I’ve already complained enough times about the adverse effect the stupid food scolds are having on people who need honest and accurate, fact- and science-based help with struggles on weight loss and/or general fitness. The more I look at it the more I see that at least 90% of “nutrition” information, from the lefties, is wrong. And it is some preachy, so elitist, so off-putting that any reasonable person who isn’t just a blind faddist who will follow these charlatans around would just dismiss it all.
This means real and useful and accurate advice is very hard to come by and simultaneously totally needed. Some of the lefties (and I’m still a leftie) are just as irrational and anti-science (via the indirect path of being anti-corporate) as any creationist or global warming denialist is.
And therein lies the problem. The left is shooting itself in the foot with this stupidity about food.
Take gluten-free, the fad-du-jour. Less than 1% of the population has any reason to avoid to gluten, yet 30% of the population is now doing it (and, btw, getting suckered by the food industry who laughs at their stupidity slapping gluten-free labels on food that never had any gluten to being with – how many of the 30% even know what gluten is!) This insanity is then so easy to ridicule that any fool can do it.
And that’s what bugs me. The nasty rightwingnuts see this opening to poke gaping holes in any leftish argument and totally discredit valid leftie complaints by exposing the stupid and wrong leftie complaints. The rightwingnuts lump together the stupid/wrong with the smart/correct and slam both.
Now for the most part the rightwingnuts could care less what we eat. Only a few of them even really use libertarian type arguments. Mostly they know that the public will go for the kale fad until they’re fed up (an amusing phrase to use in this context) and return to cake and cookies and candy and greasy burgers. So the stupidity of the leftie food scolds will just burn out like all the other fad diets. So there is no point even taking shots at it.
So why is the right so happily attacking something they don’t care about? Because they do care about oil, and subsidies for the rich, and the banks stealing from us, and so stopping any action on global warming, or financial regulation, or providing health care is their real goal. By discrediting the lefties on their food nonsense they put a big dent in their credibility on the serious issues where the left is on the right side.
No wonder Jenny McCarthy is on the view – show the stupidity of the anti-vaxers. Let the lefties rant about GMO, showing how they don’t believe science and then sneak in creationism in the schools. Let the left denounce Larry Summers as sexist and then hide the incredibly bad and wrong economic policies he supports.
It’s the old magician’s trick, misdirect the eye while picking your pocket.
And the stupid lefties fall for it, acting like total idiots on all this food nonsense they spew.
So it’s worse than merely harming people who need real and accurate nutrition and fitness help. It opens the door for the rightwingnuts to continue with their greedy and earth-destroying policies that are a lot bigger threat to us than even too many burgers.
So sad the lefties just walked into this sucker punch.