Folks sure go crazy over diets. And that’s without the insanity of politics à la mode.
Consider the new Trump Diet — actually, several of them.
Actress Lena Dunham pledged to move to Canada if Donald Trump won last November. Instead, she stayed to offer a new weight loss scheme. “Everyone’s been asking like, ‘What have you been doing?’” she told Howard Stern. “And I’m like, ‘Try soul-crushing pain and devastation and hopelessness and you, too, will lose weight.’”
So, there is hope!
Conversely, comedian Judd Apatow complains, “It’s very hard to lose weight in the Trump era.” The acclaimed Hollywood producer, director and writer adds, “Most of us are just scared and eating ice cream.”
Not Barbra Streisand. Oh, yes, she tweeted: “Donald Trump is making me gain weight.” But she made it clear that “after the morning news, I eat pancakes smothered in maple syrup!” At least, her new song, “People, People Who Need Pancakes,” is moving up the scales — er, charts.
With mixed results for shedding pounds in the U.S., let’s graze elsewhere.
Certainly, no diet regime has been as successful, nor as rigorously tested, as the Maduro Diet — made famous in Venezuela by President Nicolás Maduro. The entire socialist nation is on it, and a new survey discovered that three of four Venezuelans lost “at least 19 pounds” during 2016.
Think socialism doesn’t produce results? Fat chance.
Still, such a steady diet of politics is hard to stomach. Instead, maybe we better concentrate on exercising . . .
. . . our freedom.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.