Ever since the 2016 election, there’s been a contentious back and forth about what “Make America Great Again” really means.

For many, it represents the idea of the United States regaining its status as the greatest political, military and economic powerhouse — an ideal that many feel it has not lived up to in a long time.

Fair enough, I mean who doesn’t want their country to be strong, if not the strongest on these fronts.

Now to many others, including many people of color, the catch phrase is coded language with racial undertones, which they interpret to mean “Make America White Again.” Then of course there are the rest of us across the racial and socio-economic spectrum that fall somewhere in between.

But let’s consider this “Make America White Again” concept for a moment. What would need to happen? Say the cultural and political divide became so polarized that both sides decided to come to a peaceful solution before things got worse.

So indulge me for a minute and imagine that everybody who isn’t of certifiable or qualified Anglo-European-Alpine or Northern European stock voluntarily gets on a boat, plane, train or in an Uber and leaves the country for good; a mass exodus of “non-whites” plus Jews and Muslims.

Realize too that many certifiable or qualifying Caucasians would also join the exodus in solidarity. Now, the Italians and the Greeks might be allowed to stay since they’re “pretty much white” unless they also decided to leave in a show of solidarity. What would be left of the United States? Those remaining would likely say a homogenous paradise.

Well one thing I wonder about is what would happen to “American” cuisine. Would the remaining inhabitants ban all food that wasn’t of pure European origin? Like no more Rice and Beans, Pad Thai, Hummus with Naan Bread, Cuban Sandwiches, Fried Rice, Kung Pao Chicken, Peruvian Pollo a la Brasa, Tabbouleh, Sushi, Baba ghanoush, Tandoori chicken, and no Empanadas.

What? No empanadas? You can’t run a country without empanadas.

What would happen in our majestically beautiful city of Frederick, which has steadily grown into a “foodies” enclave as we all know. The population would shrink precipitously, many businesses would shut down due to a major decrease in clientele.

So what dining options would remain in America?

Fish and Chips? Haddock?

Oh yeah, we still have Borscht, Bratwurst & Sauerkraut and so on.

Fine, not bad you say. Personally, I’m not a fish guy but I can definitely get into some Bratwurst and Sauerkraut with a cold Pilsner — but every day?

Seven Days a week?

Okay you still have Shepard’s Pie, burgers, fries, hot dogs and some shellfish. So it could be worse, but what happens after the first month and suddenly you’re craving that empanada, black bean soup or eggroll? A mutiny?

With some luck, the Italians and the Greeks would stay stateside to give a little variety to the weekly fare but if they leave too, then things might get a bit repetitive around here. Of course I’m sitting here writing this article, on this Cinco de Mayo as my deadline approaches, sipping a cold Flying Dog Numero Uno and enjoying a delicious Chorizo and Pork filled Torta from The Taco Bar on the Golden Mile and I just thank my lucky stars for the fact that America is actually pretty great, just not perfect. But what country is?

Nelson embraces unconventional wisdom, writes from Myersville and doesn’t actually eat sushi. Email him at ideaguy99@gmail.com.

(45) comments

Moon otter

Very interesting piece. Let's be reminded that the US is one great melting pot of different ethnicities from throughout the world. Some who come is mostly for a better life because they left a country due to oppression (social reasons or and even war). It seems that every piece that gets mixed in makes the US a better place to live. Are we perfect never will be but we have a Constitution that everyone must uphold even our current president (who isn't and thinks he is above it). It is great to try different foods, some I agree with as in palate others not so much. That doesn't stop me from trying different foods. You can even substitute food for ideas. Just food for thought.

Blueline

If you had to pick one, keep the Italians. They have the best food.

awteam2000

Yep who would have known Marco Polo brought noddles from China to Europe which the Italians created spaghetti and tomatoes came from Peru which became pasta sauce. 3 continents and you have spaghetti.

gary4books

They called it "sailor's sauce."

gary4books

I would keep Chinese.

public-redux

I'd keep Vietnamese for eating out and Italian for cooking at home.

gary4books

Can a "whole" be greater than the "sum of its parts?" Or what is a gestalt for? Taken individually these comments could make me crazy. "No, we did not do that. it is all your doing..." Mirroring is to look at another and say they do what you do. We all know what the POTUS is saying. How is that not divisive? The Democrats have no message? Only if you are not paying attention. Otherwise I fault both sides for more rhetoric than substance. But together? The synthesis might be educational. Keep at it. The truth is not easy to find. It may take all of us. If we stay sane. Or close enough for this work.

