This is the title of an old country music song I used to hear while listening to the Grand Ole Opry radio show. Having been born and reared in the deep south, way back then during and after the Great Depression, many country music songs reflected the tempo of the people and that time period. Boiled cabbage with a hot pone of cornbread was a staple of noon time lunch. Most everyone had a garden with cabbage in it, and if they didn’t, cabbage was one of the cheapest food items you could buy. It’s a very nutritious food, but a far cry from filet mignon.
With food cost rising and talk of some scarcity, we might be hearing a revival of that song “boil em cabbage down boys.” I, for one, love boiled cabbage and the broth from it called “pot liquor.” When eaten with cornbread, it is very tasty and inexpensive.
If after this week’s news you are feeling a bit conflicted, confused, worried and apprehensive, prepare yourself a good Southern style “soul food” meal and chow down. Think about what an earlier generation experienced during times “that try men’s souls.” Then read my two articles earlier this week about what life was like for me during the Great Depression of the thirties. I do not recall the lyrics to the song, but think the second line said “the only thing they knew to do was boil em cabbage down.”
I arose early this Friday to write and listen to the news. I couldn’t wait to hear if my earlier predictions about the bailout package not passing would ring true. Sure enough, it did. Now the focus is on the “rescue bailout” package and the presidential debate tonight.
I did receive one email from a reader asking the question, “What can we expect to hear tonight?” I responded that we’d hear more of the same we’ve been hearing from the two candidates for 18 months, perhaps a bit more placating and pandering with false promises of what they will do “for” you if you will give them your vote. All the stops will be out now to keep our attention from what has been done to us, by refocusing on what they will do for us.
Now I don’t doubt many in Congress are good well-intentioned people, but they have been so seduced by the power of politics and so caught up in the mindset in Washington (that power that corrupts), they cannot bring themselves to refer to us as “The American People,” but rather as their constituency. Look it up in the dictionary. Mine says, “a body of supporters, one having the power to frame and modify the Constitution.”
I don’t know about you, but I do not have the power to modify the Constitution. Only the politicians in Washington have that power. In this definition, the politicians are the constituents and we the people either benefit or are victimized by what they do or do not do. Just another tidbit of “double think and double talk.”
So much has happened in one week the newscasters and pundits are stumbling over each other to get their two cents in. The fact of the matter is, new news is old news, if one stops to think about it. The march towards socialism was revved up and the modus operandi in Washington is the same song second verse.
Hold your horses and watch carefully for the next move.
Let Freedom Ring!