We are the 1 percenters, my wife and I.
I take the bus to work each morning and ride my bike home at night. Roxie hangs our clothes out on the line to dry.
I make beer and wine. She makes jelly, pickles and laundry detergent from scratch.
We compost, do our own home repairs and recycle plastic newspaper bags — what, you think we cart our groceries home in plastic or even paper bags? No, we’ve been doing the cloth bag thing for years.
And long before that, when the kids were babies in he ’80s and ’90s, we went the cloth diaper route, as well.
We’re oddballs. The three Rs — reuse, reduce, recycle has always been our mantra. Not just because we wanted to save money, but somewhere along the way it seemed like the smart approach.
You become less of a burden on society and environment, and you’re more self reliant. Which is another way of saying, less dependent on The Man, to use hippie speak, and one should whenever possible. (Far out.)
This is not to brag so much (kinda) but it’s something of a realization — the 1 percent thing — that hit me today as I read some of the responses to Michelle Obama’s new book: “American Grown, The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.”
You know the story behind the tome. Our First Lady was concerned about her kids’ health, then turned that into a much-needed campaign against childhood obesity through the vehicle of a White House vegetable garden. Now, she’s written a book.
Long before the publishing deal, knuckleheads on the right attacked mobama for tearing up the White House lawn and planting vegetables the way Eleanor Roosevelt did during WWII. They’ve accused her of both fakery and extravagance in terms of having White House staff tend to a modern-day victory garden.
More pointedly, she’s been accused of f using the White House garden as a club to bully kids and families into eating healthier. (“Don’t take away our Skittles!) And also that the release of the book in a presidential election year is meant more to help her husband win in November than it is to husband improvements in the diets of Americans.
Frankly, I don’t see the political motivation when a large percentage of Americans are overweight or obese and would sooner not have to hear, once again, that they ought to eat less and eat healthier.
To my mind, Barack’s better half is, instead, using what could be the last year of her husband’s presidency to put out an important message. That to plant a garden is not only the smart thing to do, but a healthy and patriotic pursuit, as well.
Deep down, many Americans on the left and the right agree with her, especially the more that 1 percent (but still a minority) who have home vegetable gardens, or raise food in a community garden plot.
And so to Michelle’s many critic, I offer this: Llet them eat cake — as so many of them do to excess as evidenced by their waistlines.
Ain’t that right, Rush?
Posted by: Mike