By Douglas McArthur
The state of our American culture causes me to harken back to the shipboard experience. As I think of the shift in moral values across our land, food comes to mind, specifically a milk occurrence on the U.S.S. Forrestal. First, a couple of definitions:
Pasteurized: a heat-treatment process that destroys pathogenic microorganisms in certain foods and beverages. It is named after the French scientist Louis Pasteur.
Homogenized: to blend into a mixture that is the same throughout. For example, in the dairy business, homogenization is a process that gives milk its rich, white color, and smooth texture. Milk that has not been homogenized contains a layer of cream that rises to the top.
Before I go there, let me assure you, I am aware of the old saying, “The Navy gets the gravy while the Army gets the beans”. I had enough experience in my Army reserve days to know you guys in the ground forces did not join for the great food. So, thank you to all those who served on the ground.
No lie, I loved Navy chow from boot camp to duty on the U.S.S. Forrestal and Saratoga. Life had become tough for my Dad and the family for a few years before I joined the Navy, so I appreciated the military environment I entered. The U.S. Navy gave me the break and environment I needed.
I observed early on, sailors like lots of milk. Did they not get enough mother’s milk? I don’t know! Once aboard Forrestal, it was the same story until we went across the Atlantic pond for my first Med Cruise. I discovered it does not take long for 4,500 men to consume the food supply. Even in the 1950s, the Navy did a fantastic job getting ample supplies to her ships, usually transferred at sea from huge supply ships. Most food resupplies originated from the states. Milk was an exception, as it did not travel well. Once out of milk, the results were unpleasing.
I have vivid memories of powdered and or canned milk or some such combination replacing real milk. Yuck! Put it on your cornflakes or try to drink it, yuck. The Navy did cautiously buy some food supplies in Europe but not things like milk, eggs, butter, and meat. After WW2, European food health standards were just not good enough.
I fondly remember around 1957, the Navy made a deal and contracted to buy NATO milk. NATO had a full dairy operation to serve all NATO forces. I recall those wonderful one-liter cartons. A liter is slightly more than a quart. The NATO milk was delicious as it was pasteurized but not homogenized; thus, every carton had, it seems, an inch of pure cream. Remember, not homogenized meant you could shake it up, but the cream would always eventually rise to the top. Another little lesson was the recognition of what a liter represented. Not being versed on the metric system, I had noticed throughout Europe gasoline was sold by the liter at the pumps, and the liter price was about the same as we paid for a gallon at home. Once I saw those one-liter milk cartons, I realized the bargain of a gallon of gas back home. It sounds stupid, but it’s how we learn by observing.
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So, what’s the Homogenized analogy Old Salt? Remember, homogenized is when a thing begins to look the same through and through. Shake up that pasteurized NATO milk, and it only looks uniform temporarily as the cream rises.
Think about it! American of the past was a patchwork of different traits, customs, and traditions. I have always believed it’s the differences in people or groups of people to be admired. As a successful mid-level Hewlett-Packard sales manager, I frequently hired sales reps who were different because I found having a force of different personalities assured success in meeting sales goals. I guess I learned that from life in the Navy. Notice I am not talking about “diversity” as that is a formula for discrimination and mediocrity. If you are old enough, think of America of the long past. There were beautiful differences north, south, east, and west. Even within a region such as the South, there were obvious beautiful differences, e.g., Floridians were vastly different from Carolinians, Texans, etc. It was these differences that I loved about mid-westerners, so-called Yankees, Californians, and so on.
The cream of America is well on the way to being Homogenized out of existence. Those different wonderful traits, customs, and traditions have, to some extent, been watered down as part of the natural growth and longevity of our Country. Had liberalism not been a factor, the U.S.A. would have naturally become a more and more homogeneous, yet authentic, American culture. For at least 50 years, we have been warned about the dangers of multiculturalism and political correctness. What have we done about that warning? For the most part, we scoffed and laughed at the warnings!
So, where is the conspiracy? Friends, if you don’t see it, you are like the proverbial frog in the boiling pot. Our enemies within have been engineering the American take over for the same 50 years as most of us watched and scoffed. The vehicles to destroy us from within have been things like multiculturalism, abortion, liberal courts, dismantling Christianity, open borders, sexual confusion, censorship (think social media), and more. The big one, “YOU’VE BEEN CANCELLED”.
In summary… Those who wish to destroy America will not slow down their effort to make the masses equal to sameness. That’s plainly Communism, where only the rulers and their stooges live well. P.S. we will become homogenized but not “pasteurized” as the well has already been poisoned with the germ of atheism.
What are your thoughts? I would love to hear from you. If you wish to comment, please contact me at oldsaltCVA59@gmail.com
Submitted by Old Salt, Douglas McArthur, U.S.S. Forrestal; Ships Company, U.S.S. Saratoga; VA 34 Blue Blaster Squadron, and U.S. Army Reserves (Florida National Guard).