God Bless America, Land That Loves to Eat

America is eating itself to death. Obesity is rampant. The sweet land of liberty has more desire for sweets than liberty. When the advertisements said: “Have it Your Way,” we choose the double cheeseburger and lots of fries.

Indeed, this may be a new long-range strategy for Al Qaeda. In the pursuit of vascular terrorism, the nefarious characters may be buying stock in McDonalds, Burger King, and Pepsico. Advertising for Ryans and Golden Corral—all you can eat until your arteries are completely clogged and they carry you out in a cattle wagon. Starting blogs that constantly reinforce the notion that heavy people are just big-boned and suffering from glandular disorders.

Fatitude is not a respecter of party or ideology. Rotundity is transcending the great political divides from Michael Moore to Rush Limbaugh (yes, I see he’s again the round mound of sound), and from Teddy Kennedy to Dennis Hastert.

Just when we thought there was no hope, two from the South–where there’s nothing that cannot be deep fried and you can get enough cholesterol for breakfast to last you the whole day–are introducing a new campaign to fight fat. Former President Bill Clinton and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday announced the launch of a 10-year initiative to combat childhood obesity, calling it a national epidemic. (h/t: Broken Masterpieces)

It’s a worthy effort from two who have something to say on the matter. Clinton has always had bad eating habits, and paid for with by-pass surgery. Huckabee was huge and lost 110 pounds in the last couple of years. He said in a Newsday interview:

“Two years ago I would not have been asked to be here today to speak to this issue, for the simple reason that I would have been about the worst role model you could have had. My doctor sat me down and said if you don’t change your lifestyle you’re in the last decade of your life.”

Yesterday, Limbaugh said that the campaign needs a new slogan–something like Mrs. Reagan’s anti-drug line: “Just Say No”—-and for Clinton it could be “Just Don’t Swallow.”

Or maybe: “Fight Terrorism. Eat a salad.”

–James Jewell
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About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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