Yesterday Michael Moore wrote a piece that I saw on both HuffingtonPost and DemocraticUnderground. "My Action Plan: 15 Things Every American Can Do Right Now".
Now, I'm not going to even touch most of this piece. For one thing, it will be dissected and either mocked or applauded all over the blogosphere so there's no need for one more entry on his politics. Moore's pretty blatant about his socialist ideas, and none of that is new or news.
That said, there IS a bit in Moore's piece I have to address. When it comes to his politics, he's been called out for his hypocrisy before, and it doesn't phase him. But this time he's taken the "Do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do" elitist nonsense to a new level. You see, in his "Action Plan" he has graciously included his "Diet Plan". Ready?
Turn off the TV and the Blackberry and go for a 30-minute walk every day. Eat
fruits and vegetables and cut down on anything that has sugar, high fructose
corn syrup, white flour or too much sodium (salt) in it (and, as Michael Pollan
says, "Eat (real) food, not too much, mostly plants").
I'm sorry. Have you seen Michael Moore? Let's have another look, shall we?
Or how about this one?
THIS is the man who says the rest of us should "Eat (real) food, not too much, mostly plants"
Are you shitting me, Michael?
We've (unfortunately) become used to the class that considers itself our betters giving advice and orders for the peons to follow, but which never seem to apply to the inner circle. We have Rangel the tax cheat setting tax policy for the rest of us. We have a president who smokes cigarettes himself but who has not called out the higher rates for smokers in the proposed health bill. We have legislators who can't be bothered to read bills they'll be voting on telling the rest of us we don't need to read the bills for ourselves (because it would force them to read the bills in order to debate us later).
And now we have this tub of guts, this poster boy for the positive points of anorexia, this morbidly obese slob who often appears to be dirty as well as fat telling the rest of us how to eat?! I don't think so.
I don't believe for a minute Michael Moore follows this plan. Not for one bloody second do I buy it. Nobody who walks 30 minutes a day and eats "(real) food, not too much, mostly plants" looks like Michael Moore. If he can prove this is what he does every day of his life as he is advising the rest of us, I'll eat one of my sneakers.
And if he DOES follow that eating plan himself and STILL looks the way he does... well, isn't that all the argument we need to NOT follow his diet advice? Considering the rest of us are almost universally smaller than Moore, wouldn't it be a terrible mistake to begin a diet regimen that would turn us all into... well... disgusting blobs?
Nope. Sorry. Not falling for it. I think Michael Moore is a hypocrite and a liar, more now than ever before. And if the diet plan he advises every American to follow is how he maintains his own... um... figure... well, he can keep following it himself and provide shade for the rest of us.