It’s time to stand up for the things that really matter: motherhood and apple pie. But mostly, really, apple pie.

After all, what is more American than apple pie? What speaks to our nature as a nation, embodies our very soul, more than apple pie? Apple pie has been the standard of Americanism since the Founding Fathers had dessert. After all, George Washington tied it forever to the unshakable American ideal of honesty in politics when he said of chopping down the cherry, umm, tree that yielded round red fruit, “I cannot tell a lie.”

Pen Campbell lives in Benton Harbor.