E Pluribus Equine Epicures



By Mr. Curmudgeon:

Restaurateur Peter McAndrews, who owns several popular Philadelphia eateries, is hoping to introduce an Italian delicacy to his discriminating clientele: Caballa – horse. “In Italian food,” McAndrews told the London Daily Mail, “a lot of [horse meat] is made into salami or cured meats, and some parts are also good like regular steak would be, just like a cow.”

A survey conducted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), found that 80% of Americans oppose slaughtering horses for food. “Anyone who has been to the movies lately knows the price horses have paid carrying us to war, building our nation, and serving our entertainment and companionship needs,” contends Nancy Perry, senior vice president of the ASPCA, “Americans have a responsibility to protect these intelligent, sensitive animals from being butchered,” said Perry in a press release.

In 2011, “Congress lifted the ban [against funding USDA horse meat inspections] in a spending bill President Barack Obama signed into law … to keep the government afloat …,” the Huffington Post reported.

During the last presidential campaign, Obama admitted to consuming “dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper” while a young man living in the Third World backwater of Indonesia.” Primitive economies reduce the impoverished to eat what is readily available. Beggars, as they say, can’t be choosers.

Obama’s economic policies, coupled with Republican cowardice, make it certain our economy will shrink in relation to the government’s servicing of the interest on America’s growing national debt. Lifting the ban on USDA horsemeat inspections may be Obama’s signal that darker days lay ahead.

When Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Courthouse, effectively ending America’s Civil War, Gen. U.S. Grant allowed the defeated Confederates to keep their horses. Grant recalled that Lee’s routed troops could not “put in a crop to carry themselves and their families through the next winter without the aid of the horses they were then riding.” The noble animals carried them through the horrors of war, bore the survivors to their families, and plowed the peaceful fields of home.

“When I bestride him,” says Shakespeare’s Henry V of his horse, “I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.”

The Progressive sour notes sounded by Obama’s economic policies will silence those pipes. And you thought the fundamental transformation of America centered on the relationship between an overbearing government and its subject people. It never crossed your mind that the re-election of Barack Obama included the fundamental transformation of the American diet.