Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Silly Tradition: Pardoning the Turkey
On my ride into work this morning, I heard the story of how the president "pardoned" a turkey. Don't you get pardons when you do something wrong? Or are we just being politically correct by not saying that he saved a turkey's life? Because really, if you think about it, the only wrong that poor Pumpkin and Pecan did, was to be born as turkeys on a turkey farm (yes, the pardoned turkey has a name and so does his alternate in case he dies en route to the White House). By pardoning a turkey, is that suppose to make us feel okay about killing lots of turkeys for Thanksgiving? I just don't see the need.
This is just a ridiculous tradition and in my humble opinion is a waste of executive time. If you want to know more about the tradition, head on over to this link at Infoplease.com. Do you think this is worth an internet petition to stop stupid traditions? Like anything else that goes on in Washington, it's probably a political thing. Gobble, Gobble, unbelievable it's been going on for 61 years!
If you really want to see a stupid turkey pardon, you can always watch turkeys being killed as Sarah Palin pardons a turkey in Alaska. It's a gruesome video. But once again, I have to ask...Is it necessary to pardon a turkey?
Whether you eat turkey or not, Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be a day of thanks, good cheer, good food and good company.