Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Nanny State Alert! Mike Huckabee: “On 'Child Nutrition' I Must Side With Michelle Obama Over Sarah Palin”
I saw this little nugget over at Hot Air. At first I was going to let it go, but thought it merited some actual commentary, rather than Allahpundit's inane musings about potential web hits.
For those unfamiliar with this little back and forth, Michelle Obama has been out there shilling for a “food safety bill” that would all but destroy independent farmers, and even has the ability to restrict [or eliminate] home gardens. In other words it's another Big Government power grab that destroys a significant amount of Freedom and Liberty. It limits choices, and in a pinch, could even prohibit one from growing their own food for their own consumption.
As part of this Freedom and Liberty destroying package, there is an initiative that would try and force “children” to eat so-called healthy food, while banning everything else. I put “children” in quotations because depending on what democrats are selling, “children” can mean anyone up to 30 years old!
This program of oppression, for those keeping score, has a price tag of around $4.5 billion, to start. [just for Michelle's little pet project] By the way, thanks to Republicans from states where Big Agriculture makes generous campaign donations, this monstrosity, the “food safety bill,” is now the law of the land.
Here's the deal. This is one more situation where Big Daddy government, [or should I say Big Nanny] is going to tell you how you MUST live your life.
Rather than allowing parents to educate their own kids, and control what they eat, some little elite in Washington is going to control yet one more part of your life, and there will be nothing you can do about it [unless you are wealthy and send the kids to a private school or home school them]
This is where Sarah Palin comes in. While Michelle Obama has been out there preaching her nonsense, Sarah has been having fun with her. There was talk of banning school bake sales, so Sarah shows up at a school where she was giving a speech, cookies in hand! She's been tweeting about this stuff for some time, just wearing MO out.
This really got going though after this past Sunday's airing of Sarah Palin's Alaska. While getting ready to do a bit of camping, after some white water rafting, Sarah is looking for the goodies to make s'mores, and dedicates them to MO because the First Lady “says we aren't supposed to have desert”
It was hilarious!
Bear in mind now, SP'sAK was filmed in the summer, months ago, when the debate was in full swing.
Of course, there was some buzz around the “cookie incident” at the time, but it seems Sunday's episode turned into an international story. All one has to do is search Bing to find stories from around the world, mostly progressives losing their minds.How DARE Sarah Palin be against totalitarian rule!
That's what makes Huckabee's little “me too” so sad.. This isn't exactly fresh ground.
Look, childhood obesity is a real problem. But it's not because we have stupid or lazy parents who can't teach their kids to eat right, and don't control what they eat at home. The school cafeteria food is no worse than it was when I was in school over 40 years ago. It was crappy then too.
The problem isn't calorie intake, or “self control.” At least not for most of these kids. The problem is the schools. When I was in school we had exercise every single day. In grade school we had “recess” but that went from kinda hanging out and running around, to playing organized games like baseball and daily calisthenics. By the time we got to Jr High, we were running our butts off, and sweating in gym class every day, lifting weights, playing baseball, basketball and so on. This was everyone, not just those on the organized school teams. Where I grew up, the many Jr High's were basically a farm system for the city's one high school, and it's football team, which was a powerhouse.
In most schools, this is gone. With progressives in control of education …. recess, PE, whatever you care to call it … is a thing of the past. They are much too busy with social engineering and indoctrination to have even the most rudimentary forms of exercise available.
Now I also know video games and other “sit on your ass” activities are an issue as well, but parents are the ones to kick Jr out of the house and tell them to do something physical, not Big Daddy Government.
Probably wouldn't hurt the parents to get out there as well.
What Sarah Palin was mocking Michelle Obama for was not about wanting to do something about fat kids. Sarah was wearing Michelle out for daring to suggest the federal government take control, stealing Liberty and Freedom, [and spending billions of our dollars] to achieve her goals.
As someone who values Freedom and Liberty as much as life itself, Sarah, like most of us, simply cannot fathom anyone allowing government to continually encroach on our basic, God-given right of self-determination. We have the God-given right to live our lives as we please, as long as we aren't interfering with someone else's God-right to do the same.
