This Is Bill’s House – a Not So Fable-ous Analogy (and the Last Smashwords Coupon)

This is Bill’s house. We won’t quibble about how Bill came by this house – maybe he just bought it. Maybe it was given to him – possibly by his forbears. Maybe he built the house himself. By whatever laws hold sway in the land where Bill lives, this is Bill’s house.

There is a pot of money that belongs to Bill, which he keeps in his house (hey, Bill’s a little old-fashioned.) He earned some of it, saved some, and was even given some as gifts. As long as he didn’t break laws to acquire this money, it’s his, to do with as he chooses.

There are people that live in Bill’s house. Bill knows about these people; he has an arrangement with them – an agreement by which they regulate their relationship within the house – who has what responsibilities, who pays for what, when people are allowed to enter and exit, what activities are allowed or tolerated, courtesies expected (I believe every house has rules, generally set by the owner.)

Bill comes home one day, and there’s a new person in his house – sitting in Bill’s kitchen, eating a sandwich, and taking money out of Bill’s pot. Bill did not agree to any of this.

“Who are you?” Bill asks.

The man takes a bite of sandwich before answering “I’m George.”

“What are you doing in my house, George?”

“I live here.”

“I don’t remember agreeing to this.”

“Don’t worry about it,” George says. “I won’t hold it against you.”

“No, you don’t understand,” Bill says. “You can’t just come into my house and eat my food.”

“Why not?”

“Because it’s mine,” Bill says. “We have laws about this. You can’t just come in here without asking permission.”

“Oh. Can I?”


“That’s not the way things are where I come from,” George says.

George keeps eating.

“But you aren’t where you come from. You need to leave.”

“Hey – I asked,” George says.

“And I said no,” Bill says. “I’m calling the police.”

When the police arrive they ask George to leave, but he won’t. So they ticket him and tell him to appear in court a month later. He doesn’t show, and the officers of the court shake their heads and vow that if George ever breaks a law they will arrest him and remove him from Bill’s house, where he continues to live and eat sandwiches.

The fact that George has already broken laws by trespassing in Bill’s kitchen, stealing Bill’s food, refusing Bill’s request and lawful orders to leave Bill’s house, and violating Bill’s property rights don’t seem to count as breaking the law. Oh, and then there was that court summons…

Does this sound reasonable? What if you came home and George was in your house tomorrow, eating your sandwiches? Shouldn’t you be able to tell him to leave?

Yes, this is a heavy-handed analogy about illegal immigration.

Analogies can be difficult to make – there will always be some flaw, some difference between the example you use and the point you’re trying to make. It’s just to help steer the conversation in a direction we can all understand.

People who think George has a right to be in Bill’s house and eating Bill’s sandwiches will say “but illegal immigration isn’t about houses – it’s about countries. Yes, it is – but what’s a country? It’s a group of people who have gotten together, decided on rules of behavior and interaction (laws), including rules about how and when to allow outsiders in.

This is why illegal immigration is wrong – aside from the fact that it’s illegal. George and his ilk have not gotten permission to come into my country, and even though we know he’s here (don’t give me that silliness about living in the shadows – George spends a lot of time protesting in public and for the TV cameras), we are not allowed to evict him and send him home.

I think it’s because we are supposed to feel guilty – as though Bill doesn’t have a right to the things he has, or even to have his own things. Often, you will be told by those who want to let George live in YOUR house that you need to be more charitable – more Christian, as though property ownership is somehow against the will of God.

The fact is, along with our other God-given rights (Life, Liberty, The Pursuit of Happiness), we have a God-given right to property. If God didn’t want us to have our own property, then why are there commandments against stealing? Or coveting?

Just saying…


Next up for ePublications is “Finding Sanctuary”:

After generations searching for a home, the colonists of ‘The Promise’ think they’ve found it. But is this seemingly perfect world where they’ll find Sanctuary? A bit of sci-fi, a pinch of fantasy, a slice of horror; a good mix of what makes up speculative fiction. Add in alien spiders – how can you go wrong?

Available NOW for a REDUCED  promo pre-order price UNTIL the December 18th release date.

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Time to complete our Smashwords coupon rotation (that’s right – this will be the last ePub qualified for a coupon, so the cycle is complete!) This week we’re featuring Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND (my fifth collection, containing “Mutiny on the Star-Bound”, “Reconcilable Differences”, “New Antiques”, “Dead End Jobs”, “The Re-Entanglement of Grant Decker”, and “Anti-Social”) – here’s the link:

Use coupon code HG52B to save 80% off the list price at check out on Smashwords (that’s right – all six stories for only $1.00!) The coupon is good through December 13th. Enjoy!


William Mangieri’s writing, including his latest ePub Cats of War I, can be found in many places, including:


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