It seems like just yesterday when Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was trying to pass so-called Ag Gag legislation to prevent undercover factory farm investigations. Prior to his Ag-Gag addiction, he fought to make dog fighting, puppy mills, eating cat meat, and cockfighting legal and supported the slaughter of polar bears for sport-hunting. So many animals to kill, so little time!
King, a hired-gun who never met an issue he isn’t willing to propagandize for personal gain, has a new enemy: Meatless Mondays. His most recent assault on the phantom menace of Meatless Mondays provides additional insight into his penchant for vomiting misinformation. In this gem of a YouTube video, he claims that we’re “starving our military for meat” and that “we need them to be aggressive and healthy…with a lot of protein to defend our country.”
Imagine if our military had to defend the United States eating beans, grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables packed with protein and other essential nutrients. Unthinkable! They need the cholesterol and saturated fat filled bacon cheeseburgers–and the diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer that come with it–to win wars. After all, if they ate more plant-based food on Mondays–one day of the week, they may wind up looking like professional bodybuilder Torre Washington who has been vegan for 18 years.
King conveniently didn’t mention that many members of the military are listening to their doctors and “eating less, exercising more and downing more fruits and vegetables” so they can better defend our country.
King also crawled onto social media to spew his fountain of distortions and predictably juvenile comments.
Of course, he neglected to mention that Johns Hopkins School of Public Health recently explained that eating less meat would make our military healthier, stronger, and more prepared for battle and that claims to the contrary ignore the science of human nutrition.
King conveniently left out that even Kaiser Permanente recently suggested doctors recommend a plant-based food plan for all of their patients. They found, “Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods.”
King will go to extraordinary lengths to portray himself as the last soldier on Bunker Hill defending the nation from the tyranny of ethical vegans. But, this emperor has no clothes. And as John Adams once said, “Facts are stubborn things.”