Political Bones for the Picking

>> Friday, April 23, 2010

The subject of Politics in America has lately taken on the view of an aftermath; a Monde à la vision de guerre mentality-- kill them all and let God sort them out. What we see most frequently is a field covered with bodies and vultures gleefully stripping the fallen to the bone. We'll call the bodies "Bones of Contention" and the vultures "Partisan Politics". No matter how many vultures alight from above to join the feast we never seem to run out of bodies. There are more rotting corpses than there are vultures to devour them. Sad, but true.

And that's how it is in American politics. No one is ever satisfied, and no one wants to share. We will glutton ourselves until we can take no more, disappear for a period of time to digest what would otherwise be indigestible, then return for seconds-- or thirds, or fourths, or fifths, or...

The field is never emptied, and the vultures never sated. It's as simple a picture of political hell as I can imagine.

16 comments:

ELAshley April 23, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

Comment if you wish, I'm off to digest the indigestible.

Dan Trabue April 23, 2010 at 12:07 PM  

Nicely written. Spectacular, even.

Dan Trabue April 23, 2010 at 12:08 PM  

re: Comment if you wish, I'm off to digest the indigestible.

McDonald's for lunch today, hmmm?

ELAshley April 23, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

Close enough... Burger King... while on the way to pick up 3 gallons of distilled drinking water.

Dan Trabue April 23, 2010 at 3:19 PM  

What's the name of their monster burger? Quad Stacker?? Four quarter pound beefs, with bacon and cheese between each layer??

Ugh, makes me sick just writing about it...

ELAshley April 23, 2010 at 3:22 PM  

Gross! You're making me want to puke!

:)

Mark April 23, 2010 at 3:31 PM  

MMMMMMMMM! I love Burger King! Not as much as I did before they stopped using trans fats, but still my favorite fast food burger restaurant.

Quad Stacker?? Four quarter pound beefs, with bacon and cheese between each layer??

Hadn't heard of that one yet. I hope they serve it here locally. I can't wait to have one, with a side order of large fries.

ELAshley April 23, 2010 at 3:34 PM  

Good Lord! Both of you are asking for heart-attacks! Better to have some roasted lamb or goat-kabobs with mashed sweet potato and curry, with toasted pita!

ELAshley April 23, 2010 at 3:36 PM  

Maybe some honeyed couscous with saffron and pepper.

ELAshley April 23, 2010 at 3:37 PM  

Grains of Paradise would be better than pepper but GoP's are hard to find state-side.

Dan Trabue April 23, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

Good luck in getting that at BK.

Jim April 23, 2010 at 9:48 PM  

Whopper. IMHO the best signature burger from a chain.

Marshall Art April 26, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
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Marshall Art April 26, 2010 at 12:43 PM  

OK, damnit! Why do I continue to struggle in posting my very thoughtful and enlightening comments??!! I just tried to post something which went something...like this:

Four quarter pound beefs??!! Why, that's almost a pound!!!! Tasty!

Actually, grass fed beef (and dairy products made from it) is quite healthy. Pig? I won't debate the health aspects of pig, but a bit of bacon atop my burger or accompanying my two over easy won't hurt too badly if most of my other habits are pure. And I just had, over the weekend, the meatiest slab of ribs I've had in a long time!!! I gave up smoking. I drink less. My new field of employment, should anyone care to hire me, means no more weed. I eat less carbs and avoid the starches. Save me just a little of the other white meat. But try to take my dead cow...

Regarding the post, Eric, it is as Dan says, spectacular even. But I'm afraid I don't get it. That is, I think I do, but would not want to have first turn trying to explain it to the rest of the class. Could you restate it in a less poetic manner, please?

Dan Trabue April 26, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

It seems that we all agree on this, at least: Eric is (or can be) a fine writer.

On the good health (or not) of eating cow flesh, we remain undecided.

Marshall Art April 26, 2010 at 7:12 PM  

Perhaps it will return to post as my original comment did above (the one I deleted---the second was more fleshed out).

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