Jim Siergey: Food For Thought

October 22nd, 2019

I’m not one to get all political in the tripe I type for this here revered Third City blog site but…(and that’s a but as big as the one currently occupying the Oval Office, but I digress).

I read an article in the newspaper about a poll regarding Americans’ aspects of “US Identity”. A good deal of it was encouraging.

According to a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, majorities of Americans agree that diversity strengthens the country and that values such as constitutional rights, a fair judicial system and The American Dream are key to the nation’s identity.

That’s nice to know. Unfortunately, the afore-mentioned podex in the Oval Office does not appear to agree with those notions.

However, as the poll divides itself among white, black and Hispanic Americans and Democrats and Republicans, opinions differ.

General-Tsos-Chicken-4-680x453Nothing like a heaping plate of General Tso’s Chicken!



75% of Dems think diversity makes the country stronger, compared with 50% of Repubs. 51% of Americans say there should be an essential U.S. culture and set of values that immigrants must assume upon arrival while 46% say the country should be comprised of a blend of cultures and values that change as new people arrive.

77% of Republicans say that immigrants should adapt to a shared American culture while 57% of Dems say that recent immigrants have actually done that.

More than twice as many Republicans as Democrats say it is important that our nation’s culture is grounded in Christian religious beliefs.

I’ve never understood why religious beliefs are so important. Isn’t what’s in a person’s heart and what he does more important than to whom or what he prays or whether he prays at all? Then again, what would we do without hatred and envy?

The poll goes on to say that Americans are closely split over whether it’s better for immigrants to embrace a single U.S. culture or to add their own variations to the mix.

Closely split? Nearly half of Americans don’t want immigrants to add their variations to our culture?

Are these Americans willing to get rid of St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and in Chicago, Pulaski Day? Are they ready to eliminate from their diets such foods as pizza, tacos, gyros, pierogi, sushi, General Tso chicken and iced Thai coffee?

The gustatory list goes on and on and on…and on. If we eliminate all foods that immigrants have brought to our country all we’ll be left with is Yankee pot roast, fried chicken and grilled cheese sandwiches. Those dishes ain’t exactly bad but variety is the spice of life, eh what?

Come on, you rigid half of America, embrace diversity. You won’t know how much you miss it until it’s gone.

This is yet another reason why it’s important to vote and, especially now, to vote blue. If not, you may find that, among other things, your bibimbap has been taken away.


Editor’s note: Jim’s last post for The Third City was Exorcise

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