Wednesday evening was meet-the-teachers night. The teachers affirmed that they are in charge of my children’s education. And, I found out, they now also think they are in charge of what I feed them.
Since one of my kids is scheduled for lunch early at 11 am and the other quite late after 1 pm, they are permitted to bring a snack to school. But it must be a Politburo-approved snack.
No candy. No cookies. Not even potato chips. Those will be confiscated, we were told.
Granola bars are okay, even though granola bars are the biggest fraud perpetrated upon man since the Munich agreement. They’re filled with sugar. I’d much rather my kids eat potato chips. But those are not Politburo-approved.
My son won’t eat healthy food. He just won’t. I know I’m a bad parent. We offer it too him constantly. He refuses, and unlike our president, he is an extremely decisive character. So we’ll do our best, but he may go hungry.
You may have guessed where I’m going with this. My school feels free to intervene in my private choices about what I feed my kids because our first lady is leading the way.
I have previously supported Mrs. Obama’s campaign to make our kids healthier. While I opposed efforts within her campaign that resulted in legislation with federal mandates for local schools, I felt her overall idea fulfilled the traditional role of a first lady – to take on a pet issue and promote it.
I compared her to Nancy Reagan, whose “Just Say No” campaign had a real effect, helping change the culture and make drug use less appealing. But there was one big difference I ignored. Nancy was campaigning against use of an illegal substance. Michelle’s campaign against junk food opposes a perfectly legal product that parents have every right to give their children.
Many of you commented that Michelle shouldn’t be telling us what to eat. Michelle is the government. The government should stay out of our kitchens. You were right, and I was wrong.
Liberals laugh when conservatives complain that ceding small amounts of our freedom to the government leads the government to grasp for more, and eventually imperils freedom. I missed how Michelle’s Let’s Move campaign does exactly this. I learned otherwise last night.
I think I’ve mentioned before that years ago, when the government was trying to regulate tobacco, a senior business lobbyist in Washington told me one reason they were fighting so hard against the regulations was that the government would be after Twinkies next. I laughed. I thought he was being dramatic. I’m not laughing anymore.
The government’s appetite for power over our lives is an inexorably increasing desire that grows with every lump of freedom it is fed. That’s why Obamacare is such a disaster. With its sprawling web of new strictures on our health care, it vastly expands the assumption on the part of bureaucrats that they have the right to extend their puny, stubby hands into our business.
My school now thinks it is in charge of what I give my children to eat. That’s Michelle Obama’s work.
And I’m marching right into the school office this afternoon. Because you see, I want to know what time I should put my kids to sleep.