Politics is applesauce.
Our transparent apple trees are heavily burdened with fruit this time of year, to the point of breaking branches crashing to the ground with the weight. There have been few windfalls.
There is a short span for this variety between fruit too green and sour becoming too mealy and mushy. With the hot weather, the thin-skinned apples will start to crack and turn to mush right on the tree without even letting go first. So the window for applesauce is now, this week, ready or not.
Applesauce-making is one of my more satisfying domestic activities. Peeling and coring apples can be tedious, there are always a few bad spots to cut out, and though rare with the organic transparents, there is the occasional wiggling worm to dispose of before cooking. They make a tart sauce, need no sugar; but with all the careful preparation before the cooking, the result is smooth to the tongue and a lovely creamy light color, with all blemishes removed, extra unwanted wormy protein deposited in the compost bucket along with mountains of peel, cores and seeds.
Would that I could similarly pare out, peel off, dispose in the compost all the political flyers flooding our mailbox, the automated telephone voter polls coming into our “unlisted” number, the radio, TV and internet ads that burden us all until we crack and break under the weight. Actually most of the election fruit is already rotting on the tree, turning us to mush in the process. I’m weary just thinking about the millions of dollars spent in advertising candidates that could be used for far greater good and benefit for the citizenry.
The process of selecting a president and members of Congress, a governor and voting on controversial initiatives can be so vile and mean-spirited that the whole kettle of sauce is spoiled. I could cook it all day long and there still will be worms waving in the air, rotten cores festering, scabby peels floating on top, the bottom scalding with the heat of the cook stove. How does a reasonable person decide what is best for the country when nothing is transparent at all in what politicians say versus what they do?
And how palatable will the political flavors be when all is said and done? I guess we’ll need to wait until November to know how the messy mush of elections will taste.
Thankfully I will have stored up plenty of the real stuff in the freezer so we can drown our misery in the creaminess of summer apples prepared and cooked to perfection: no blemishes, no scabs, no rot, and no worms waving back.
What a world.