Velma Hart, the suddenly famous first questioner at Monday’s town hall meeting with President Obama, broadcasted by CNBC, stated:
I’m one of your middle class Americans. And quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for. And deeply disappointed with where we are right now. I have been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people and I’m waiting sir, I’m waiting. I don’t feel it yet…. My husband and I have joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot dogs and beans era of our lives, but, quite frankly, it’s starting to knock on our door and ring true that that might be where we’re headed again, and, quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer this honestly. Is this my new reality? (source)
Her statement was powerful and received much media attention. Velma Hart has become a voice and face of anger for America.
And I largely agree with her, except I can’t help but feel slight perturbation with her “hot dogs and beans” comment. The “hot dogs and beans era”. Must we return to that?
I certainly hope not. Why do Americans continue to eat hot dogs and beans? Stop it, seriously. No wonder you can’t afford to live these days, eating hot dogs and beans, or the equivalent of such garbage.
Eat lentils, Ms. Hart. I implore you, and every other American out there. Buy bulk dried beans; black beans, pinto beans, and so many others. They’re cheap, they’re healthy. Eat lentils, eat beans, and stop eating shit.
Here is an article by Michael Segers about the powerful nutrition and health benefits of eating lentils. Fun with Lentils: No Recipes Allowed
But the rest of Ms. Hart’s statement, I suppose I will agree, kind of, as much as I can agree with anything.