Dave’s Strange and Unusual World

February 9, 2009

The Parable of the Sandwich

Filed under: Politics — dangrdave @ 9:44 pm

A lesson that I learned as a child was that if I cut the sandwich, my brother got to choose the half that he wanted.  What was the purpose of this exercise?  It taught me a bit of fairness in a world where fairness isn’t guaranteed.  It taught me that I could cut the sandwich however I wanted, but that there was going to be a reckoning that could potentially leave me with a very small piece of a sandwich.  Now, I wasn’t a genius back then, and I’m probably still not, but I did catch on rather quickly that my best course of action would be to cut that sandwich as evenly as possible.  So, why am I telling you, my lone reader, this story?

Well, precisely because O is about to move the U.S. Census to the White House (here).  The two political parties are like two brothers and the Census is like a peanut-butter sandwich.  However, by the Census being run through the White House, we can get the image of one brother being allowed to cut the sandwich AND choose which side he wants to eat.  Obviously, the sandwich isn’t going to be cut very fairly and one party may end up getting a very small piece of the sandwich.

With one party controlling the Census, political lines can be re-drawn with very little oversight, resulting in a pretty big piece of the sandwich for whoever is doing the cutting; our independent mother isn’t in the kitchen to make sure everything is done on the up-and-up.  That, dear friend, is all that is needed in order for the Democrats to become a permanent majority; it is an easy and effective way to defeat an opponent and move closer towards totalitarianism.  If you couple this with enhanced public largesse and the creation of large, dependent segment of the American populous (i.e., Stimu-less), you end up with a pretty solid lock on power.  Are we moving toward a totalitarian form of government?  Will the Democrats exercise their power without regard to dissenting parties?  Did the stimu-less pass the House without one single, solitary, teeny-tiny bit of Republican support?  Yes, yes and yes.



  1. Was it by chance a peanut butter sandwich?

    Comment by Sween Dog — February 10, 2009 @ 2:47 am

  2. Darn..in my excitement to ask about a peanut butter sandwich after reading the first paragraph, I should have read a couple more lines into the second.

    Um…so…waka waka waka

    Comment by Sween Dog — February 10, 2009 @ 2:49 am

  3. @ Sween Dog: Yes, that would be a peanut butter sandwich; I’m trying to keep the parable easy-to-understand…if I added jelly to the illustration, I’d have to also use calculus in my explanation. Please tell Jeff that I said “hi.”

    Comment by dangrdave — February 10, 2009 @ 2:57 am

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