Congress Cuts and Runs on Freedom Fries
The cafeterias on Capitol Hill are serving “French fries” and “French toast” again.
The fries on Capitol Hill are French again. So is the breakfast toast in the congressional cafeterias, with both fries and toast having been liberated from the appellation “freedom.”
Three years after House Republicans trumpeted the new names to get back at the French for snubbing the coalition of the willing in Iraq, congressmen don’t even want to talk about french fries, which are actually native to Belgium, and toast. Neither Reps. Bob Ney of Ohio nor Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, the authors of the culinary rebuke, were willing this week to say who led the retreat, as it were, from the frying pan. But retreat there has been, as a casual observer can see for himself in the House’s basement cafeterias.
Does this mean the French are forgiven? Or is “freedom” no longer deemed worth fighting for?
And does this mean that “freedom” is just another word for “nothing left to lose” after all?