Political Pizzas

At last the election is over… Can’t say I am thrilled with the result…I am not a fan of the current administration.   Not sure I would have been thrilled if the result had gone the opposite way either though.  Politics suck…just my opinion…but I think a lot of people probably share it.  Hard to believe in anyone running for office these days…

It is kind of like going to a pizza restaurant with a very simple menu.

The first choice is a cheese pizza loaded with mushrooms.  The mushroom pizza is cooked in a special oven by one chef.  The problem is that all too often it comes out undercooked.

The second choice is a pepperoni pizza.  This pizza is cooked in a special oven by another chef and the oven is turned up too high.  Mostly this pizza is overcooked.

There are many problems with this:

1)  I am very hungry

2) I hate mushrooms

3) I am also not a big fan of hard, burned pizza, even though I prefer pepperoni a bit more

4) No matter what pizza I choose I won’t be happy because it won’t be wholly representative of my tastes

5) I would go to another restaurant but this is supposedly the best restaurant around

6) The owner of the restaurant has no incentive to offer other choices… He swears there is no demand for them and that it would be too expensive to offer any.  Why should he?  People seem to buy his pizza whether they are happy with it or not.  The money in his pocket doesn’t lie.

7)  The chefs, who should take pride in their work, concentrate less on the quality and more on distracting each other, throwing ingredients, and generally acting poorly.

8) Anything you hear about these pizzas is only partially believable and the propaganda is so pervasive, you are not sure what to believe.

So how in my idealistic, problem solving mind do I fix the restaurant?

One could argue that if the pizza restaurant offered a la carte options where a customer could pick and choose their favorite ingredients, could trust the information about the ingredients, could trust the chefs to prepare the pizza to the best of their culinary ability, and could count on the restaurant to offer the pizza at a fair price….just imagine the customer experience.

The problem is that this would be too far to the other extreme.  People generally get very uncomfortable with too many choices.  It is too hard to decide… The concept sounds great in theory, but put into practice it is too hard to manage.

This is the point where the people who find themselves marching straight down party lines light their hair on fire and start ranting and raving about the fact that this is the reason why there are two strong parties…that this is the way it has always been…and it has worked for centuries.  Perhaps in principle, this is true…perhaps not.  I just know that this country and the world in general seem to be a heck of a lot different now than they were when these party lines were drawn. The parties themselves don’t seem to have adapted too well to today’s world, instead they keep trying to appeal to the wide ends of the spectrum.

Seems to me that the restaurant could stand to put some thought into how it could offer a more compelling menu of better cooked, finely crafted food that showcased the talents of the chefs.  More variety at a lower price, each dish standing on its own merits. You don’t have to like all the menu items…just pick your favorite.

Damn…I’m still hungry…but NOT for pizza.  If I hear another pizza ad I might just be sick.  Maybe a calzone…:)



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1 Response to Political Pizzas

  1. The founding fathers actually warned us of all this. Very interesting article at:

    James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution” and our fourth president, diagnosed the problem of faction as a republic’s most dire threat in his famous Federalist #10:

    Among the numerous advantages promised by a well-constructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction. The friend of popular governments never finds himself so much alarmed for their character and fate, as when he contemplates their propensity to this dangerous vice…The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils, have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished.

    And our first president, George Washington, dedicated his Farewell Address to warn us of the perils of partisanship. He observed that:

    The Spirit of Party…exists under different shapes in all governments …but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy. The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension …is itself a frightful despotism. It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another.


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