The globalist elite take pleasure in schoolmarming us to death without practicing what they preach, refusing to lead by example. The left lectures working-class folks about their lifestyle choices contributing to global warming right before hopping on a private jet or cooking up some steaks on a barbecue. You will not see champagne socialists drink cockroach milk, eat insects, or take the bus – that is for the peasants. These progressives could gain a serving of respect and a spoonful of credibility and perhaps even encourage the cynics if they adopted these proposals for themselves. Would you say this is too much to ask?
Meat and Greet in Iowa
The Polk Country Democrats held their Steak Fry event in Iowa over the weekend, featuring empty platitudes, presidential candidates, and thousands of sizzling steaks – 10,500 to be exact. To showcase a modicum of inclusiveness and consistency, the event organizers also offered 1,000 vegan burgers, half that was probably tossed into the waste bin.
Seventeen of the candidates participated in the festivities, including the top-tier ones: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). Wait, sorry, scratch out that last name. We really meant to say Marianne Williamson – it must have been that dark psychic force that inserted itself into the word processor!
But while the culinary indulgences of the 2020 presidential hopefuls might not be a newsworthy affair, the weekend’s fun, desperation, and pandering baked us some good old-fashioned hypocrisy pie.
And the irony was not lost on Hawkeye State Republicans either. The Iowa GOP issued a pun-filled statement about the candidates “butchering their positions” and engaging in “a cook-off between socialism and President Trump’s winning, America First agenda.”
Is this another case of do as I say, not say as I do?
Democrats’ Beef with Beef
Speaking in a recent interview with CNN, the South Bend mayor espoused that if you are eating a burger or using a straw, then you are part of the problem. Well, at least he admitted that he was part of that quandary, too, so he deserves a two-for-one Big Mac deal at the nearest McDonald’s.
During CNN’s seven-hour (gasp!) climate change town hall, Sen. Harris agreed that Americans should be eating less red meat and that the state needs to take action to rein in their meat consumption. Her proposal involved using incentives to steer consumers away from the butcher shop and to modify the dietary guidelines. Her remarks came just two weeks after being jubilant over finally indulging in a giant pork chop at the Iowa State Fair.
Sen. Sanders adopted the PETA idea of taxing meat, though he conceded that he enjoys getting his hands on animal products like he does taxpayers’ wallets. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who appears to have abandoned reason and rationality to gain traction in the primaries, wants to place a levy on cow emissions.
Sen. Booker, a practicing vegan, thinks meat-eating will eventually destroy the planet. He likes the idea of ending subsidies for the meat and dairy industry, which would satisfy the appetites of libertarians everywhere.
As usual, Sen. Warren has evaded the meat queries, deferring to her go-to response of “give me a break!” Perhaps that is the name of an ancient recipe passed down to the senator from her great-great-great-great Native cousin twice removed. Who knows?
United Steaks of America
Legendary thespian from The Simpsons, Troy McClure, the star of such classics as P is for Psycho and Get Confidence, Stupid!, warned us about the danger of one menace grazing the lands of America: “Don’t kid yourself, Jimmy. If a cow ever got the chance, he’d eat you and everyone you care about.” But no longer do you have to consider meat-eating a form of self-defense. The 2020 Democratic cavalry, also known as the A.O.C. Justice League Avengers, has arrived to rescue us from these grass-chewing fiends through taxation, regulation, and other public policy instruments – as they chew the fat on their pork chops.