The Republican Party's most visible leaders, in recent years, have for some bizarre reason equated American freedom with fat bombs like Big Gulps and, more recently, glazed donuts.
The latest example of this is senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Rand Paul. "They're coming after your donuts!" Paul said in a speech in South Carolina on Monday night. "I want to see [FDA Agents] on the treadmill, and I want to see someone from maybe OSHA lashing them while they are working on the treadmill," he jokingly added, explaining that the people making donut rules should be the first ones to live with them.
Paul's warning and FDA agent-lashing-exercise fantasy is in reference to the FDA's announcement last week that it would slowly start to ban artificial trans fats and the partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) that create them. Paul is at odds with nutritionists who say the ban is good for American health. But the senator's big jump to a donut gestapo government bypasses the fact that trans fats aren't really necessary to make donuts, that many restaurants have already banned trans fats without the United States crumbling, and that we might not even be able to taste trans fats.