Fast Food is evil
When you think, “fast food” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? It probably wasn’t the word, “healthy”. More likely, it was fried foods, fat, junk, sugar, or unhealthy. When academia, media elite, and politicians demonize fast food, we quietly nod in agreement.
Admit it, you know it’s not a healthy dining choice, but when you’re on the road, in a hurry, or short on cash, you find yourself waiting in the drive-thru.
Penn and Teller recently tackled this topic on their show, Bulls**t! I watched the episode last night and it forced me to think about a topic I had not previously given much brain-time.
(The entire episode is provided at the end of this article.)
Some of you are aware that there is a move to “regulate” foods judged to be unhealthy. Regulate is another term for “tax”. Why not? It is “for our own good” and discouraging people from fatty foods “protects children.” (As I have written before, who can oppose anything that’s “for the children.”) My knee-jerk reaction was to want to agree.
Everywhere you look, there are fat blobs running around and you realize these are kids. You look at people around you and realize far too many are fat. Finally, you glance at a photo your wife took of you at the beach and think, that stupid camera makes me look so freakin’ fat. (Yeah that happened to me.)
Then one of those skinny self-righteous elites appears on the TV with their nose clearly pinned up and they tell you it’s all because of fast food and something must be done to “nudge” people away from making bad food choices. What do you think? Heck yeah something should be done, because I certainly can’t control myself!
It’s rare that I visit fast food restaurants these days. I simply don’t enjoy most greasy fried foods anymore. Oh I still love buffalo wings, pizza, a home-grilled hamburger, and my occasional visit to Taco Bell, but all in moderation. It’s my personal choice.
The real question is, “Should we as a free society, micromanage dietary choices?” At what point do we tell the government to mind their own damn business? Slowly, over the past 50 years, we’ve allowed the government to regulate so much of our daily lives, that the question of whether they should be allowed to tax and zone certain foods out of our lives has lost the controversy it should be generating.
Last night I watched the episode of Penn and Teller: Bullshit!, that explored this issue. It was enlightening and gave me the courage to resist my jerking knee and look at the bigger picture.
I don’t know how long before YouTube pulls down this content but here is the episode that appeared on Showtime.
WARNING: The language is “R” rated and not suitable for children or others who might be offended.