On Sunday, my blog (inspired by the Lincoln movie) was all about the need for superior vision, leadership and commitment to wake the world up to the devastating consequences of our typical western diet. For your review, here is how it ended:
The Bottom Line. We need another Lincoln now—at the right place at the right time. How ironic that that person might be the president whose destiny was only possible but for the actions of President Lincoln 147 years ago.
As I have blogged recently, President Barack Obama is the ONLY president that we’ve ever had who truly understands the consequences of how we’re using our planet to feed ourselves. Like Lincoln, he is at the right place at the right time—with the right knowledge and skills to get the job done.
And he has the most popular ex-President in our generation as an ally. Both Mr. Obama and Mr. Clinton have the knowledge and they have the political skills to make a HUGE difference in the next four years. But, even with all those things working in their favor, their task will be anything but easy. As David Brooks said,
If anything, the movie understates how hard politics can be. The moral issue here is a relatively clean one: slavery or no slavery. Most issues are not that simple.
And one of those issues that is not that simple is the one we’re facing about our “food choices” and the sustainability of our species. But, without a doubt, there’s never been a more important issue.
Let’s do all we can to promote the “Obama-Clinton” team to pull some Lincoln-esque levels of vision, commitment and focus out of their bag.
First I heard from Sal. Even if America had ten “Lincolns,” the way Americans eat— even with a national tragedy in the making—will never change. Bill Clinton, after his heart surgery and then his change to a supposedly plant food diet has made no impact on the SAD. And Obama, forget it, he likes a good “steak.” Whole Foods CEO may be vegan but his stores still sell junk food. It never ends as the beat goes on.
Then from Joanne. Sal, HOPE is our mainstay. Against all odds, Lincoln achieved the unimaginable. Would slaves have dreamed that their bondage would be abolished in 1865? My guess is – hardly. For all of us who know that a plant based lifestyle is the answer to both the health crisis and our planet’s sustainability concerns, we have to keep pushing – writing letters, blogging, teaching, spreading the message. Whatever we believe and can conceive, we will achieve. It may not be in our lifetimes, but it will happen. Jim, the comparison between Lincoln’s actions and today’s crisis is masterful. Time to send THIS blog to Presidents Obama and Clinton, and some key leaders in Congress; Michelle Obama, too. Personally, this blog should be published in the NY Times. No holds barred. Flood the media. Contact Mika on MSNBC. Together, we need to hold HOPE that we will be the change we want to happen, for the sake of our children, grandchildren, and future generations.
Then from Ray. Hello Jim, I am afraid that I agree with Sal. There is no way that people will just give up the SAD. My brother came down with type 2 diabetes. I gave him Dr Barnard’s book. He read it, gave it back and said he would rather die than give up what he eats. The young and healthy would not believe the truth about what to eat for any reason. they have been raised to love their food, and see nothing wrong with it. Some will change their minds when they get old and sick, like myself.
Finally, for today, my response to Ray
You’re right, everyone wouldn’t change overnight, but you’d be surprised how many would if both Obama and Clinton got as serious about abolishing our harmful, inefficient and unsustainable western diet—as Lincoln was about abolishing slavery.
We’re talking about leadership here—with vision, commitment and determination. Lincoln faced a mountain of obstacles in the North and the South but was absolutely positive that he was making the right decision for the longterm future of the nation. The only difference is that now there is a lot more at stake than one nation—-the longterm sustainability of the entire human race is what’s hanging in the balance today.
And once those two guys get passionate about sharing the “big picture”—with the entire world—about what we’re eating and how we’re using the planet for our own selfish diet-styles—you’ll began to see the most accelerated move toward plant-based eating that we’ve ever seen.
You know, Lincoln didn’t solve all of our nation’s problems with his 13th amendment, but he definitely put us on the right track at critical moment in history. And he wasn’t very popular for making that move.
Ray, this is a critical point in the history of the world—much more critical than Lincoln’s 13th amendment campaign. And we have two popular and charismatic leaders—BOTH of whom understand the power of plant-based in addition to the UNSUSTAINABILITY of our western diet.
And neither of them ever has to worry about getting elected again. It’s a moment that may never happen again. —My 676th consecutive daily blog—
- My Lincoln blog. Lincoln. A special man. A special leader. A special time.
- My related McGovern blog that features a comment by T. Colin Campbell. Squandering the exceptional wisdom of George McGovern
- Did you know that Obama really “gets it” about food?
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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