A Crusader’s View – 5.25.10
Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 9:57 am
By: Jeremy Thayer, Guest Columnist
“America- Where a kid CAN’T be a kid!” Hello once again! For a long time now, I have been writing about what I call ‘freedom erosion.’ This week’s subject is of no exception.
With our corporate America entranced, hinging upon every word spoken by the Obama duo, our land is now becoming engaged with another fight for our basic freedoms.
On March 16, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to the Grocery Manufacturers Association about what she deems as healthy food in Washington.
According to an AP article titled, “Michelle Obama Urges Food Companies to Cut the Fat, Salt and Sugar,” Michelle Obama is urging the nation’s largest food companies to speed up efforts to make healthier foods and reduce marketing of what she deems as unhealthy foods to children.
Mrs. Obama asked the companies gathered at the meeting, which included Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, and General Mills to state a few, to “step it up” and put less fat, salt and sugar in foods.
In a direct quote she said, “We need you not to just tweak around the edges but entirely rethink the products you are offering, the information that you provide about these products, and how you market those products to our children.”
The first lady has talked in the past, in a seemingly self-righteous campaign; to schools and nutrition groups across the country in her so-called effort to reduce childhood obesity.
This meeting with major corporations was the first time she has confronted the food companies that make the snacks and junk food that are put in our American grocery aisles and school vending machines.
What I have to say about this is, “Who is she to tell anyone including children, what they can or cannot eat!”
First, husband Obama wants to control your health with his horrid plan dubbed ‘Obamacare.’
Now, Michelle wants to control what you put in your mouth! What’s next?
Controlling how much water and electricity you use, or controlling what car you can drive? I forgot!
They are working on those ones too!
How much freedom are the people of the United States going to give away at the whims of career politicians and celebrity propaganda peddlers?
Suddenly, now it is wrong to have a salt shaker or a spoonful of sugar because Obama’s wife says so! I never heard much of a fuss about it before, from any presidential platform until they started to push for ‘health care totalitarianism.’
According to the Declaration of Independence, we are all, including our young; “endowed by (their) our Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
“Unalienable” means irrefutable and unable to be taken away. However, in today’s world there are those in power that believe those rights can be taken away, because they think that their authority supersedes God.
It doesn’t! I do not believe that anyone on Earth has the right to tell you or anyone else what you can eat, learn, or speak out about in opposition.
If she or any other in power can legally force you to eat a certain way, when will their march towards absolute despotism end? What will come next?
America and its American way of life deserve much, much better than a “Condiment Police” or a “Gumdrop Gestapo.”
If Michelle gets her way, corporations will soon turn their attention to policing our children because, her new régime of would be ‘obesity cops’ want to take the toys from the kid’s meals and what’s left in the cereal boxes.
After that, will be the gumball machines and the candy cranes at the arcade. Imagine a world without Kool-Aid, roasted marshmallows, or popsicles, Michelle would probably be very happy.
Being a kid in America is becoming more and more like being under the rule of a cruel schoolmaster.
On the other hand, imagine being arrested because your child didn’t meet a certain weight criteria or was caught with common foods newly dubbed as ‘contraband.’
It sounds more like the pandering of the “Biggest Loser” rather than United States policy.
However, with the sheer amount legislation being peddled about with the greatest of slight, this terrible thought could one day happen.
In closing, this I believe is another example of ‘freedom erosion’ on American soil.
To even suggest banning things such as salt or sugar proves once again that our elected and their wives do not side with the cause of liberty.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, ‘Liberty’ means “1: the quality or state of being free: a: the power to do as one pleases; b: freedom from physical restraint; c: freedom from arbitrary or despotic control; d: the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges, e: the power of choice.”
None of these qualities can be found in our current administration as well as the former.
Throughout America, people of both the media and the population have been seemingly brainwashed into believing that many of those elected by ‘we the people’ actually care about our well-being.
Need I remind you, the Clintons, the Bushes, and the Obamas are all multi-billionaires. What they desire the most is power.
The power to control as well as dictate what a council or other well paid entity calls ‘harmful’ or ‘dangerous.’
Remember, the EPA put what we exhale on the same list as radon and sulfuric acid!
This is much more than a war against overweight children, this is a power grab for what millions have fought and died for.
Now that I’m done ranting, I think I’ll have a bowl of ice cream and watch the classic “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in protest!
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