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Michelle Obama: Molding America’s Children One Menu at a Time

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Michelle Obama, a woman who has certainly been ‘shaped‘ by what the government has provided her in the way of free meals, is now touting the benefit of having America’s children’s bodies and minds be manipulated by people like her husband, whose ideological bent is toward bureaucratic control and socialism.

Mouthing words of concern over the health and well being of school children, the First Lady said “That’s why we start with kids, right? We can affect who they will be forever.”  These are words that should send shivers up the spine of every concerned parent in America.

Think of it: Michelle Obama’s goal is to infiltrate not only the bodies but also the minds of children who are not hers so she and her ilk can “affect who they will be forever!”

On the South Lawn, a mere stone’s throw from where the 100 x 100 ongoing construction of a secret project that looks like an underground bunker/possible swimming pool is taking place, Mrs. Obama recently made her ‘nudge‘-style opinions known.  The event was a reception to honor schools that have met the goals of the US Department of Agriculture’s Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC), now a subsidiary of the “Let’s Move” (our children towards the welfare rolls) initiative.

Mrs. Obama, whose daughters attend private school, bubbled over with exuberance about the fact that the majority of American children are in publicly-funded incubators called public schools, where liberal teachers and policies are standing ready to restructure “habits and preferences” in hopes of raising up a generation of proselytes.

With a concerned smile and dressed in a sleeveless designer top, Mom Michelle disguised government control as a child-friendly plate of crudités and hummus.

Mrs. Obama told the rapt group, “When many kids spend half of their waking hours and get up to half their daily calories at school, you know that with the food you serve and, more importantly, the lessons you teach that you’re not just shaping their habits and preferences today, you’re affecting the choices they’re going to make for the rest of their lives.”

“At the reception, Mrs. Obama praised the 1,273 schools that have doubled the number of students eating federally subsidized meals that fit the program’s criteria.”  The first lady seemed thrilled about the increased additions to the entitlement rolls because, as she said, “That’s why we start with kids, right?”

Mrs. Obama praised the Burlington Elementary School of North Dakota, where she said the “teachers eat two USDA-approved meals a day with the students.”

Praising those teachers who voluntarily eat “breakfast and lunch with students every single day,” Mrs. Obama applauded the hovering menu monitors by saying, “Now, that’s a sacrifice. You know it. That’s love.”

According to Mrs. Obama, “the beauty is, is that you’re not just making this generation of kids healthier, but the next generation as well. And that is truly, truly powerful stuff.”

The First Lady reassured the teachers who’ve dedicated themselves to supplementing indoctrination during feeding time by saying, “You’re affecting not just how these kids feed themselves, but how they’re going to feed their own children,” which, if all goes according to plan, the government can also one day mold into government-controlled mechanical drones.

The First Lady expressed joy that children “trained” in these schools are having a beneficial effect on their families, saying, “They’re changing the way they think about their health and they’re trickling that information down to their families.”  Mom and Dad beware — God forbid one of you should indulge in an unwholesome treat under the watchful eye of Junior. Who knows, the next day, these trickle-down kids may be asked to report aberrant behavior to Michelle’s brigade of meal monitors.

Granted, helping kids and their families make healthier food choices is an admirable goal on the part of the first lady.  However, a problem arises when liberals are in charge and make broad, vague statements that seem to connect lunch and life choices.

Choices like: not worrying about birth control because just like free lunch, free condoms are also government-funded and available at school. How about the “right to privacy” and the choice to disregard the moral direction of parents?  Or the message to relax because if that complimentary condom should happen to fail, someone in the guidance office will gladly drive any girl over the age of 11 to the nearest available abortion clinic, just as soon as she downs that government-approved carton of low-fat milk.

Michelle reiterated that “we” (whoever that is) “can affect who they (we know who “they” are) will be forever.”

The whole emphasis on the government guiding food choices is troubling, because discussion over healthy food has the potential to be the perfect entree for liberals to commission public schools to prod, persuade and hold sway over other areas such as faith, political affiliation, and morality. With that in mind, Michelle Obama’s insistence on depositing government-funded “free” food into the stomachs of America’s children, perhaps in hopes of transporting liberal philosophy into their hearts, should alarm any American whose child eats breakfast and lunch in a public school.

