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Grimm's Musings: Wake Up America!

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January 17, 2016 | 1,254 views | Post a comment

As I type this I am sitting in Los Angeles International Airport returning to San Antonio, Texas, after a two week absence. Having lived or stayed in numerous locations across the USA, I am aware that many of our Communities are a beautiful kaleidoscope of the diversity of humanity. The intricacies of our World cultures, customs, convictions, tastes, social expectations, upbringings, religions, etc., are more than can be compiled in any easy read. Unfortunately, too many of us have a tendency to throw up our barriers and block learning to appreciate anything of value that might be available through another culture.

Now I say this having learned the values that various cultures have to offer. If you dare venture, you will learn the exquisite taste that jalapeņo can bring to any meal. I cannot fathom where breakfast, lunch and supper would be without God's direct expanded menu to The Apostle Peter in ACTS 10, "Rise, kill and eat." Maybe you are in the Huntington, West Virginia area craving a hotdog, not just some simple kosher hotdog. So you venture into Hillbilly Hotdog Haven and can have that very scripture fulfilled onto a hotdog bun.

Or you are in Los Angeles and in some moment of theological weakness you find yourself consuming with delight a pizza from Lucifer's. Then there is Chicago or New York pizza styles offering that waist expanding, coronary threatening delight piled high with every imaginable food group known and with a stuffed crust. Tell me you've tried FRESH frog legs, lobster, alligator tail or if you find yourself in Michigan, have some good Old Ohio State University food.

Our USA is blessed with everything from New England chowder, Alaskan crab, Great Britain fish and chips, German brats, Italian sausage, Turkish tea, corned hash, Louisiana jambalaya, Memphis Rub and GOD BLESS TEXAS BBQ brisket (which I might share cannot be found north of the Oklahoma State line). Then there are deep fat fried Snickers, elephant ears, funnel cakes, corn dogs, and every County Fair or Rodeo and circus offers more than can push a faithful member of Weight Watchers and TOPS into total relapse. Hopefully, you know that Taco Clang is NOT authentic Mexican or Hispanic cuisine and buffaloes do not have wings.

I grew up on pickled corn on the cob, deviled eggs and my Mother making cornbread in a cast iron skillet, serving it with soup beans simmered with ham hock. I cannot recall how my dearly departed sister made her notorious scorched the lining out of the pot Chilli (she served a visiting evangelist once and he missed the next night's meeting but it was fine for all of us). To those so sheltered from what is out there you may be longing to visit a boneless chicken farm or a spam ranch.

Now, if for no other reason than what I have caused your mind to conjure up and your tastebuds to activate, why would anybody who finds fault with USA cuisine RESETTLE here? Mark my word, My Fellow Americans, if a particular group can get their way of life established here under their rules dictating their religious culture, you and I will not have the FREEDOM to live the way we want or eat anything we want.

Wake Up, America and Smell the Bacon!
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