Thursday, March 3, 2016

Trump, Nativist and Populist Parties in US, or Cuban Black Beans and Pork


With Romney's speech, and McCain's follow-up, the politics of the US have entered the weird zone, as far as Presidential campaign's are concerned. It makes me think of the various nativist and populist parties that have taken up oxygen over the decades and centuries. The 'Know Nothing' party, 'American Party', the various books, Grant's The Passing of the Great Race, and well thought of writers, like George Kennan ("X"), the originator of the domino theory about communism says

 "the very culture of the bulk of the population of these regions will tend to be primarily Latin-American in nature rather than what is inherited from earlier American traditions ... Could it really be that there was so little of merit [in America] that it deserves to be recklessly trashed in favor of a polyglot mix-mash?"[27] Meyers argues that Kennan represented the "tradition of militant nativism" that resembled or even exceeded the Know Nothings of the 1850s.[28] Mayers adds that Kennan also believed American women had too much power." 

Kennan turns out to be just another apologist for our racist, misogynist times. 

So we see it's not an issue or argument unique to our times, one we're just the current players in the drama. Trump is just another player, a minor one so far, in a continuing conversation we Americans have been having for hundreds of years.

Which way will it go now, forward, or back to some iteration of what we've already tried and failed with?

So, instead of my no doubt incorrect predictions of what the GOP will do in the days ahead, I'll talk about my dinner tonight:

Cuban Black Beans and Pork

I slow baked a pork shoulder last night, so today I decided on a Cuban version of this, hoping for a invite from the President to accompany him to Cuba later this year. I took a bit of that, and...,
chopped onions
chopped green peppers
squashed garlic
diced hatch chili
chicken broth
basmati rice

Combined them with the pork, after sauteing the onions, green peppers and garlic, adding the other stuff, then

4 cups of cooked black beans.

Turns out like this:








16 comments:

  1. ...and you never invite me! Damn!

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    1. Get your beret fitted, Martha. I'm sure Barak is looking at my email with the attention it deserves.

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  2. Yum! That looks delicious! I love black beans.

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  3. Romney today reminded me of what my dad called "the camel with his nose under the tent." He sees a chink in the convention and will be right there to squeeze in and "offer" himself as a candidate.

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    1. Yeah, and I hate it that in this instance I agree with time, whole-heartedly.

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  4. Yummy! The debate degraded into a discussion about the size of Trump's penis. Politics at its finest.

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  5. I've never had Cuban black beans and pork but it looks and sounds delicious.

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    1. I think Portland has a Cuban style restaurant or two, Stephen.

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  6. and since we have two Cubans running for President (one a Canadian-Cuba)...

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    1. I do hope Fidel is snickering somewhere.

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  7. Oh, baby! Could I come for dinner?

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    1. Bring SWIMBO, get in the car, drive north for two days, knock around 5.

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  8. Rarely had Cuban food, but now I must look for some recipes. I do so want to go to Cuba, but my husband is not looking at it seriously because we cannot go as tourists and thus he cannot fish! I am not boggled by the candidates, but am boggled by the voter support for them. It must be a genetic virus concocted by some Russian scientist.

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    1. One has to concoct some flimsy excuse, educational, to go. I expect that'll soon be over. Black beans and rice, so nice, so nice.....

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