Listening to the Republicans attacking each other in their debates, I beg to offer a different question to get this election on the right track. What are their positions on the great soup controversy?
According to David Feldman in his book “Do Elephants Jump?” Campbell’s Alphabet Soup is sold only in North America, meaning only the English alphabet is represented. I suggest each candidate pledge to investigate the possibility of internationalizing the alphabet – having the soup in Chinese, Swahili, Turkish, etc.
By devouring the alphabet of other lands, kids can increase their cultural awareness. This promise would be tied in to the candidates’ educational strategies. In an era where censorship of books in the school curriculum is on the rise, wouldn’t it be nice to introduce an international soup? And don’t forget the help it would do for adults. It’s a fallacy that only kids eat alphabet soup. I’m 62 and devour it every chance I get, which aren’t many, but if the alphabet soup is produced in other languages I pledge to eat it more often. And if too many kids are allergic to wheat, couldn’t the alphabet be made from a soybean product?
Hal Sirowitz email@example.com