Most people think well of Michelle Obama. To use the phrase that her husband famously directed at Hillary Clinton, she’s “likable enough.”
Now that her effort to take control over the nation’s school lunchrooms has been failing, she has decided to do as her husband did: to politicize the issue by blaming the right wing.
One suspects that this is going to impact her favorability ratings, unfavorably.
Yesterday she said:
The last thing that we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health, especially when we’re finally starting to see some progress on this issue,” Mrs. Obama told the group, adding, “It’s unacceptable to me not just as first lady, but as a mother.
Yet, the real problem is not the Republican Congress. It’s the simple fact that children refuse to eat what Mrs. Obama thinks they should eat.
They are rebelling against tyrannical authority. What could be more acceptable than that?
Besides, for all we know, a menu that is designed to make children into “indolent herbivores” does not fulfill their nutritional needs.
Here’s what happened in Boston, via CBS:
With First Lady Michelle Obama pushing healthy foods in school, half a dozen Boston schools were among those who bought into lunchroom salad bars in the battle against childhood obesity. A couple years later, none remain – to the chagrin of parents hoping to pry their kids away from junk food….
The school salad bars were a pilot program scrapped amid cost overruns, sanitary concerns, and according to some, the simple truth that very few kids partook.
Politically correct food costs too much. The kids refuse to eat it. And, raw salad bars breed bacteria. You end up with hungry kids and wasted food.
The Atlantic reports on what happened in Los Angeles:
But the new menus were the most austere measure yet, cutting kid-friendly favorites like chocolate milk, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, and nachos. Instead, little Jayden and Mia would dine on vegetarian curries, tostada salad, and fresh pears.
A student rebellion ensued—kids brought Flamin’ Hot Cheetos to school rather than much on quinoa salad—and L.A. Unified was forced to settle for a middle ground between Alice Waters and Ronald McDonald.
Under the new new menu, “Hamburgers will be offered daily,” the L.A. Times reported. “Some of the more exotic dishes are out, including the beef jambalaya, vegetable curry, pad Thai, lentil and brown rice cutlets, and quinoa and black-eyed pea salads. And the Caribbean meatball sauce will be changed to the more familiar teriyaki flavor.”
But a new study suggests that despite the softened menu standards, students are still beelining toward carbs and meat and avoiding fruits and vegetables.
For the study, published in the April issue of Preventative Medicine, researchers examined the lunch trays of 2,000 randomly selected Angeleno middle schoolers over five consecutive days. Though the students are offered a fruit and a vegetable each day, 32 percent of students did not take the fruit from the line, and almost 40 percent did not take the vegetables. Among those whodid take a fruit or vegetable, 22 percent threw away the fruit and 31 percent tossed the vegetables without eating a single bite.
So in essence, just over half the students both took and ate some fruit, and about 42 percent both took and ate a vegetable.
Salads were the most common vegetable to be left untouched, while whole fruits, like apples and oranges, were far less popular than fruit cups or juices. Girls were both more likely to take fruits and vegetables from the line and were less likely to waste them.
Wanna-be tyrants like Michelle Obama, who want only the best for you, believe that these healthy food choices are exactly what children need. They think that they are being challenged to take control of children’s minds. They are so convinced that their idea of nutrition is more accurate than a child's free choice that they are willing to impose it on the recalcitrant young. Those who favor these programs have learned from behavioral economics that if you force children to eat what is good for them, eventually they will learn to like it.
At a time when nutritionists have discovered that high fat diets do not necessarily cause obesity, this pursuit of folly deserves to be called out.
In the meantime, Mrs. Obama does not just want to dictate what children eat for lunch. She has now set her sights on a higher goal: policing thought.
Aside from the fact that many children are becoming indolent herbivores, they are also being taught political correctness in school. So, Michelle Obama wants these children to police the thought of their friends, parents, and grandparents.
Obviously, some of the thoughts are reprehensible, but do we really want to turn children against their parents. Isn’t this what they do in totalitarian dictatorships when they are trying to root out counterrevolutionaries?
And, why would they not report their parents to the secret police? Why would they then not report their parents’ errant thoughts and sick jokes on social media?
Here are her words, reported by The Blaze:
“[O]ur laws may no longer separate us based on our skin color, but nothing in the Constitution says we have to eat together in the lunchroom, or live together in the same neighborhoods. There’s no court case against believing in stereotypes or thinking that certain kinds of hateful jokes or comments are funny.”
To address these limitations in the law, Obama asked students to take steps to “drag my generation and your grandparents’ generation along with you” in the fight against racism.
“Maybe that starts simply in your own family, when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you’ve got an aunt [that] talks about ‘those people,’” she said. “Well, you can politely inform them that they’re talking about your friends.
“Or maybe it’s when you go off to college and you decide to join a sorority or fraternity, and you ask the question, how can we get more diversity in our next pledge class?” she added. “Or maybe it’s years from now, when you’re on the job and you’re the one who asks, do we really have all the voices and viewpoints we need at this table?
Being a radical leftist means never admitting to failure. If your school lunch program does not work, blame the right wing. If your affirmative action program has not integrated public schools, blame the elderly for their impure thoughts.