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Hershey’s vs. Reese’s

“Do you prefer Hershey’s or Reese’s?”, my neighbor asked each trick-or-treater as they approached her bowl of candy. She likes to maintain her reputation of giving out full-sized candy bars to her Halloween clientele despite her inability to get the usual 2-for-1 deal at the grocery store this year.

“Hershey’s!” was the overwhelming response.

WHAT??? Who would want a plain old chocolate bar when you could have TWO giant peanut butter cups??

I watched this scene unfold over and over again, from the  early-comers who showed up while it was still light out to the last sweep of “tall” kids who, when asked, replied that they were dressed up as “Ummm… teenage boys?” At the end of the night, a good 25% of the 72 Reese’s packages were still left after the Hershey’s had been wiped out an hour before.

“What do you think this is about?” I asked the neighbor. She shrugged her shoulders so high they almost touched the brim of her spangly pink cowgirl hat. “I don’t know. Peanut allergies maybe?”

That was the very fuel I needed for this blog post. It illustrated this year’s political environment perfectly.

Whether or not there was any truth to the peanut allergy idea keeping kids from choosing the Reese’s cups, there is a certain reality to the fact that people have become so aware of the existence of this sensitivity that it has taken on a life of its own. And so, builds the political wave of apprehension in this country.

I was witnessing a new generation of Americans being taught to fear. I don’t discount the fact that there are people who suffer legitimately from this anaphylactic anxiety and have thus petitioned schools to not allow peanut products on their premises, but there are many more who create opposition to a questionable threat. They think it’s better to simply avoid any possibility of trouble than to challenge the conventional wisdom and step boldly forward armed with knowledge and maybe EpiPens.

Tomorrow, we will vote between the seemingly safe “Hershey party” and that other one that just can’t seem to keep from pushing its more adventurous but possibly harmful agenda on us.

If my unscientific polling bears any truth, it seems clear which way the bureaucratic palate is trending. Looks like the “Reese’s party” and its peanut gallery have some serious re-educating to do before the next election. Or maybe they just need better commercials….

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  1. November 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Reese was an offical sponsor of the Rally to Restore Freedom and is my youngest boy’s first name. Hello Reese–the sweetest of all!!!!!

  2. November 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    not *freedom* but *sanity*. my bad.

  3. November 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I think it’s fair to mix up *freedom* with *sanity*….:)

  4. November 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    As for the politics, there really is no truly safe candy. They all cause cavities and fat deposits in places we don’t want them. As for the candy, my daughter would have chosen Reeses. I’ve already been ordered to steer clear of that precious commodity during my nighttime raids of the candy stash. That girl knows her mom.

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