There’s a hubbub floating in the newstream that Obama admitted to eating dog meat as a child. Apparently politicos are going nuts over the information. Leftists have been bashing Romney over leaving a dog carrier ontop of his car back in the 80′s. Rightists are bashing Obama for eating one.
I say, who the hell cares? Dog meat?
Treat animals humanely, whether you love them as pets or plan to consume them as food, but a personal relationship with any particular animal in no way makes it immoral to eat said species of animal. I would never advocate eating any individual animal who exists as someone’s pet. Like all property, it doesn’t belong to me and I wouldn’t advocate its consumption.
As for all the hubbub over Obama eating one, who the hell cares? He wasn’t born and raised in southeastern Iowa, folks. Even if he’s completely honest and was born/raised in Hawaii, nevermind his trips elsewhere around the globe, eating a dog is likely the least strange thing he’s seen in his life.
And you’re getting your panties in a wad over that?
Please. Get over yourself. Stop judging human activity through purely American standards! We’ve pigeon-holed ourselves into some sort of floating pseudo-moral political correctness, ignoring that we take up a fraction of the world’s population and have some of the most culturally inbred citizens on the planet.
I love America, and I’m not even objecting the cultural inbreeding. We’re free to live in such a wonderful country. We’re free to be ignorant, and that, in itself, is a great blessing. But it doesn’t change the fact that dogs are considered “pets” in only a few places around the world. Where they’re not eaten, they’re killed outright as if they were weasels.
And as for a president eating dog, I’d probably bet money he isn’t the first. Many modern social taboos weren’t developed until the end of the Great Depression, and many presidents were outdoorsmen. It stands to reason that they ate and did a great many things modernity might consider strange.
For all our cultural mores, eating dogs is such an inane thing to accuse a president of as some form of black mark upon his character. I have plenty of things I disagree with Barack Obama upon — his belief in the supremacy of the state, the need to devalue America to level the global playing field, the hope that flushing an economy with capital will improve the lives of people … all sorts of things we disagree upon.
But eating dog meat as a boy is hardly what I’d get my underwear in a wad for.
As for Romney driving across country with the dog on the roof, that could be animal abuse. I wasn’t there, and I don’t know the details. I believe animals should be treated with care. I don’t have much more to say on Romney’s case at the moment. Probably won’t have further on it, either.
That’s all I have tonight!