“Hey Barry, Leggo of my Eggo”

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I have to first say, I’m not a conspiracy theorist.  I was born and raised in the United States.  In all of my 55-years I cannot remember one occasion where I’ve gone to fill a prescription and  then been told  there was a shortage of any drug.  I  recently had that experience, while attempting to fill a prescription for the antibiotic, Cipro.  I was somewhat taken a back when alerted to the fact that it would be months before Cipro was available again, a troublesome situation for a woman with a raging bladder infection.

Then hubby Jerry went to the doctor expecting to receive the routine yearly “seasonal” flu shot he has gotten for the last 30 years.  Much to his surprise he was promptly informed that there were no seasonal flu shots.  When he asked when he could get the shot? He was alerted to the fact that there weren’t any around and it was unlikely there would be any available for the rest of the season.  A hard spot to be in as Tamiflu shortages makes India (a third world country) a potential source for an alternate type of flu medication.  Hoping to find an alternate source, I typed our zip code into a www.flu.gov location finder and came up with only one location administering flu vaccines and it was in a health clinic somewhere in the inner recesses of Springfield Gardens, Queens.  My husband would have a better chance of surviving the flu than he would if he ventured into Springfield Gardens.

Then of course you have the first government controlled foray into health care administration and preparedness in the form of H1N1 vaccines.  Promising 80-120 million doses by flu season it is now November and to date the government has overseen the production of approximately 16.5 million vaccines.  To date, we’ve seen 13% percent of the promised inventory, which means we’re 87% behind on the delivery of promised dosages.  To put things in perspective, we’re still 119,999,994 doses short of the 120 million and we have 400 million people to vaccinate.

Something is afoot here – in Communist countries past and present it’s a well known fact that shortages prevail in everything from consumer goods, drugs, light bulbs to food.  The only thing there is never a lack of is Stolichnaya® Vodka to quell the pain.   Way back in 2001 an article regarding the formerly communist Poland in the European Banker said that “There remains a pent-up demand for almost everything after 45 years of state socialism when shortages were endemic, there were no choices in domestically produced consumer goods, imports were limited, and political controls rationed who could buy cars and who could get flats and telephones.”

My question is why are shortages making their way to America?  What is fostering this situation?  In less than a week I’ve run smack into four unrelated instances in a country I’ve lived in for more than half a century and never experienced a shortage before.

Now last night, out of the corner of my ear,  I hear that Eggo Waffles are in demand because of nationwide shortages.  The Kellogg Company is blaming the projected month’s long scarcity on flooding in a plant in Tennessee causing an Eggo Waffle dilemma until the middle of next year.  I don’t buy it…I don’t mean the waffles, I mean the excuse – since when does a flood stop the top cereal manufacturer in the nation from being able to find a way around a flooding problem in a single factory?

A Jan. 13, 2003, report in Newsweek on Stalinist North Korea says, “Food shortages there were so bad that “more than 2,000,000 people died of starvation over the last decade.” We’re far from being relegated to bread lines and no one has starved to death yet, but I find it curious that in one week I’ve happened upon 4 specific deficiencies just going through every day life–in a nation that lacks for nothing in ingenuity or ability to produce.

An article in Newsweek dated Jan. 8, 2001, said that “In Eastern Europe, the fall of communism unleashed political freedoms, open markets and a bright array of consumer goods.”   Now, in America creeping socialism is having the opposite effect — less freedom, more government control and now suddenly we’re being confronted with drug and food shortages?

One is forced to contemplate government induced controls as a way to foster dependency and cultivate panicked need in people.  A crisis trial balloon is sent up to see public reaction to waiting, which instigates a frenzied response when the product is made available.  The result equals control of the masses through medicine and food. Wait until Eggo releases its first batch of waffles after a six-month famine, people will rip them frozen from the box in the grocery store, glomming them downlike famished children from Biafra!  Same with H1N1, if you were considering skipping the government recommended shot… a shortage may convince you that you might as well get it while you can just in case you change your mind and there’s none available.

pixAs for seasonal flu shots –  that’s a double edged sword, the group the most in jeopardy of suffering from flu ravages are the elderly, which works to the government’s benefit as they contemplate budgetary concerns having to do with health care reform.   And for those hoarding Cipro – you may  well survive your first Anthrax attack, but be aware, the next one might be very, very  iffy.

H1N1 aside, the government may have nothing to do with any of this and the shortages are more likely caused by complicated manufacturing and inventory issues.  However, it’s a good preview of what lies ahead for our nation if Obama gets his way and socializes both the means of production and the health care industry.  Until then, my message is to the one aspiring to control every aspect of American society including medicine and food, “Hey Barry, I’m on to you — Leggo of my Eggo!”

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