The Free World has long been deeply suspicious of Brussels sprouts. Just look at the name. And despite any number of endorsements from Popeye, spinach has always looked remarkably like the stuff on Fidel Castro’s jaw.
Now we know why.
Think Progress, the liberal political site, has posted video from a Sept. 9 town hall meeting held in Elberton by U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, in which he asks us to think twice before we buy into any food pyramids:
Says Broun, a physician who faces Democrat Russell Edwards in November:
”I tell you, we’ve got some big problems in Washington. Big problems. Just today, Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said people in America are not eating enough fruits and vegetables.
“They want to get all the power of the federal government to force you to eat more fruits and vegetables. This is what the federal, CDC – they’re going to be calling people to find out how many fruits and vegetables you eat today. This is socialism of the highest order.”
Debbee Keller, a spokeswoman for Broun, says the congressman was only kidding:
“The CDC’s report states that ‘these findings underscore the need for interventions at national, state, and community levels….’
“Dr. Broun was simply making a joke to highlight a more serious issue. With 15 million unemployed individuals, the federal government should be more focused on relieving tax and regulatory burdens in order to spur growth in the economy than the dietary habits of individuals.”
But what’s troubling me now is that, if Broun has indeed latched onto the next frontier of socialism, what else may be out there? And is there anything more symbolic of gooey collectivism – perhaps communism itself — than a bowl of grits?
And what are we to do about it? Aside from adding butter and salt, I mean.