Lifestyle Nazi Update

"We are not doing the same kind of things with obesity that we have done with smoking and alcohol as far as the government is concerned. It's got to be like smoking, a constant drumbeat."

That's former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, appearing on CNN, January 11, 2000, calling for the nation's lifestyle Nazis to attack fat people as they attacked smokers. The strategy for the war on lifestyle choices is amply documented by Guest Choice Network whose web site is:

Lifestyle Nazis aren't settling on just obesity, they're beginning to target meat consumption. Dr. Neal Barnard, president of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says, "It's time we looked at holding the meat producers and fast-food outlets legally responsible. Meat consumption is just as dangerous to public health as tobacco use." Doing their part to ban meat consumption, professors at law schools such as Harvard, Rutgers and Georgetown are teaching "animal law" courses. Animals are seen as plaintiffs. Law professors contemplate using old slavery statutes that authorized legal nonpersons to bring lawsuits. Before long we might see chickens, cows, pigs and other farm animals in court.

Morgan Leyh, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) says, "Eating meat is a rich versus poor issue. The rich get fat on meat, while the poor are starving because all the grain is feed to cattle. It's selfish to eat meat - there is no excuse for eating meat." That's unadulterated stupidity. In our country, obesity is mostly a health problem of poor people. But stupidity is par for the course for PETA. It was PETA president, Ingrid Newkirk who said slaughter of millions of chickens is a greater tragedy than the Nazi holocaust. She also believes that a boy is no more valuable than a clam. PETA has fellow travelers. Guest Choice quotes fellow traveler, Paul Shapiro, a member of Compassion Over Killing, as saying, "Animals are the most oppressed group on the face of the planet. Eating meat is unethical - it is not your right to say an animal's life is worth a pleasant taste sensation in your mouth."

Suppose we didn't eat cows but just drank their milk? We wouldn't be off the hook; there are anti-milk Nazis. Robert Cohen, director of the Anti-Dairy Coalition, who Guest Choice calls the "Notmilk Man", says that there is "no nutritional value to drinking milk." He advises that bone disease is caused by dairy consumption and predicts that we would all live to be 100 years or more were it not for Monsanto's genetically modified milk.

Here's a wager: I bet these and other lifestyle Nazis are also strong proponents of gun control and repeal of our Second Amendment guarantees. Why? They want us to be defenseless. If C. Everett Koop wants me to stop eating meat and Robert Cohen wants me to stop drinking milk, let them physically stop me. They won't risk that because they're cowards. So instead they want to enlist Congress and the courts to go after weak sisters - America's restaurant owners and businessmen.

We Americans who've demanded government subsidized health care are the unwitting dupes for these people. We've given them an excuse to interfere with every aspect of our lives in the name of health care costs.

Guest Choice has done yeoman's work in documenting the attack on our personal liberties but they've mistakenly labeled these people as "nannies." Nanny is not an appropriate label for people who'd use the coercive, brutal powers of government to impose their values on others. More fitting labels are: tyrants, totalitarians and yes, Nazis.

Walter E. Williams
May 22, 2000
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