[ LET'S DISMANTLE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY - 'CUZ IT WAS A GIFT FROM THOSE NO GOOD FRENCH! ]
House Administration Committee Chairman Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) called a news conference on Wednesday, March 12, to announce the deletion of the word "French" and the substitution of the word "Freedom" alongside fries and toast on the menus of House restaurants.
This latest government action closely followed the same substitution occurring in a small, but growing, number of privately owned restaurants around the U.S.
Never mind that the French can't take responsibility for inventing the fry. That honor goes to the Belgians.
Or that "French toast" was named after its inventor, Joseph French of Albany NY (that's the one in the good ole US of A; not the similarly named Albanyny in France.) Unfortunately, French's working knowledge of English was questionable at best, so when he decided to name the dish after himself he should have written his creation as "French's toast" (i.e., the toast of French). However, because he didn't know how to use the possessive apostrophe, it became known simply as "French toast".
And that is how, some 270+ years later, an international culinary incident is born.
It's also a fine example of what makes America so great:
The attitude of, "We're right, we know we're right, and the facts be damned!"
But that's not all. Now, restaurateurs are pouring French wine and champagne down the toilet, to express their anger at France's lack of support for the US position on Iraq. Hey, they tasted terrible anyway, right? Instead, vintages from California, Oregon and Australia are being served.
Yup, no two words are more romantic at an intimate dinner than, "Australian Wine."
But, I guess in time of war, we all have to make sacrifices.
Just more examples of the American credo: "Style Over Substance."
And of the knee-jerk reactionary mindset many of its citizens hold.
However, if we Americans really wanted to show those French weenies, we'd go after a more profound symbol than potatoes, bread and wine.
Yes, I'm talking about dismantling the Statue of Liberty.
America probably could not have won its freedom from the British during the American Revolution without the help of the French. France provided arms, ships, money, and men to the American colonies.