DickD

Wait just a minute, Nelson, how can you decide we are going to quit eating food, just because we kick out the people that originated the food. This looks like an attempt to get all certified whites that are liberals to leave too. You will only be left with the Trumpettes. No blacks, no Asians, no gays, no liberals, no Muslims or anyone that is not a "born again Christian" - because the rest are mostly liberal. Do you realize this will split families? For instance, des will lose his two children and wife, even though he is a Trumpettes. That may not set well with Dave either.

threecents

Yup, probably most of the Trumpsters are happy with MAGAtty meat and potatoes.

Moon otter

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jsklinelga

DickD
Your comment is as bizarre as the column. But indirectly you exposed a truth. White nationalism is used as a fear mongering scare tactic by the new Democratic party. Somehow the fact that 60% of the new democratic party is Caucasian escapes recognition. This must mean that the new democratic party is primarily European white nationalists. This really does expose how idiotic this politics of division really is. It is not black or white that divides us but something far darker and much more complex.

awteam2000

White Nationalist marching around with tiki tourches chanting “Jews will not replace us “ seems pretty bizarre to me. I wonder what they had to eat at the bazaar buffet at the end of the ‘tiki boy’ parade ? Tex-Mex?

rbtdt5

Are you sure they weren't muslim children singing? I just listening to this song about cutting off heads.

awteam2000

Jason Kessler, the organizer of the White Nationalist March in Charlottesville and Richard Spencer the leader of the march and a pronounced xenophobic an ‘out of the closet’ American white supremacist recruited Muslims to chant the rasict chant? “ jews will not replace us “. You think that? That’s news and even more bizarre. Interesting.

rbtdt5

Oh no, I was thinking of a different jew hating group. They weren't singing about Jews replacing them though, they were singing about cutting off their heads and subjecting them eternal torture.

threecents

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awteam2000

Americans? What’s their diet.

gabrielshorn2013

aw, jambalaya, etouffee, and beignets. [beam]

awteam2000

Cajun?

Moon otter

just hot dogs and burgers

gabrielshorn2013

@aw, yep, said it before, part Cajun Creole, and all that entails [beam]

public-redux

" It is not black or white that divides us but something far darker and much more complex."

Well, don't keep us in suspense. What is this darker something?

awteam2000

Sounds like “ fear and anger” to me, a black hole 🕳 ( the others).

phydeaux994

jsk only asks questions, he never has an answer. That way he can never be wrong. BTW, me thinks jsk doth protest to much, he has claimed 2 or 3 times recently that he is not a White Nationalist (Supremacist). Fear of becoming a Majority Minority Country is what this “war” is all about jsk. These guys have been in SHOCK since Nov. 2008 when Barack Hussein Obama was elected and after Don ranted at his first “TRUMP RALLY” they came pouring out of the woodwork. To them, that Rally was the Sermon on the Mount and here we are. You are wrong jsk, it IS Black or White that divides us, it is as simple as that.

rbtdt5

So are muslims part of the white supremacist group? Just wondering as they are out singing songs about killing jews in their schools and we know how they feel about gays.

jsklinelga

phydeaux994
I had stopped reading these comments for they served little value. The I saw yours. Disgusting!!! You are a racists/ And by the way I voted for Obama twice.

awteam2000

The Birth of Nation “Fusion cuisine”. America wouldn’t be America without the mash-up food cuisines, styles of cooking and favors brought her from all over the world. From the first slave ships with rice, okra and black eye peas ,delicious dish blends have made American cuisine unique. Asian and Latin flavors, Jamaican and Ethiopian dishes, Japanese and Mexican blends , Eastern Indian, Arabic, Cuban fusion, Italian, French origins, It’s all great American cuisine.

threecents

You would be fine with shipping out the minorities, except the food wouldn't be as good? Is this column supposed to be funny?

