed his bell hadn't rung at all! When she went to investigate, she saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

To Sarah's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job, and walk on to the next one.

Sarah was so proud of old Butch that she entered him in a show and he became an overnight sensation among the judges. The judges not only awarded old Butch the "No Bell Piece Prize," they presented him the "Pulletsurprise" as well.

Clearly old Butch was a Republican rooster.  Who else but a Republican could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on the planet by being the best at sneaking up on an unsuspecting populace and doing-you-know what to them when they weren't paying attention?

Vote carefully in the next election. You can't always hear the bells.