Help. I need a new designation. Long ago, I began using Ethics Dunce to describe individuals whose ethics alarms failed to work when they were most needed, resulting in clearly unethical and indefensible conduct. Later, EA began using the label “Fick,” after the recently departed Leroy Fick, to describe someone who was unethical and defiant about it. Since the American Left began going, as Bill Maher said recently with unusual perspicacity, “mental,” “Ethics Dunce” has seemed increasingly inadequate.
Many of the assertions and actions we have seen aren’t the result of malfunctioning ethics alarms, they arise from a deliberate attempt to redefine what is right while abusing power, position and influence to do so. “Dunce” is too mild; dunces can’t help themselves. The new breed are nascent totalitarians: should I add “Totalitarian of the Month”?
New York City public school cafeterias are going vegan-only on Fridays under a new policy from famously health-conscious Mayor Adams, who has touted the benefits of a vegan diet.
City school cafeterias were already completely “meatless” on Mondays and Fridays, thanks in part to a vegetarian school food pilot program launched by Adams while he was Brooklyn borough president.
But the shift to vegan-only Fridays — which starts this week — will take plant-based eating to another level in city schools, knocking dairy-based vegetarian mainstays like mac and cheese, pizza and mozzarella sticks off the menu.
“Plant-based options in schools means healthy eating and healthy living, and improving the quality of life for thousands of New York City students,” said Adams. “Plant-based meals are delicious and nutritious, which is why I previously called for vegetarian and vegan options in schools. I’m thrilled to see that all students will now have access to healthy foods that will prevent debilitating health conditions.”
Are New York City parents really going to meekly accept this?
This isn’t education, it is, again, indoctrination. Nor was Adams elected to give him leave to force his own health and diet beliefs on children. Veganism is an extremist cult, fine for adults to engage in for themselves, unethical (and dangerous) for inflicting on children, infants and pets. (Yes, many cats have been killed this way.)
On the Tufts Medical Center website’s page about Vegan diets, Tufts Medical Center Registered Dietitian Alicia Romano, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, whom I believe we can all accept knows more about human nutrition than Adams, who never graduated from a four year college and whose career includes no stops in anything remotely related to health, has a more informed view. In response to the question, “Is there anyone who should NOT be vegan? “, her immediate answer is “Growing children should not be on a vegan diet due to lack of essential vitamins, minerals and proteins needed for these growing bodies. Other individual considerations should be discussed with your health professional before starting a diet or lifestyle change.”
Growing children—you mean like K-12 students?
Well, it’s only one meal a week, right? So a single mandated all edible bugs lunch a week would similarly be acceptable, if the Mayor liked to eat bugs.
New York is one of those states, like California, Oregon and Washington, where The Great Stupid is epidemic. Thus the Daily News was able to find health “experts” who applaud the Mayor’s dictates. Nicholas Freudenberg for example, a professor of public health and director of CUNY’s Urban Food Policy Institute, pointed to the environmental benefits of reducing meat consumption. Yes, forcing kids to eat meatless meals one day a week will slow climate change.
My favorite part of the story, however, is this at the end:
“Milk, which is required to be served under federal USDA guidelines, will still be offered.”
Then it’s not a vegan meal.
Isn’t the Great Stupid fun, as long as you can resist jumping off a bridge?