Thanks for exposing this fraudulent article. However, as someone currently trying out a plant-based (“vegan”) diet, I have to admit it’s rather insulting how you treat the concept. I don’t think it’s such an outlandish idea myself, and I bet there are some readers in the North Houston area who agree. (Well, I won’t bet money; perhaps they have to hide their dietary predilections in your area?).
I’ve been reading that a plant based diet actually has real health benefits, including a reduced chance of death from most of the major causes of death in America today (heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke and more). It may both extend life, and improve the quality of it. You personally may not want to give up your pulled pork, but you could consider increasing the amount of beans and vegetables alongside it, or on alternate pork-free days. You may improve your own and your family’s health, and decrease the level of pollution, and decrease pressures on land and water resources in our country. I recommend checking out this website: nutritionfacts.org.
Professional protesting now a career?
Perhaps in the past, people did just complain to their friends and family about politics, but many feel woke by the current political climate and have decided staying quiet or complaining around their dinner table is no longer viable. As a stay-at-home-mom, I do have the freedom to go to protests while my kids are at school. No one pays me, although I’ll admit, some income for something I am going to do anyway would be nice!
On any given day we feel action needs to be taken, I have a whole network of friends around Houston who will take their kids to a Senator’s office or stop by a coffee shop to write postcards. I also have friends with flexible schedules or who work unconventional hours in every sector from sales to academia. For many, going to to Woman’s March in Washington or Austin was not spontaneous. It took coordination with spouses, travel arrangements, and financial situations into consideration. Does planning or not planning lessen the impact? I don’t truly understand what spontaneity has to do with caring about justice?
And yes, I know a mom from my kids’ school and her teenage daughter, as well as a handful of childless neighbors, were able to head to IAH on a moment’s notice when they heard through a grapevine that like-minded people would be there defending the rights of other humans. We don’t do this because we are paid or have nothing else to do. We do this because we are Americans, believers in our Constitution, and care about others. I’m sorry if Jeff wants us to go back to complaining around our kitchen tables or office water coolers, but we’re not backing down. We will persist.