The ability to think “big picture” is one I think a lot of people on both sides of the political debate lack. And while I’ll fully admit I’ve met many liberals who lack the ability to think beyond the short-term, it’s an epidemic that plagues nearly the entire Republican party.
After all, these are the people who say idiotic things like, “It’s cold outside – so much for global warming!”
But Fox News’ Tucker Carlson perfectly displayed the type of ignorance I see with most conservatives I encounter.
On Fox News’ new show Out Numbered, Carlson essentially downplayed the problem with poverty, while mocking poor people by boasting about the obesity rate among poorer Americans.
Carlson said, “All of us should be happy about one thing, and it’s that for the first time in human history you have a country whose poor people are fat. So this does show this sort of amazing abundance. For the last however many millennia, poor people starved to death. And this is a country that’s so rich, whose agriculture sector is so vibrant and at the cutting edge technologically, that our food is so cheap, poor people are fat! I mean, I don’t know. We shouldn’t take that for granted.”
Healthy food is expensive. You know what’s not expensive? Chicken nuggets. Pizza. Hot dogs. Fried foods in general. Pretty much all the unhealthy crap that’s sure to take years off the lives of millions of impoverished Americans who can’t afford to buy healthier foods.
If you doubt me, take identical shopping lists to Whole Foods and Walmart then see which place you spend more money.
But he didn’t stop there. Carlson continued, “Go to a rich neighborhood, there’s not a single fat person on the street. No one smokes cigarettes, no one’s overweight.”
Ignoring the fact that this statement is 100% inaccurate, maybe the reason why obesity might not be as prevalent within richer neighborhoods is because they have the money to buy the healthier foods, afford gym memberships and hire things like personal trainers to stay in better shape?
Just a thought.
But the total ignorance Carlson displayed here was astounding. For him to sit there and seemingly try to boast about how our poor don’t have it so bad because they’re “obese” was a perfect example of the small-minded nature of conservative thinking. Instead of taking into account that most food that poor people can afford is extremely unhealthy, he tried to perpetuate the idea that because people aren’t starving that they’re not doing so badly.
Except millions of poor people in this county are starving. Another fact this idiot completely ignores.
What he should really be thinking about is why in a country such as the United States, where we claim to be a world leader, do we have so many millions of Americans living in poverty? Why are so many people going to bed hungry? Why is the gap between the rich and the other 98% of Americans at its widest level in history?
I’ve always thought Tucker Carlson was a spineless pile of garbage who fed off the ignorance of the conservatives who actually listen to his nonsense – and his latest comments only solidified my belief.
Here’s the clip via Fox News: