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Politics at the dinner table


In front of the cave dwelling where Mao Zedong lived in Yangjialing, Yan'an, I heard a story: On May 31, 1940, the famous overseas Chinese leader Mr. Chen Kah Kee visited Yan'an at the appointment of Mao Zedong. Just before the cave, the chairman hosted a banquet in honor of Mr. Chen. On a simple dinner table, a bowl of chicken soup, the chicken was sent by the neighbor’s aunt when the chairman came to the distinguished guest; two vegetables, the chairman himself planted, plus a plate of pickles, the total cost was only two yuan. Although simple, the host and guest talked very happily. Not long before, Mr. Tan Kah Kee visited Chongqing. Chiang Kai-shek received Mr. Chen with high standards and ultra-luxury. The dinner only cost 800 yuan. He also arranged banquets for dignitaries from all walks of life. Mr. Chen had to publish a newspaper statement for three consecutive days.
A banquet and two places saw and heard that Mr. Chen saw the different styles of the KMT and the Communist Party. He uttered the famous sigh: "China's hope is in Yan'an."
China is a country of propriety and justice. Since ancient times, its food culture is rich and long. Some meals are also meaningful, such as the Hongmen Banquet "Intention to Peigong" by Xiang Yu at the end of the Qin Dynasty, the banquet for the officials of Liu Yu, the founding emperor of Liu Song in the Southern Dynasty, and the veteran of the Southern Tang Dynasty. Han Xizai’s indisputable dance and music night banquet, the "Cup of Wine and the Power of the Soldier" by the founding emperor of the Northern Song Dynasty Zhao Kuangyin, the "Prefect Banquet" by Ouyangxiu of the Northern Song Dynasty and the people, and the "Thousand Sovereign Banquet" by Emperor Kang and Qian of the Qing Dynasty, etc. Wait. In many cases, meals reflect the political situation.
Today’s food culture has greatly met people’s needs, but there have also been some volatile “work meals”.
Such as the public money that once appeared to be luxurious. In the past, some people ate and drank in the name of business dealings, official banquets, and job consumption, "except airplanes flying in the sky, cars running on the ground, and ships swimming in the water." They dared to eat anything; Tobacco and wine, public eat, eat public, not afraid of expensive, afraid of not expensive, talk about ostentation, more lavish, competitive luxury, a meal of tens of thousands of yuan is the norm, hundreds of thousands, hundreds of thousands of banquets are not uncommon See; poor food must eat poor, and a glass of wine can destroy the country. Some people forget the admonition that "the heavens are cultivated sometimes, the land produces limited wealth", and the ancient motto of "one porridge, one meal, think about it is not easy", forget In response to the warning of "extravagance is recklessness, indifference to all evils" and not practicing frugality, a large part of the waste on the tip of the tongue comes from public banquets.
Corruption often breeds on the dining table, and bad ethos often arises from the interlacing of covetousness. Some people do not spend their minds on work, but are keen on making appointments, rushing to the venue, pulling scenes, supporting the table, keen to make friends with wine and meat, gaining wealth and gaining wealth, and tending to become popular; some people want to take a card and want to make a treat in advance It is necessary to talk about drinking beforehand. The level of the banquet determines the difficulty of doing things; some people eat and give away, eat and eat secretly, and complete the power-to-money transaction and power-to-power transaction between pushing the cup and changing the cup; some people damage the public, gain and fill their own pockets. , Use public funds to pay for personal meals, buy expensive gifts and ride a car for reimbursement; the rich eat and drink, those who are entitled to eat and drink for nothing, and those who have no money are paid for nothing. From time to time, there were scandals of losing one's mood after drinking and being killed at the wine table, which was ridiculed by the masses as “drinking every day and getting drunk every day. Some cadres or their families competed to run restaurants, restaurants and clubs, taking the opportunity to set up cards to make money.
There are also some people who like to go to small gates, drink small wines, spread small talks, pull small circles, engage in small gangs, form small gangs, have three glasses of wine without covering their mouths, inquire about spreading gossip, fiddle with right and wrong, and make false statements. The central government’s irresponsible remarks have made the dining table a hub for inappropriate remarks and frequently violated political discipline.
The phenomenon of eating and drinking with public funds was once a pain point in party style building. Since the implementation of the spirit of the eight central regulations and the anti-"four winds", this phenomenon has been effectively contained and the results have been obvious. However, some dinners wore "invisibility cloaks" and hid in hidden doors, and they revived whenever they had the opportunity; some people did not learn enough about the party constitution and rules, and did not know where the policy boundaries and minefields were; some knew public funds to eat and drink It was wrong, but he couldn't control his mouth, and deceived himself by saying that "the meat and the wine have passed through the intestines, and the party spirit is left in the heart."
"The wind starts at the end of Qingping", eating and drinking with public funds is not a trivial matter. Without the integrity of the style, there would be no integrity. It is not uncommon in history to forget the frugality and indulge in the sensuality of the wine pond and the sensuality of the country. It was from the dinner table in front of the cave dwelling that Mr. Tan Kah Kee saw the frugal and simple style and the spirit of hard work of the Communists. Xi'an can't do Yan'an, Chiang Kai-shek can't do Mao Zedong, and the KMT can't fight the Communist Party. This is the reason.
To purify the circle of friends, start with a meal. Less socializing, more quiet reading; fewer friends of wine and meat, and more peasant brothers, like General Secretary Xi Jinping, serving peasants’ bowls, watching fellow pots, and having a table and chatting with the grassroots. The hearts are connected together. This is politics at the dinner table.

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