From Going Rogue, as quoted in the LA Examiner:
If any vegans came over for dinner, I could whip them up a salad, then explain my philosophy on being a carnivore: If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat?
From Flanders & Swann’s “The Reluctant Cannibal,” a father addressing his son who has refused a dish of Roast Leg of Insurance Salesman on the silly grounds that “Eating people is wrong”:
But people have always eaten people.
What else is there to eat?
If the Juju had meant us
not to eat people
He wouldn’t have made ’em of meat!
I’m not sure whether to be pleased that even Sarah Palin knows Flanders & Swann or horrified that she doesn’t see that her argument points toward cannibalism.
That Palin relies (as Sheridan said of a political rival) on her memory for her jests and her imagination for her facts is such old news that it’s barely worth accusing her of plagiarism. Or is it possible that Donald Swann was spoofing an already extant anti-vegetarian argument?