With the rise of the Nanny State, beginning in earnest as a consequence of WWI and then really gaining steam with Roosevelt’s New Deal and then WWII and continuing to the present day under Marxism-influenced (“You didn’t build that”) Barack Obama, the quintessential character of Americans — the Code of Personal Responsibility — has come under slow but certain destruction.
There are countless examples of this, but today’s short essay is on the American addiction to food and sugary drinks and the idea in this country that one can shove 5,000 calories per day into one’s mouth and then expect government health care to pay for a full knee replacement, or two.
Particularly galling is the recent news that Coca-Cola is attempting to use science to promote the idea that consumption of processed sugar is nothing to worry about.
Coca Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories.
The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists who are advancing this message in medical journals, at conferences and through social media. To help the scientists get the word out, Coke has provided financial and logistical support to a new nonprofit organization called the Global Energy Balance Network, which promotes the argument that weight-conscious Americans are overly fixated on how much they eat and drink while not paying enough attention to exercise. <New York Times, link>
And so the degradation of personal responsibility marches on, from all angles.
A nation cannot remain free without an educated, responsible citizenry, and the state of the Union today is just about where the Founding Fathers feared we might one day be.
Who will lead us out of this blind alley?