Communique 11-4-2020 "It's The Right Thing To Do"
by Philip Drucker
‘It’s The Right Thing To Do”
I woke up this morning thinking about of all things Raisin Bran cereal. This is a bit stranger than it may seem at first seeing as I don’t particularly like Raisin Bran, but hear me out. If raisins are racists, and Raisin Bran was a sovereign country, would you say Raisin Bran is a racist country? Or, would you say considering the amount of bran, that is not motivated by racial concerns and hatred, raisin bran is not a nation of racists, but is as with all breakfast cereals, is a nation that is not in and of itself dedicated to racist positions and policy as the law of the land, but contains along with, whole grain wheat, wheat bran, sugar, brown sugar syrup, malt flavor, salt, and assorted vitamins and minerals, and for purposes of this discussion, racist raisins?
In much the same way that America is not a Christian nation, but is a nation where a Christian majority voluntarily chose to and did expressly create a secular nation dedicated to the free exercise of all religions and dependent upon separation of church and state. In America, we believe all raisins, crunch berries and lucky charms are created equally.
Let me be the first to concede there are plenty of racists, misogynists, xenophobes, homophobes and religious zealots in the United States with one hiding between, behind and among the multitudes of bran flakes swimming around in sea of milk and sugar. But, considering last night’s election results, it seems to me America for the most part is made up of thoughtful, kind, loving and caring people trying to make everyone’s life just a little bit better. In this case, through the election process.
Ask yourself this question. How does a racist nation elect Joe Biden? Why not stick with the openly racist and self-proclaimed raisin king Donald Trump? Why not just admit we are all cuckoo and cuckold for Adderall laced Cocoa Puffs and reelect the big fat slob that has probably never eaten Raisin Bran, Special K or anything approaching a healthy and balanced daily diet to start your day off right.
You must admit it’s an added plus that Rudy G. looks so much like the original “I want to eat your cereal” Count Chocula. Say, does anybody happen to know what happen to Franken Berry? Or, for that matter, does anyone know what happened to Rudy? Does anyone care still care? About Rudy that is. We all still love Franken Berry and Boo Berry and always will.
The question we should all be asking today is how are we going to move forward as a country dedicated to government of, by and for the people? Let’s assume King Ding Dong is gone. Yes, I know that is not a breakfast cereal, but it is from Hostess which in my book counts for something and yes, I strongly suspect am not the only one who ate a Twinkie, Sno Ball or Hostess (not Little Debbie) Cupcake for breakfast, so close enough. Remember when Ding Dongs were individually wrapped in tinfoil? Pepperidge Farm remembers as do I.
If the USA were truly a racist nation, why did free men and women fight a civil war to liberate not themselves but to defeat the evil institute of slavery by freeing their fellow Americans who were in 1860 not free? Who does that? If you have another example of a country where free persons fought for the rights of others among them that were not free please let me know.
If we were a racist, intolerant and bigoted nation at our core, why did we, the anti-fascists, fight to defeat the Nazis in WWII? Why did we shortly thereafter integrate the Army? Why did we break the color barrier in baseball? Why did we fight for civil rights during the 1960s? Why in 1967 did we ban state anti-miscegenation laws as unconstitutional? Why did we subsequently find similar bans on same sex marriages unconstitutional as well? Does it sometimes take time? Yes. Do we still do it? Yes. Did we elect Barack Obama as our President in 2008? Why yes, I believe we did.
Remember LBJ’s description of a Great Society as one dedicated to the eradication of poverty and the elimination of discrimination? Remember the Voting Rights Act of 1968? On the flip side, remember the evil that Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan unleashed when both claimed to represent the “Moral Majority”? A group of for the most part rich and/or religiously intolerant white people who were neither “moral” or a “majority”? Are we still fighting the good fight? Why yes, I believe we are.
If we are to believe the hype, Frosted Flakes are “Grrrrreat!” So, we all have a pretty good idea of what makes breakfast cereals great. But what about America? Would a coat of sugar frosting on our natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness make everything better? Would it even begin to solve all our problems? Alas, no, it would not. The underlying problems in our society would still be there and now we would have several cavities if not overall gum and tooth decay to address and deal with as well. Real answers to real problems with real solutions. That is what we need right now.
And so, let me leave you with this thought. As we all sit waiting on pins and needles for the final election results to be called, who would have guessed we’d all be waiting for Pennsylvania and the Quaker Oats Guy to get his act together and count those mail-in ballots that will put Biden over the 270 top already so we can all start our day the right way. And why? Because it’s the right thing to do and in America, that’s all we really need to know, isn’t it? I miss Wilford Brimley. Don’t you?
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