After receiving the presidential pardon, the Chosen One is bundled off to Frying Pan Park (for real!) in Virginia to live out its natural life. The company which was awarded the presidential turkey contract (ConAgra Foods) trains the lucky bird to be tame, sociable, and house-trained when interacting with dignitaries and the Press, not to mention the thousands of children who will pet it for years in Frying Pan Park. I kid you not. The rest of the 50 million turkeys raised for Thanksgiving are slaughtered and roasted without a second thought.
That’s exactly how Racism in the Corporate era works. A few carefully bred turkeys – local elites of various countries, wealthy immigrants, investment bankers, the occasional Colin Powell, Kofi Annan or Condoleeza Rice, a few symbolic singers – are given Absolution and offered a Pass to enter Frying Pan Park. The remaining millions lose their jobs, are evicted from their homes, have their water and electricity connections cut, and die of AIDS. Basically, they’re for the pot.
Footnote: – this year, the bird’s name was ‘Flyer’. Hey, nothing goes un-politicised in the Big Power game. Perhaps Bush intended to evoke patriotic images of his Air Force flyer’s outfit at the “Mission Accomplished” ceremony. But realistically, it might stimulate the public's thoughts about flying the troops OUT, now that Iraq’s goose is cooked.
Bush lets this one off with a stern warning: "Y'all can live in the Free World provided y'all don't support Turkorrism, y'hear?".This year's runner-up. He got dubbed "Tur-Kerry".
I can see further when I stand on the shoulders of giants. In that regard, I’ve stolen many ideas and whole phrases in this blog from Arundhati Roy’s brilliant book “An Ordinary Person’s Guide To Empire”. South End Press, Canada, 2004. Highly recommended reading.