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November 1, 2012

HAMILTON: Biscuit recipe for political endorsements

Niagara Gazette — EDITOR'S NOTE: Ken Hamilton's endorsements are his own and do not reflect the views of the Niagara Gazette.

There are recipes for success in almost anything, and that include politics.

One of the things that I miss most about my mom is being in the kitchen with her when she was cooking. From what I learned there, and in other places, I turned out to be a pretty darned good cook and, apparently, from what my son watched me do, he turned out to be a pretty darned good chef, himself.

Cooking and baking requires a lot of different ingredients in varying quantities, and they must be introduced into the mix at different times. Varying temperatures are sometimes a part of the process, too.

So it is with politics. Like in baking biscuits, the flour tastes like flour, the shortening tastes like shortening, the buttermilk tastes like buttermilk, the salt tastes like salt and while you can actually eat any of those ingredients, the mixing of them together will give you a rather flat and almost unpalatable biscuit, and none of the ingredients actually tastes good.

But you just can’t eat that needed baking soda, can you? In fact, you mix it with water and drink it, you make all kinds of faces as you swallow it down to solve the problem of an upset stomach. And if you don’t add it to your biscuits, it just might be the biscuits that gave you that upset stomach.

Political parties are like that, too. Sometimes it just makes good sense to follow a proven recipe for success. That means that you have to vote for someone or some party that you just don’t like; just because it will yield the product that you do like — like hot and fluffy, buttery, buttermilk biscuits.

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