We all know what a strawman argument is and how it’s often employed to great effect to give some semblance of validity to fake news. This tactic is rampant in politics, particularly among social justice warriors, CRT race peddlers, and most left-leaning corporate media empires who wield it to advance policies of the democrat party. Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has built a strawman that stands head and shoulders above most others in the cornfield of progressive absurdities. The insinuation is that LGBTQ+ are being denied access to food by a biased/homophobic system resulting in “food insecurity.” Usually, the “Woke Award” is presented to individuals for ridiculous displays of fake virtue and demonstrably false premises, but this week the USDA takes the cake with a gargantuan strawman that rivals the organization it came from in size and scope.
Stacy Dean, the Under Secretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, which is part of the USDA, said:
“Whether you are grocery shopping, standing in line at the school cafeteria, or picking up food from a food bank, you should be able to do so without fear of discrimination. No one should be denied access to nutritious food simply because of who they are or how they identify.”
Of course, the USDA didn’t cite any examples of LGBTQ people being “denied access to nutritious food” in USDA food programs, only the insinuation that it is happening, and that’s good enough.
LGBTQ means lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer/questioning, but what does the + signify? It includes a wide array of identities, including every possible permutation except heterosexual. Here are only some of them:
- Transsexual: denoting or relating to a transgender person, especially one whose bodily characteristics have been altered through surgery or hormone treatment to bring them into alignment with their gender identity.
- Pansexual: (experiences feelings of attraction (physical, emotional or sexual) towards more than one gender identity.)
- 2/two-spirit (native Americans who identify as anything other than heterosexual.)
- Intersex (someone born with genitalia that doesn’t fall precisely into the “male” or “female” sex designation.)
- Asexual (no sexual desire or attraction to others.)
- And Ally, which is a heterosexual who supports LGBTQ+.
The USDA relies on a study completed at Vanderbilt University that claims the LGBTQ+ community suffer from more “food insecurity” and denied access to food programs on some significant scale. They additionally refer to the U.S. Census and an oddly worded question about feeling hungry as data to support the initiative.
The findings are odd given that Lesbians, the “L” in LGBTQ+, earn 9% more than straight women, and gay men make 10% more than straight men. Bisexual men and women earned less than their gay and straight counterparts, but at an average salary of $49,000, they were far above the recognized U.S. federal poverty level.
A study titled “Inclusion and the state of being Transgender in the workplace,” published by McKinsey & Company revealed that Transgenders make 32% less than non-transgenders, but still, the average transgender salary is well above the poverty line. The Kinsey report notes that 55% of transgender respondents said they do not talk in meetings, and 41% avoid colleagues. Others in the “+” category, such as “Ally,” are heterosexual, so they are in the higher earners category. The number of “2 spirits” is under 100,000 and lacks data. There is no data on “Asexual” and Pansexual flows into all categories.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack :
“A key step in advancing these principles is rooting out discrimination in any form – including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,”
If you are a taxpayer struggling to prioritize just to put food on your table to feed your family – have no fear. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is on it with their Equity Action Plan. Americans would love for Tom to root out why their bread, eggs, milk, cheese, and meat are becoming cost prohibited vs. a tank of gas. How about launching an initiative into Biden’s policies fueling inflation and that discriminate and cause food insecurity for many Americans, Tom?
The USDA doesn’t ask questions about the socio-economic station of LGBTQ+ because it won’t like the answers, nor do they provide any examples of LGBTQ+ being “denied access to food programs.” Instead, what we have is a strawman-turned scarecrow that wards off any challenge to their politically correct dogma, and for this reason, they win the Woke-Award of the week.
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