Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.
Way back when, Andy Warhol said that, in the future, everybody would be famous for 15 minutes.
Then the polarization of American political discourse happened. Suddenly everybody was Adolf Hitler for 15 minutes.
Now, with the expansion of the Paranoid American Security state, everybody is a national security threat for 15 minutes. Currently at bat, fat kids:
“Military leaders … tell us that when more than one in four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight,” the first lady says in the prepared remarks, “childhood obesity isn’t just a public health threat, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as well.”
Caesar loves to do this. When I was a kid everything was about the Space Race, so everything from the rubber in my sneakers to Space Food Sticks was “space age” technology and tied into our race to beat the Russkies to the moon. More recently, everything has been about being green. Now with the ongoing panic about the Grand War on Terror, more and more stuff is getting sucked into the vortex of being a National Security Threat. So the campaign to eliminate childhood chubbies can’t just be about having healthier kids.
Nope. Fat kids are a NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT!!!!! If we don’t do something then the TERRORISTS WILL HAVE WON!!!!