jsklinelga

Mr. Ginebra,
Did you have to much to drink? You ask people to imagine a scenario totally opposite of reality. Employing your politics of division, WASP vs. everyone else, you suggest imagining everyone non white leaving. Just the opposite is happening and has happened for centuries. People from all backgrounds, shades and stripes are banging at the door to get into America. Why? Are they saying lets go to this white nationalist state that suppresses minorities? I think not. That would make as much sense as say, your column. They are pursuing a dream. A cherished dream that millions upon millions have pursued. To live in America and be an American. Not a black, brown, red, yellow or white American but an American. MAGA

Thewheelone

JSK, I think you missed the point of the column

DickD

He not only missed the point, he misquoted it too, as nothing is said about whites leaving, except for those that would show solidarity, the liberals, the ones Jim hates anyway.

jsklinelga

DickD
??? I believe you misquoted me but that is as relevant as the column. The politics of division is solely Democratic. I have mentioned it before. I was shocked the first time I read this comment section They were genuinely, shockingly purveyors of hatred. Malcontents if you will., .And I have a fair amount of liberal friends that would laugh out loud at your last sentence.

public-redux

“Employing your politics of division...”

His was a politics of inclusion, actually. I’m going to have to go try out a local torta.

olefool

jsk: He was probably drinking the same thing as you were when making your comment. If, as you say, and I quote you: "They are pursuing a dream. A cherished dream that millions upon millions have pursued. To live in America and be an American. Not a black, brown, red, yellow or white American but an American. MAGA" , why does your party and it's leaders go through all the machinations to keep those "black, brown, red, yellow" people out??? Maybe your bigotry is bleeding out a little by your statements????

secpol1970

Says who? If its anyone being divisive its the democrats. The dems need to be divisive in order to stay relevant. They have no message. Like it or not Trump's message is resonating everywhere. The dems are losing votes and they know it.

shiftless88

not to get too off track, secpol, but we have a POTUS who regularly casts aspersion on his enemies in a public way with the weight of his office, painting certain groups as thieves and killers and calling the press the enemy of the people. I think blaming Dems for any divisiveness is out of touch.

DickD

[lol] Sure we are sep - pool.

threecents

Sec, spell out what you mean by Trump's message. Is it MAWA?

secpol1970

shift the dems deserve what they are getting considering they are more concerned about bogus charges of collusion and obstruction rather than doing whats best for the country. This is what they will do for the next 5.5 years (yes Trump will be re-elected).with investigation after investigation. As for the media they for the most part fit the term of "fake news" when they have stopped doing legit journalism and have become activists without doing much in the way of fact checking. As for you threecents you just prove my point....you are the side of division. Now go wipe them salty tears and grow up.

threecents

Sec, Are you going to answer my question? I do agree in part with your complaint about congress wasting a lot of time investigating Trump - much like it wasted a lot of time investigating Hillary. It seems to me they could speed things up. I would think having the IRS investigate his tax fraud would give congress enough to impeach DJT. Maybe they will save that for later, in case he is re-elected. Seriously, the GOP should run a real primary and not make the mistake the 2016 Democratic party made by trying to give the primaries to their presumptive candidate.

DickD

Jim just is not willing to admit the truth. He doesn't even recognize when he contradicts himself.

Moon otter

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CradleOfDemocracy

jsklinelga - I appreciate your feedback. I always welcome differences of opinion and views because it's that right to disagree respectfully that makes this country great. I'm sorry that you feel the piece is divisive because there is nothing further from my intent. The last thing I want to do is add to the divisiveness that frankly I see coming from both sides of the political spectrum. I'm not trying to pit WASP's versus everyone else, because for one I believe the fast majority of WASP's for lack of a better term here would never support a mass exodus and do in fact welcome our melting pot, both conservative and liberal. Also I feel I made a pretty clear case that the idea of the United States reverting or transitioning to some kind of purely white "America" is very far fetched.

I do agree wholeheartedly though that for the majority of people who come here, while they come as representatives of their respective countries and cultures, they are eager to identify themselves as "American" not neccesarily "Latino-American", "Irish American", "African American", "Asian-American", and so on. The important common denominator in all of those hyphenated terms is "American" as it should be. Thanks again for keeping the discussion lively. More to come.
All the best,
Nelson J. Ginebra

Moon otter

Let us not forget that North America, South America and Central America are Americans. Stop using that terminology instead we are United States citizens.

Moon otter

jsk you are so far off the mark that you aren't even on the dart board.

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