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  • Blue Jays and Politics
    Posted On: Dec 12, 2016

    Blue Jays and Politics

                                                                            joe brennan

    I have a backyard bird feeder that serves peanuts to blue jays. At time four to five birds gather to get their snack. When I left for an extended conference the peanuts were not available. Upon returning the bird feeder received no takers. The message was simple " No peanuts, no blue jays". It seems that this also applies to politics. Good intentions do not bring out the voters. They will fly to other sources from outside KY who have friends willing to offer ten or twelve thousand dollar checks to draw away the flock. They will make offers to local religious figures to rent out their religious facilities for charter schools. The need for good education in certain areas has existed for decades. Promises for more peanuts is all it takes to draw interest and support. Soon they will learn that the promised peanut were old and stale.

    The same lesson was recently learned by McDonalds. Breakfast time ended at 10 a.m. , and so did their profits, down 10%. With the rebirth of the Egg McMuffin and extended breakfast hours, profits rose again - 10%. Give the consumers what they want and they will come. Unfortunately, alt-right publications have given certain segments of the community the " nasty peanuts" they wanted: anti-Obama, racist, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT, anti-Semitic, anti-government, anti-immigrant, pro-white nationalism, pro-clean coal propaganda. Many hungry persons did not  question what is fed to them and spread false expectations.

    The blue jays need no coaching. Just one in the tree squawking and others come. The feeder is open; within minutes the backyard looks like blue jay Black Friday. Emails are our community voice. Will they come back, did consumers return for their afternoon Egg McMuffin? Yes, they did. We have people with needs, underpaid hospitality and restaurant workers, wage fraud for nurses and adjunct professors, unfunded teacher and public servant pensions, coal workers deprived of health care and employment alternatives, all ignored or misinformed. I forget my blue jays, and they forget me. "No peanuts, no blue jays". 


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