On 24 November 2008, the United Nations reported the outcome of the Human Rights Council’s Working Group On Right To Development. They held a vote on the question of whether people have a right to food. The United States of America voted against this:
By a vote of 180 in favour to 1 against (United States) and no abstentions, the Committee also approved a resolution on the right to food, by which the Assembly would “consider it intolerable” that more than 6 million children still died every year from hunger-related illness before their fifth birthday, and that the number of undernourished people had grown to about 923 million worldwide, at the same time that the planet could produce enough food to feed 12 billion people, or twice the world’s present population…
…After the vote, the representative of the United States said he was unable to support the text because he believed the attainment of the right to adequate food was a goal that should be realized progressively. In his view, the draft contained inaccurate textual descriptions of underlying rights.
This puts the United States of America in the peculiar position of asserting the humans have an inalienable right to life, but not a right to food.
One of our vice-Presidential candidates said, famously, that America is a “beacon of hope.”
Right. You can have life. You can even have all the hope you want. Indeed, please have more hope; it’s good for the economy. But food? no, that is a privilege. This is America: the land of the free. The land of the brave. The land of the selfish bastards.
Is it any surprise that people throw shoes at our President?