It would appear Jonah Goldberg has caught up to us in looking for that good liberal who fought the righteous fight back in the day and now has faded into a hazy memory and cannot be found anywhere.
I’m something of a product of my times. In the 1980s and 1990s I heard a lot of putatively honest liberals insist that the one zone of life that was absolutely sacrosanct was our own bodies. The state simply had no business getting involved in “our bodies.” Admittedly, this was mostly the rhetoric of abortion. I still remember Anna Quindlen on one of those Fred Friendly seminars waxing terribly righteous about the absolute sovereignty of a woman’s body. There was some spill-over into such topics as euthanasia and assisted suicide (remember “Whoes Life Is It Anyway?”), but the passion and heat was over abortion.
Flash forward to today and pretty much the entire edifice of liberalism insists that our bodies — what we put into them, how we maintain them — are fair game not just for Congress but for bureaucrats.
So, is it rank hypocrisy, intellectual disingenuousness (back in the day) or all just a way of making, as Goldberg put it, "the pro-abortion stance sound more highfalutin?"
Because menu board calorie counts at Taco Bell are a "must-have" for those healthy choice decisions.
Photo (and sentiment) courtesy W.C. Varones - the Taco Bell photo not the tea party babe, that is.