yes, indeed, it's been kale in my smoothies, kale in my salads; it's kale, kale and more kale...it's my new thing. next on my list for fundamental transformation is my pizza...oh yeah...nothing's safe at this point...
and after that, the w o r l d !
You know, if I had the chance to bake the birthday boy a cake today -- slipping a little kale into the mix would probably make this girl smile; not just because it follows along with one of the president's favorite phrases, that being, it's the right thing to do [for his health and long term happiness and all] -- but because it would be a wee bit devious, too; with the right mélange of flavor components, spice, and everything nice, the Chosen One might not ever even know. wah hah ha ha...
There is something about what's going on in America these days that has me reflecting upon just this notion:
- all the things we don't know
- all the things we think we know
- all the things we don't want anyone to know
But more than all that -- how just about everything gets smothered with a slick, thick, layer of frosting. A cover-up designed for every crisis; sugarcoating over every genuine concern with marzipan, fondant, vanilla icing, or chocolate buttercream.
Qu 'ils mangent de la brioche
The president was off to Camp David this weekend for a little golf and probably a bit of cake.
Next on the agenda, a little vacation in Martha's Vineyard.
Next on the agenda -- the royal family returning home all rested from their multi-million dollar retreat for a little more of that free market smack down, a little more spying and data collection of the common people, a little more hiding of the whole truth in Benghazi, a little more discrimination of conservative organizations and businesses by the IRS, a little more deception, if not total fraud, by taking over 1/6th of economy with the nation's health care industry, a little more backpedaling and stonewalling on the "all of the above" energy plan; need I go on?
"let them eat cake"
There is a line in The Naked Communist, by W. Cleon Skousen, that reads "[S]ometimes the streak of natural laziness in people makes them wish that a commission, a dictator or a king would make all the decisions and force the people to do what is good for them."
nudge, nudge, bring on the fudge.
Not only is America losing it's self-reliance -- our natural intelligence folded into a rich blending of independence and forward progress -- but we are actually becoming fully satiated by a wicked wallop of complacency. It's as if all of a sudden we like being led, being told what to question -- what to accept as truth, being dependent upon the ruling class, being watched, being lied to, being used, being serfs. If it comes at the cost of freedom, financial abundance, proprietary intellectual and physical property, and the pursuit of real happiness made by the labor of our own hands, so be it.
You know what is dynamic -- even better than kale? It's understanding freedom itself.
Skousen explains it for us like this:
"[For example] there is no such thing as total, unrestricted freedom. Freedom means simply the chance to choose. Therefore, freedom can only relate itself to specific choices such as the freedom to speak or not to speak, the freedom to believe or not believe, the freedom to buy or not to buy, and so forth. Furthermore, freedom can move in only one direction at a time. If a man has ten dollars and chooses to spend it on a night of celebration he has thereby lost the freedom to spend that same ten dollars on some new clothes. Once the choice is made, a person is not free to avoid the consequences of that choice. That is why we say there is no such thing as unrestricted freedom, or freedom in general. Freedom is always restricted to some specific choice and freedom is always restricted to choosing one direction at a time."
and Skousen continues, saying:
"It is for this reason that a free economy requires a continuous education of its people so that they will exercise their "freedom to choose" in such a way that it will sustain sound moral principles and build a dynamic economy with a strong social structure to preserve it."
indeed. whip it good.
Hiding in-between the layers of buttercream, we lack the substance, the healthy greens; we are missing the creative, imaginative, intelligent, genuine, moral, dynamic material that makes something magical and sound.
Like our bodies, America can only live off it's poor choices for so long.
Not every thing can be five cents... or last forever without any effort.... or taste like candy.
We're making a choice right now; just nobody feels it under a sugar high.
but hey, bon appetit,
Make it a Good Day, G