"Yoo Hoo! It's me, Chef George Bush and I'm in the kitchen to show you my way of baking a comprehensive U.S. cake.
'Now, the first thing I do is throw away the recipe of what has been proven to work, and then I toss all sorts of ingredients into the bowl (Remember to salute and repeat that we're a kitchen of ingredients and all ingredients are equal), and then....BAM!...the whole thing just turns into one big comprehensive, ah, mess...well, ta ta...gotta go now. Hope you all enjoy what I've done while I've been in the kitchen over the past eight years. Enjoy my U.S.as Mexico cake."
Every good chef is a leader and a chemist. Good chefs run their kitchens so their restaurants are a success. Bad chefs run their kitchens and their restaurants into the ground.
A good chef knows that when you make a cake you have to follow the recipe and put the right ingredients into the bowl in the right proportions if you want the final product to turn out right.
George Bush is no chef. He's also no leader. (He's also no cowboy). Bush is a yuppie Preppie who spent his formative years at Phillips Andover Academy, in Andover, Mass.--one of the most prestigious Prep schools in the world. (Just as a trivia note, that's about 50 miles north--as the crow flies, but a million miles away in real worldism--from another city in Massachusetts where a famous TV chef was learning how to do things the right way in his kitchen.)
If Bush had learned his trade of running a country as well as great chefs learned their trade, the world would be a far better place today and the U.S. wouldn't be on the verge of destruction as a First World nation.
Recipes for baking talk about a cup of this and a teaspoon of that, but that's just kitchen level chemistry talk for percentages and proportions. And, that's what recipes and nations are mostly about--percentages and proportions of the ingredients.
Change the percentages and proportions of the ingredients in a cake recipe or in a nation and you end up with a different cake or a different nation. And, if you do that, you may not like what you end up with. Mess with the recipe at your own peril because thousands of other variations have been tried that didn't work out before you came on the scene.
The United States of America has had a successful recipe for many years but, as mentioned, the guy in the kitchen now--George Bush--is one lousy chef and he doesn't have any idea about how to make a successful nation. He is no chemist. He is no chef. He is no leader. He's just throwing things into the bowl wily nily. He lacks basic life lessons that would keep him on the right track.
And, he's got a bunch of fry cooks--in the form of out of touch senators--who are also screwing up the recipe.
Now, a straight cooking metaphor can only take us so far,so let's switch to the reality of things as they are right now with just a little mention of cooking as we move forward.
A nation is its people and its leaders. They are the ingredients that make a nation what it is. If a nation is peaceful and happy, look to its people and its leaders. If a nation is violent and unhappy, look to its people and its leaders. If a nation is prosperous, look to its people and its leaders. If a nation is impoverished, look to its people and its leaders. Funny how that works, isn't it? When we talk about nations we really do need to talk about human beings and not about inanimate objects and concepts such as "constitutions," and "freedoms"as though we're living in a Disneyesque reality.
As I've written many times before, the United States was for many years a new Europe. European descended people was the main ingredient in the recipe. But there were other minor ingredients as well. There were Blacks, Asians, Latinos and various subgroups. Still, the main ingredient was European descended people. They gave the recipe its primary character. It was their ways and their values that made the U.S. what it was. They were the, ahem, white flour and the main ingredient in the recipe for our cake.
Let's go back to the metaphor even more pointedly. Here's a typical recipe for an Angel Food Cake:
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cake flour, sifted
12 egg whites
1/3 cup warm water
1 teaspoon orange extract, or extract of your choice
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Suppose you change the 1/4 t. salt to 2 T's salt and suppose you added 4 T's cream of tartar and 15 egg whites and only 1/4 cup cake flour and.... Well, that's what George Bush is doing to the U.S.
Let's be even less subtle and completely jump out of the mixing bowl for a moment to help put things in perspective. Imagine we just switch land with Mexico by moving all the people from the U.S. to Mexico next Monday, and at the same time move all the people from Mexico to the U.S.
What will the result be? Are we foolish enough to think that there's something magical in the dirt that the U.S. sits on that is missing in the dirt that Mexico sits on so that the U.S. citizens we moved south will now live in poverty and the Mexicans we moved north will now be prosperous?
The reality is that by Friday, the Mexicans we moved to the U.S. will probably start sneaking south across the border.
People do matter in the building of nations and societies just as ingredients in a cake matter.
Consider the following as something of an oblique clue to all of this. According to the U.S. Census and FBI crime statistics, New Hampshire is 94.1% European-American and in 2005 had a measly 132.0 violent crimes per 100,000 residents including an amazingly low 1.4 murders per 100,000 residents.
Contrast that to Washington, D.C.--our nation's capital and the "showplace" of this nation. According to the U.S. Census and FBI crime statistics, D.C. is approximately 70% non-European-American and had a whopping 1,459.0 violent crimes per 100,000 residents and a horrifyingly high 35.4 murders per 100,000 residents in that same year.
Now, these statistics can be parsed in many different ways, but for the purposes of the present column this analysis should be adequate to make the point that people do matter.
Recoil if you will (in the expected and mannered PC way as though you're well practiced in the Delsarte method) about the racism of nature, but spare us the spectacle of tying yourself into semantic knots as you try to remove people from the equation--when talking about people--by substituting inanimate objects and vague concepts for living, breathing--and in the case of D.C., dying--people. People matter.
To be clear. The U.S. did not become a great nation because of the land it sits on or because of the U.S. Constitution or because of vague concepts. It became what it became because of the people. Because of the ingredients. Because of the recipe.
And speaking of the U.S. Constitution. It is a guide to the way we run this nation, but when one puts aside the simplistic statements and knee jerk jingoism of the likes of George Bush and actually looks at the constitutions of other nations, one is struck by the fact that many other nations have constitutions that are not only very similar to ours, but which are actually better at setting forth the individual rights of citizens (at least on paper). Check out the Mexican Constitution, for example. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Mexico
So, if it's not a piece of paper that makes a nation a great place, what does? Are you tired of hearing this yet? The people.
People matter. Change the people in a nation or radically change the proportions of different peoples in a nation and you change that nation forever.
And, with Bush's misguided world view of open borders and amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, we're looking at changing the proportions and percentages of people of the U.S. forever.
If Bush has his way, it will lead to the destruction of the U.S. as we know it just as surely as a cake will be ruined by changing the proportions and percentages of its ingredients.
Do what I'm doing: Call, write, email, fax every politician you can think of and demand that Bush's screwball recipe for the destruction of the U.S. be thrown in the trash where it belongs
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