I liked our past First Ladies, but I think Michelle Obama just might be the coolest First Lady ever. Plus, I agree with her Let’s Move initiative. Getting kids off their butts is just as important as getting them to read.
As I reported to you way back on November 23, Sarah Palin is all over Michelle Obama about healthy eating and our children. She took cookies to a Pennsylvania school to protest the state’s decision to “double the amount of fruit and vegetables in their meals within 10 years”. She keeps spouting off that this takes away parental decisions in their children’s life. However; she’s wrong there. Parents have never had a decision in what their children eat in a school lunch – unless they pack it themselves. You either get what’s on that week’s menu or you pack your child’s lunch. There’s no in between.
However; to Palin, this is Big Government and that makes it bad.
Isn’t that getting a little old? Not everything the government does is wrong, nor is everything the government does good. I think Sarah Palin shows how the fringes of our society have taken hold. It demonstrates how holding on to a principle just to hang on to it is a ridiculous stance. That holds true whether you are on the right of the aisle or the left. Sometimes government interference in an individual’s life is bad – example; gay marriage – and sometimes the government interference is good – example; consumer lending laws.
I don’t think Sarah Palin gets it. I don’t think she realizes that crying wolf at everything the government does isn’t going to capture her the White House. It’s just going to leave her where she is: a late night joke, a pretty face without a clue.
Anyway, bashing Sarah Palin isn’t the reason I started writing this article – it just turned out that way. It’s so easy. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.
Why I started this blog post is to point out that Mike Huckabee might be more of a reasonable man than I originally thought. I might have to spend a little more time reading about him. According to CNN, Huckabee said: “With all due respect to my colleague and friend Sarah Palin, I think she’s misunderstood what Michelle Obama is trying to do.” An article on Huffington Post quoted him as saying: “Michelle Obama’s not trying to tell people what to eat or not trying to force the government’s desires on people. She’s stating the obvious, that we do have an obesity problem in this country.” According to the CNN article, Huckabee has had a weight problem. I didn’t know this. He’s even written a book – “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork: A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle” – which I think might be worth a read. He apparently lost 110 pounds. I think that’s pretty impressive.
It doesn’t appear that Sarah Palin really understands what is at stake here. No one is going to come into your home and take away all of your ding dongs. And, as that professor proved, you can eat just ding dongs and still lose weight. What Michelle Obama is trying to do is to make parents and children more aware of what they eat. That isn’t a bad thing. Parents are very much responsible for teaching their children good and bad eating habits. Quite honestly, I blame my mother for my bad eating habits and my weight struggle. Yes, I am an adult now and I have been working to change my habits, but I don’t think I’d be such a big gal if my mother had chosen to teach good eating habits instead of being controlling about every aspect of my life – including my eating. Then again, she didn’t learn any good eating habits from my grandmother either. My grandmother was a big gal and my mother is a big gal. Three big gals coming at you like three mack trucks!
Palin being so against this idea makes me wonder. If First Lady Obama had come out against using drugs, like Nancy Reagan had during the eighties, would Palin be against that idea, too?
I was going to call this article Sarah Palin – Hypocrite, but then I went and looked up the definition of hypocrite and realized that it didn’t apply. Imagine that, I’ve been using hypocrite incorrectly for most of my life. A hypocrite is someone who does one thing and says another. Sarah Palin is many things, but she certainly doesn’t spout off things she doesn’t believe. At least I don’t think she does. And, thanks to my newly understanding of the word hypocrite, it turns out that I’m not one either.
I was reading my Bloomberg BusinessWeek and I saw an article on page 44 with the title “Duck, Sugar! It’s a Food Fight”. (The online version calls it: “Sarah Palin Stews Over Government Food Rules”.) Now, as most people know, since her husband became President, Michelle Obama has been working to improve the health of our children and ourselves. The First Lady is passionate about ending childhood obesity, which I believe is a good thing. Remember when we were kids? The only time we were inside a house was when it rained. We ran around, played sports and didn’t come home until we heard Mr. Robinson’s famous (at least in our neighborhood) whistle. Our Moms and Dads would have dinner on the table and we rarely went to a fast food restaurant. We didn’t have to worry about what we ate, we burned calories at a massive rate. Childhood was our diet plan.
Kids today grow up eating McDonald’s like it is part of the food pyramid. With all of their after school activities, they don’t have time to run around the neighborhood. It’s no wonder their little bodies are getting pretty thick around the middle.
According to the article, the government revises the guidelines every five years. On this go around, the guidelines are pretty strict about salt and sugar intakes. As we’ve been hearing in the past year or so, we eat too much salt in this country. Changing the food pyramid to reflect these facts sounds like a good thing to me. But, apparently, to the right wing, the Tea Party and even to Mama Grizzly herself, getting our kids healthy is not a priority the government should undertake. Somehow, they make these guidelines out to be the devil. Now, I just don’t get it.
What is the big deal with working with the companies who feed our children their school lunches and get them to “pledged to double the amount of fruit and vegetables in their meals within 10 years?” How can that be a bad thing? It’s not even mandated by law. But, to Sarah Palin and the gang, it’s big-government interference. According to the article, ” she showed up at a Pennsylvania school bearing dozens of cookies, a gesture intended to show her disapproval of a state proposal to limit the sweets served in public schools.” Has the woman hit her head? Or, is she and the right wing so adamant about their beliefs, so rigid that they can’t see what is a good thing?
On top of that, I thought the right-wing gang believed in states’ rights? So, wouldn’t the State of Pennsylvania have the right to determine what is served in school lunches?
Sometimes, I wonder if that woman is just crazy and then I think, she’s crazy like a fox. She knows to keep up the anti-everything rhetoric, because I can’t believe for a second that any good mother wouldn’t want nutritional facts on the food they serve their kids and wouldn’t want their kids to have healthy choices for their school lunch? How is it possible that Sarah Palin would come out swinging about making healthy decisions when feeding out kids? What is wrong with her? This seems like a no-brainer to me.