As if kids in our state don’t have enough problems (today we learned that half of all U.S. children will go on food stamps at some point), the Democrats continue their efforts to make fun of the fatties. First there was Andy Berke, wanting us to run around knocking the cake out of fat kids’ hands, and now we’ve got Phil Bredesen basically standing before a bunch of Important People talking about how self-evident the problem of fatties are.
Seriously, it’s bad enough that the State Democrats have decided that they should be free to voice their disgust towards fat people in public and to try to codify that disgust into public policy, but that they want to pick on fat children is beyond the pale.
But it makes sense. I mean, are you going to go up to some 300 lb armed redneck and tell him you find him disgusting to look at and you want him to start showing a little more self-restraint?
No, of course not. Democrats may be patronizing, sactimonious asshats who maybe ought to take a look in the mirror (Governor Bredesen) before casting stones, but they’re not stupid.
Pick on people who can’t fight back, like kids. It’s much safer that way.
Here’s an idea. Bring back recess. Put sidewalks in our cities so that kids can move around their neighborhoods without fear of cars. Make our neighborhoods safe enough that parents can let their kids outside without fear. Feed kids school lunches that are actually cooked on-site with fresh ingredients. Make sure that kids can regularly get to doctors. Encourage parents to let their kids roam some. And then mind your own god damn business.
Kids are fat for all kinds of reasons and you can’t tell those reasons just by looking at them. The Butcher always gained a lot of weight right before he hit a growth spurt. If you saw him one month, you’d have called him fat. If you saw him the next, you’d have seen him three or four inches taller. I was fat because I had an undiagnosed condition. Some kids are fat because they’re being molested and they’re trying to make themselves unattractive to their attackers. Some kids are fat because their parents lost their jobs and they are scared and depressed. Some kids are fat because they’re fat. And some kids are fat because they are living Eric Cartmans.
You cannot tell by looking at them. And making fat the problem when it is often a symptom of some underlying problem, just makes you an asshole. I mean, seriously, you’re going to tell the little boy who’s being molested that he needs to lose weight so that he doesn’t cost the state money?
You’re not entitled to live in a world surrounded only by people you find pleasurable to look at.
And this strategy of picking on children?
At the least, it’s unbecoming.