The promised land

An article  on the website of the American Heart Association opens with this:

Once considered primarily a problem of the poor, obesity is growing fastest in among those making more than $60,000 a year, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's 45th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.

At first sight this sentence may not appear particularly remarkable, but the implication that there exists a country where obesity is the bane of the poor is truly astonishing by all historical standards. All throughout history, the poor lived in almost continual fear of starvation and most suffered from some form of malnutrition. This still holds true for most of the world. Just ask the poor in Africa, India, China, Russia, Cuba and most other countries on the globe. You can even ask their middle classes who, for the most part, will tell you that they do not have excess food to throw around.

The situation is obviously different in America where the poor suffer from the opposite problem — too much food.
 
In olden times, God promised the 'chosen' to partake of the fat of the land. Today in America land the 'unchosen' — or the 'less fortunate' as liberals prefer to call them — tend to be fat. And it should not go unmentioned that many of the 'unchosen' are often so by their own choice.

Although life is not always easy and things not always perfect, America is the closest this earth has ever had to the Promised Land. Most of the world knows it which is why so many try to come and live here. One group that decidedly does not is American liberals who constantly whine and complain about how bad and rotten things are in these United States. They are but ignorami who know nothing of how life is elsewhere or how it was in times past.

After everything is said and done, one thing remains true: America is one great country. So great, in fact, that even its poor can become obese if they choose to. What more does one need to say?

Vasko Kohlmayer   5 16 06

An article  on the website of the American Heart Association opens with this:

Once considered primarily a problem of the poor, obesity is growing fastest in among those making more than $60,000 a year, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's 45th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.

At first sight this sentence may not appear particularly remarkable, but the implication that there exists a country where obesity is the bane of the poor is truly astonishing by all historical standards. All throughout history, the poor lived in almost continual fear of starvation and most suffered from some form of malnutrition. This still holds true for most of the world. Just ask the poor in Africa, India, China, Russia, Cuba and most other countries on the globe. You can even ask their middle classes who, for the most part, will tell you that they do not have excess food to throw around.

The situation is obviously different in America where the poor suffer from the opposite problem — too much food.
 
In olden times, God promised the 'chosen' to partake of the fat of the land. Today in America land the 'unchosen' — or the 'less fortunate' as liberals prefer to call them — tend to be fat. And it should not go unmentioned that many of the 'unchosen' are often so by their own choice.

Although life is not always easy and things not always perfect, America is the closest this earth has ever had to the Promised Land. Most of the world knows it which is why so many try to come and live here. One group that decidedly does not is American liberals who constantly whine and complain about how bad and rotten things are in these United States. They are but ignorami who know nothing of how life is elsewhere or how it was in times past.

After everything is said and done, one thing remains true: America is one great country. So great, in fact, that even its poor can become obese if they choose to. What more does one need to say?

Vasko Kohlmayer   5 16 06