Friday, April 30, 2010

Silence And Salt

Michelle Malkin:

From the "It's a little like hiring John Edwards to be your marriage counselor but way worse" file, we find yet another pathetic reason the US should have nothing to do with the United Nations:

NEW YORK — Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged "immodest."

Just days after Iran abandoned a high-profile bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, it began a covert campaign to claim a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women, which is "dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women," according to its website.

They left out that women's cleavage causes earthquakes, and women are arrested and who knows what else for the crime of being suntanned.

Iranian activists circulated and submitted a petition asking that member states oppose Iran's appointment, but that piece of paper was apparently tossed on the UN's pile of unpaid parking tickets and quickly forgotten.

No word from Barack Obama or any other liberal feminist about how this is a bad idea.  Hm, I wonder why.  I guess pro-Muslim political correctness trumps pro-woman political correctness, thus the silence.

On the other hand, they have a great deal to say on the subject of how much salt you eat every day:

The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.

What??  Look, it's one thing for the government to require that all foods clearly indicate their ingredients and the specific quantities of everything in them; it's completely another to actually regulate how much of any food you get.  This change in policy is essentially saying that Americans are too stupid to make the right decision on what they eat.

Thank you, Nanny State, may I please have another!

Being sold as a solution to the risks of high sodium conditions like cardiovascular disease, Hot Air points out the fact that salty foods have not been shown to be linked to CVD.  But, you know liberals - they never let the facts get in the way of a good cause!

Not surprisingly, most Americans oppose this idiotic idea of regulating salt.  For one thing, how would it be enforced?  Would there be a new Salt Police?  Legal Insurrection looks on the bright side: if a Salt Police is actually formed, it might create a few jobs.  It would be the first concrete jobs plan Obama has offered the nation.

Nevertheless, as with most thing political, it all comes down to freedom and power.  Do Americans have the freedom -- translate: power -- to make choices about their own health and diet?  Or, does the government have the power to take away Americans' freedom, even to the point of dictating what we eat on a daily basis?

If liberals get their way, they will have total control over every aspect of American life, while at the same time remaining silent on truly disturbing things like global human rights policy being dictated by one of the worst human rights offenders in the world.  If that's the kind of America you want to live in, by all means keep voting for liberal Democrats.

There's my two cents.

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