By Walt Bolling
June 21, 2006
Someone (about my age) tells me of now and then awakening in
the wee hours of the morning (he does this often now) and how
the mind takes control and starts to review a whole bunch of
things. Last night it was politics (U.S.type) and how states
and regions think differently on this subject, and now and again
food would flash on the screen.
It was Tip O'Neil who said, "All politics are local."
If so, it may equate to geographical politics. Since food comes
in the middle of his political wanderings, consider then that
food is geographical and regional in our country, too. Not too
many Eskimos spiced their stew with black-eyed peas. His recounting
of these dreams causes me to think back, say some seventy years,
plus or minus. If one took a sampling of political thought then
and from every area of the U.S. and blended them all together
in a stew, chances are the result would have gone down politically
well, and even been tasty. Not today!
If one tried today to blend together political food for thought
from each geographic area of the U.S. and make it into a stew,
chances are it would not blend well, and the end product would
never pass government food and drug tests for human consumption.
The items submitted from Middle America for such a stew would
probably blend well and add needed flavor for most of us. However,
thoughtful ingredients submitted, say, from the Seattle or Portland
areas might tend to upset some of the sought-for flavor for many.
Items forwarded from the southern border states would have changed
in flavor over seventy years: they would now seem too hot for
many others. Contributions from the Deep South would, as of old,
add pleasant warmth and good feelings to the end product.
Moving on to other areas of the U.S. and examining their offerings,
consider political contributions coming from San Francisco, Palm
Springs, or San Diego. Those offerings certainly would tend to
spoil the pot for many others, and would probably be set aside.
Now, offerings arriving from Massachusetts, New York, and a couple
of New England states would have to be handled with latex gloves.
DON'T USE THEM! Discard them with due care; don't leave them
where the kids could get into them. They could get enough exposure
to cause them to wind up in one of their public schools where
you have to attend classes that explain why Johnnie has two daddies
and no mommy, and at the end of the school year when awards are
passed out, you get one for not falling down at recess. Also,
students so exposed could require that all lessons and instructions
be in the language of their choice, and you don't have to take
any **** from a teacher in any language!
The reader may take this as food for thought; politics and food
could be considered strange bedfellows.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: " Lived here fifty-plus years and have been voting
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