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For quite some time, I’Ave thought about this expression, and how it applies so well to the choices that we make when it comes to politics.
Every two years, a campaign season arrives, and we offer our attention, and sometimes our money, to support the efforts of strangers who promise to do our bidding and improve our lives. With each vote of confidence comes the burden of responsibility, as decisions made on our behalf may be more (or less) than we bargained for.

Feast for Bush, spawned from the quote, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”, was my first foray into food and politics. Edible Government, which followed, is an ongoing consideration of figures, policies, and events as culinary offerings.
   
   
In June of 2015, New York real estate magnate, television star and conspiracy theorist Donald Trump announced his run for president of the United States. During his campaign, Trump vilified illegal immigrants and Muslims, praised dictators, and lambasted the press. Yet the media swooned, as Trump was ratings gold. His primary opponents and GOP leadership pulled their punches, wary of alienating Trump's excited base.
   

On the Democratic side, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bested her challenger, populist Senator Bernie Sanders, to become the first female presidential nominee of a major party. Entering the general election, Clinton had self-inflicted liabilities, namely the private email server and the lack of a unifying message. Her campaign was damaged by the Russian hacking of the DNC, the game-changing "Comey letter" and the regrettable choice to skip "blue wall" states. Still Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million. Unfortunately, America employs the Electoral College, which awarded the presidency to Donald Trump.

   
     
Inspired by bread’s historic role as an essential part of life, the American Bread series pays homage to citizens whose lives are directly impacted by government policies. Up first, portraits of soldiers who carry excessive burdens, and a young man in Florida walking home at night.

Other topics which captured my interest include the Tea Party, whose status continues to threaten otherwise conservative candidates, and Vladimir Putin whose status continues to threaten Ukraine. Then there’s science, whose validity is consistently challenged by lawmakers on science committees.

For lighter fare, we have Bridgegate. This story of multiple state officials caught up in a curious and mostly deplorable scenario kept me occupied for the duration of the polar vortex.
 
   
   

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