The Rick Santorum Diet

I was noting some headlines involving Rick Santorum’s quote:

We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes we have Native Americans but candidly there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.

You Can Order Your Entire Thanksgiving Dinner Online From These RetailersSome commentators were saying this was racist. I’m not inclined to tag Mr Santorum with that label, but I would wonder about his diet. I am concerned his Thanksgiving table is strange indeed.

Consider this list of American staples:

  • corn on the cob, or corn flakes, or even popcorn
  • string beans
  • the peanut and its butter
  • tomatoes and sauces
  • french fries and other potato products
  • sweet potatoes (including that southern-inspired lovely pie)
  • peppers
  • turkey
  • squash, including pumpkin pie
  • vanilla
  • and most especially, chocolate

This list is not exhaustive, but it hits the high points. To be sure, Europeans raided American farms in the 16th century and adopted some of these back home.

I suspect food isn’t the only contribution of Native Americans to this hemisphere’s culture, but it’s a big one. If there are deniers out there, read up and eat.

The top image is from a recent US dollar coin showing a woman cultivating the traditional Three Sisters. As for the other image, subtract everything but the glass of wine and the candle, and you pretty much have Santorum fare on the fourth Thursday of November. Bon appetit, culture deniers.

 

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to The Rick Santorum Diet

  1. Liam says:

    Certain minds appear to think alike. Yesterday, I commented on a newspaper column about this as follows:

    Santorum is no historian, but a polemicist. In that vein: We are what we eat. Maize and potatoes, and their derivatives, especially. Amerindians perfected agriculture in a way no Eurasian+Egyptian civilization ever did (even Far East and Near East never equaled their achievements). (Amerindians had a key advantage: a full array of climate zones in the tropics that allowed for incredible levels of agricultural experimentation that had no rival in the Old World.) We take the fruits of their achievements so for granted that we don’t bother to see them – because they at the tip of our noses

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