Jul 6, 2010
01:19 PMThe Wind Machine
The Pear Is Ripe
I find it interesting the number of times reference is made to our tree fruits, such as apples, pears, and cherries, in political discussions or in reporting on political events. In future postings to The Wind Machine, I intend to occasionally give evidence of this observation of mine. Sometimes I will mine quotes from recent newspaper or magazine articles, and at other times from history books.
My first example is from history and refers to Otto Von Bismarck, who, for over a quarter of century, was the acknowledged political leader of the lands that ultimately became known as the German Empire. How was the future Iron Chancellor first called to high office in Berlin? It seems King William in 1862 was somewhat shaky politically and needed strengthening, so his Minister of War took it upon himself to secretly call the talented diplomat Bismarck back to Berlin: “ …he telegraphed Bismarck who was traveling in the south of France, the code-words already agreed upon between them, ‘The pear is ripe,’”---and Bismarck then quickly returned to Berlin and soon thereafter was appointed by King William to power.