- First they came for the steak.
The latest gaseous ripple in the vast Right-Wing paranoia fever-swamp comes from Iowa congressman Steve King, who thinks the Humane Society is “run by vegetarians with an agenda whose goal is to take meat off everyone’s table in America.” Yikes.
King seems to think there’s something sinister about HSUS using its power and money to lobby in Washington against all forms of animal cruelty, some of aspects of which include cracking down on the horrifyingly awful Meat Industrial Complex that is so vital to King’s state. It’s actually not a bad political move from King, to try to lump the respected (and, indeed, powerful) HSUS into the same category as the bipartisanly annoying PETA, i.e. “The Human Society is nothing but a bunch of Liberal Elitist Communo-Fascist-Islamo Hippies who will take your meat and give it to terrorists.” (It’s true, you know, that’s our plan.)
I used to think that the love of, say, dogs was one of those wonderfully universal, apolitical sentiments that could create common ground for people from across the political spectrum, but I’m kind of doubtful of even that anymore. There seems, now, to be a big divide between the purebred aficionados and the shelter dog/mutt lovers. I’m a member of the latter camp and feel pretty strongly about the distorting power of breed fetishization, from both a “dog as commodity” and a “dog as genetic experiment” perspective.
I think that makes me a Liberal Hippie Communist Moonbat. So be it.