The Rockford Files

Bread and Circuses

A real loaf of bread is not that hard to make.  Flour, water, yeast—that’s all it takes.  A little salt and oil may change the flavor and texture for the better, but you can make a better loaf than any you can buy in an American supermarket with just three ingredients and a little heat.  I like to bake my bread inside a Dutch oven, to trap the steam so that the loaf will rise better and come out with a perfect crust, but even that is just a matter of technique.  I’m convinced that, given enough time and those three ingredients, a monkey could be trained to make an acceptable loaf.

Unfortunately, the current crop of Republican presidential candidates, to a man, do not rise to the level of monkeys.  If there is any justification at all for a two-plus year race for the Republican nomination, it’s bread and circuses.  Yet, so far as I can see, nothing even faintly edifying has emerged from endless months of staged “debates,” nor anything more amusing than a primate hurling its own scat against the walls of the monkey house at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Perhaps I’m being a bit unfair to Ron Paul, an intelligent and principled man who does seem like he could be taught how to bake a decent loaf of bread.  But, on principle, he would probably insist on buying it from Walmart instead.

None of the other potential...

Join now to access the full article and gain access to other exclusive features.

Get Started

Already a member? Sign in here

X