KarmaPolice

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@JBear — this author is speaking DIRECTLY to you, right?

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/biden-isn-t-taking-away-america-s-hamburgers-here-s-ncna1266036

“In a literal interpretation of the political “red meat” approach, conservative pundits have seized on the hamburger as an apparently effective symbol of personal freedom. The claim that Democrats want to take away your burger — like the claim Democrats want to take away your guns — is a strategy to manipulate classic conservative anxieties about individual autonomy and liberty.

It’s not a new tactic, either. In 2019, former Trump White House aide Sebastian Gorka said proponents of the Green New Deal wanted to “take away your hamburgers.” The Daily Mail echoed such rumors when it misreported that “Biden’s climate plan could limit you to eat just one burger a MONTH.” As the claims spread, former Trump White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow warned of “No burger on July 4,” while the consistently conspiratorial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., called Biden “The Hamburglar.”

Even when they’re false, these claims resonate, and not just because hamburgers are widely adored as delicious. The hamburger is a symbol of America, an immigrant-invented food recognized around the world as both laudably and deplorably “American.” Burgers are affordable and conveniently available at globalized fast-food franchises and local spots, while also ripe for culinary innovation. A totalizing myth-maker, the hamburger is past and present, tradition and modernization all wrapped into one.”

“And perhaps that is what’s really at stake in this meat ban panic: not burgers themselves, but the fear of losing what they represent. The American identity — left and right, liberal and conservative — is currently fractured, broken even, but not irreparably so. When political fires flared over meat this past week, the real question at hand had little to do with beef. Change is scary — there is a reason some conservative politicians have made change the boogeyman of the past several decades. Biden isn’t going to take away our hamburgers. But as a collective nation, we do have to reckon with a mutual future that won’t look, or taste, quite the same as it has in the past.”

The KEY POINTS:

“conservative pundits has seized on the hamburger as an apparently effective symbol of personal freedom”

“a strategy to manipulate classic conservative anxieties about individual autonomy and liberty”

“Even when they’re false, these claims resonate”

“what’s really at stake in this meat ban panic: not burgers themselves, but the fear of losing what they represent”

“Change is scary — there is a reason some conservative politicians have made change the boogeyman of the past several decades”