Now as parents, we are responsible for our children. We do have the right [and responsibility] to control what they do, as we teach them right from wrong, and impart life's wisdom on them. This is the right of parents, not the federal government. In fact, reaching into someone's home, and taking over these most basic rights, by force, is as big of a usurpation of the Constitution as it gets.
Will parents screw up and feed their kids junk food instead of whatever is deemed healthy this week? Sure they will. But it's their right to.
Now if MO and Big Nanny Huckabee were talking about spending money on an eduction initiative to teach parents and children about healthy choices, that would be a whole 'nuther ball game. Same is true if they were going to double down and require all schools to have a serious physical exercise program available to anyone who wanted to participate. I'm talking requiring schools to offer, not students to participate. Parents could opt their children out at their discretion. I could get on board with that.
But that's not what MO and Big Mike support. No, these two, and many more progressives like them, think you are too stupid to live your life without the government telling you every move to make. What to eat. What to wear. What to drive. What kind of light bulbs to use. The list of government intrusion into our lives is endless.
Of course, this is not new territory for Mike Huckabee. He's been trying to sell himself off as a “conservative” for some time now, both on the 2008 campaign trail, and on his lame Fox News talk show.But it's all an act.
He talks the talk, at times, and has a lot of people fooled, but his record as Governor of Arkansas is one of a Big Government Statist. A Nanny Stater who makes New York City's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, look like a piker.
Michael D Tanner, of the CATO Institute. wrote a scathing assessment of Huckabee called “The Biggest Big Government Conservative.” Besides pointing out his poor record, scoring a “F” on fiscal issues, Tanner delves into Huckabee's progressive tendencies. What Karl Rove would call “Compassionate Conservatism” …. but on steroids.
This needs to be a warning to anyone thinking Mike Huckabee should be anything but a talk show host with a talent for so-so base playing.
One of the wonderful things about Sarah Palin is she has a knack for exposing phonies like Mike Huckabee.
I don't think she actually tries to do this, BTW. Sarah is just someone who walks the walk. She's also someone who says what she thinks. It's just her nature as she goes about doing her thing.
It's the reactions that Sarah causes, to her just living life, that are telling. People constantly expose themselves as less than desirable when they react to her. I can't explain why this happens so often, but it's fun to watch, and someday it will be interesting to write an essay cataloging all of the folks who were exposed by Sarah just being Sarah. The piece would be quite long.
The bottom line is this: The federal government has absolutely no right to reach so deeply into one's life, and control so much of it. Every time they do, a big old chunk of Freedom and Liberty are gone. Gone forever. Liberty lost never returns. [at least not without drastic action]
Sarah Palin, in her own wonderful style, is out there advocating for maximum human Freedom and Liberty. The Freedom and Liberty to enjoy life to it's fullest, without Big Daddy Government looking over your shoulders and questioning your every move, and sometimes outlawing moves altogether.
When government gets so deeply involved in the minutia of our lives, we loose our Freedom to choose how we live our lives. We lose all of our personal Liberties.
Sarah knows this well, and cautions against runaway government on a daily basis. She advocates daily for personal Freedom and Liberty.
On the other hand, here is Mike Huckabee not being able to help himself. He is a life long Big Government progressive, a Statist, and has the record tom prove it. He, along with most progressives, think the average person is too stupid to care for themselves, and Big Daddy Government must step in and do everything for you, lest you make “bad” choices. [as determined by them] It's an insult to our Founding Fathers, and the American people.
On a personal note, when it comes time to take advice on fitness and healthy eating, I'd listen to Sarah Palin, a superb athlete whose running prowess landed her a cover story in Runners World [a story so popular it crashed their website] and someone who eats healthy, organic food most of the time, rather than a couple of con artists who, when told to “haul ass”, need to take two loads!
One last thing. In case you are wondering, the dog in the Huckabee family photo is NOT the one who received the “Michael Vick” treatment.