John Hawkins, a writer for the ultra-right wing nuthouse "Townhall' is living proof that those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. He's also living proof of just how wrong the right is.
Being obese largely contributes to many diseases including, but not limited to cardiovascular disease and cancer (two of the largest killers in the U.S.), as well as type II diabetes and many other diseases and health related issues. Now before you start to think that I'm simply making fun of this guy's obesity, I'm going to set the record straight and let you know I'm not. See, the problem I have with Hawkins is multifaceted. My marriage, if I were allowed to marry, would in no way shape or form affect the life of Mr. Hawkins, whereas his chosen sedentary lifestyle which also includes overeating does affect mine. How? Well, obesity is a national epidemic in this country which is driving health care cost up at an alarming rate. This epidemic of obesity affects all of us, regardless of whether we have insurance or not. Now I would like to encourage Mr. Hawkins to change his lifestyle. Statistics show, even if you have never exercised one day in your life up to the age of 40, then begin a regiment of proper diet and exercise (recommended at least 30 minutes a day 5 times a week), you can lose weight, and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 90%. Exercise doesn't mean you have to go to the gym either. Get out and take a walk, rake leaves or do yard work, walk your dog, wash your car, etc. There are many ways to achieve the recommended amount of physical activity.
Now again, why do I bring this up. Well, yes, in part because Mr. Hawkins' obviously unhealthy lifestyle is a contributing cost factor to all Americans, but again to point out how people living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. If you need to demean someone, especially based on physical characteristics to make a point, chances are you don't have a point to make in the first place, which is exactly what he does in his "top-ten conservatives of 2009"³ list.
But before we get to his list, I have to address the fact I don't understand the mentality of prefacing a top-ten list of the "best conservatives" by throwing the President and the First Lady under the bus, especially when you do it by judging physical appearance and not with political factoids. Because of this, I would offer Hawkins another piece of advice: When you downgrade someone based upon physical characteristics, you're really only demonstrating your own insecurities and you greatly discredit and reduce yourself to nothing more than a seemingly undereducated, hypocritical, potentially racist, loud mouth, Rush Limbaugh wannabe, Republican entertainer.
When I say Hawkins is an entertainer, I actually mean he's got it all down pretty good. Hawkins cries about how "mainstream media" just won't give fair and balanced coverage to conservatives - you know, much like FOX gives to Dems, liberals and progressives.
Now, to address Hawkins' post, he begins his list with:
Barbara Walters named Michelle Obama the most fascinating person of 2009. Really? Based on what? Her big arms? Her terrible fashion sense? The fact that she's married to the worst President in American history?
OK, so I can look past this immature rant as jealousy. I mean really. The 400 pound white guy probably isn't getting any satisfaction, so yes, beautiful and physically fit people, especially those who are as well-liked as the First Lady, most definitely intimidate him. I find it amazing how Hawkins has to stoop so low as to offer criticism of the First Lady by saying Mrs. Obama has "big arms". Again, let's consider the source of this criticism. The dig about fashion sense. Well, her elegance is something that perhaps I too am a bit jealous of. Now, when referring to Mr. Obama as the worst President in American history, how can that be determined after less than a year in office? Surely Hawkins can't be saying the 8 years George W. spent in the white house were years of stellar accomplishments - could he? If he's that delusional, I would remind Hawkins that during those 8 years, this country became engaged in two wars, saw a sharp increase in the poverty level, and the economy tanked. Hawkins, your comments leading up to your list are in poor taste, and to put is simply, are blatantly stupid.
Well, regardless of his baseless racism, bigotry and jealously, Hawkins does have quite a sense of humor - even if unintentional. The proof is in the pudding, if there's any pudding left.
His top ten list of conservatives for 2009 (pardon me while I compose myself and stop laughing) are:
10) Andrew Breitbart (A nobody! Perhaps that's why he's at # 10?)
9) Marco Rubio (A popular Republican name. Confirmation Hawkins watches FOX.)
Rush Limbaugh (Birds of a feather?"or perhaps Limbaugh is his "American Idol"?)
7) Jim DeMint (Proves that Hawkins is also a homophobe. Perhaps he's been hit on by a bear lover?)
6) Carrie Prejean (Proof this guys doesn't get laid, and probably is a real closet porn lover!)
5) Dick Cheney (It's about time Cheney made a top ten list other than Letterman's.)