...because everyone else is.
This e-mail letter came addressed to yours truly, and with some notion that I am a comrade of the folks over at the Concerned Citizens Network.
On a matter of principle, I've never joined a club or organization with the word "concerned" in its title. "Concerned citizens" steers me to even more skepticism. If you can't bother to say what you're for, why organize? In this case, the cause is veganism. And if you plumb into the depths of the concerned's website, you’ll see that veganism is the answer to a mounting list of humanity's hobgoblins and pinching crises, including our impending doom from climate and trace gasses.
The ruling class likes a crisis. So do the professionally aggrieved. It gives them something important to do and a way to concentrate power to fulfill their world view (or in this case our destiny. Our destiny!)
When the climate is out to kill us, it's necessary to go vegan to rescue ourselves.
When we're a nation of fatties, veganism is a necessity that must be implemented by fiat and law.
If it's not veganism, its carbon. If it's not carbon, it's nuclear power. If it's not nuclear power, it's population control. If it's not population control it's deficit control.
Regardless of the season on earth, Something. Must. Be. Done.
William Pitt the Younger, prime minister of England at the turn of the 19th century burned that straw man for eternity when he said, "Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves."
Here is "my fellow journalist" urging me toward action. I wonder how many "journalists" buy it?:
Food Policy Determines Our Destiny
Dear Fellow Journalist Steve,
If you know of an important solution which could save millions of lives and the world, would you choose to keep quiet or to help to put out the fire?
We all want a healthier nation with cleaner water, cleaner air, food free from toxic chemicals and genetic modification, and to curb the climate change crisis. With a huge financial deficit, high unemployment, food security issues, water shortage crisis, and rising health care costs, just one single change in our food policy, we can significantly alleviate each of the issues above and reset things back to the right track. Now is the time to do it.
The 2012 Farm Bill does not only impact to the future of United States, it also affects the welfare of people all over the world. Tell Congress to start subsidies for Organic Plant Farming. By helping farmers transition and succeed in Organic Plant Farming, United States will build a solid foundation for sustainable agriculture. It is a win win policy for the government, farmers, taxpayers, consumers and the world. This new food policy will determine our destiny.
A good practice goes a long way beyond staying with the law. We urge you to help American recognize the cruel truth about the meat culture. A shift to plant-based Organic Agriculture is the quickest way to restore the health of each American and the health of our Planet. For the continual survival of the human race, food choice is no longer a personal preference.
Join us. Sign the letter today and share the solution.
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