Do as I say not as I do - another famous quote usually reserved for those who shower others with advice but don't follow that advice themselves. Hypocrisy is everywhere. We all are guilty of it at one time or another. Michelle Obama has been taking some heat in the press lately for her crusade about healthy eating but then the Super Bowl menu was a heart attack buffet and then she was seen eating greasy ribs somewhere. I say if she wants to eat those things she has a brain and can make that choice BUT don't come down on others for exercising that same right to choose. We definitely are becoming an obese nation - no doubt about it. Go to any school and you will see an alarming number of overweight children. I do agree that what's available at school should be monitored. The diet does affect the child's ability to learn. Adults are in charge and should know what contributes to health and learning. Some adults fall short though. I remember during ISTEP testing at school one year our Guidance Counselor was talking about the snacks given at breaks while kids were testing. She referred to orange juice being provided. I read the label on the package and it was orange drink - which is nothing more than kool-aid.
Passing laws is not the way to solve this problem. Personal responsibility is. We can't save everybody and some will suffer greatly for their poor choices but this will show others what happens and the government cannot be nanny and take my tax dollars to fund stupidity. Our tax dollars would be better spent on getting discipline back in the school and that will probably require some students being thrown into shock when they are required to straighten up, and if it comes down to "because I am bigger than you" then that will be their choice. Discipline at school will translate to discipline in life. In many inner-city schools I think military help is needed to make sure teachers can teach and students will learn. Uniforms are not a bad idea. This would prevent gangs from showing themselves as many use their attire as identification. Some intimidating men around the school who have the authority to demand respect is what is needed IMHO.
But can't you see the progressives/liberals now? The parade of the downtrodden and abused children would begin with a litany of their background and tough situations and how we must be sensitive. That is so true; we can't expect much from kids who come from homes where there is drug abuse, one live-in man after another, and neglect but are we helping them if we let that be an excuse? Where does it stop? Why should we enable them to go on in that lifestyle because they don't know any better and we weren't willing to do what's best for their future?
I really think it is only a matter of time before America falls. When people are ready to be taken care of by others and settle for a life of the minimum with little effort it becomes pervasive over generations. "We don't support the things we support with near the fervor we oppose the things we oppose." "Fight for the minimum and it will be given." I would use the teacher strikes as an example here. I don't even think people understand the difference between a public sector union and a private sector union. I am speaking in general terms here. When a president can be elected with so few qualifications or accomplishments we've got a problem. A flashy smile and saying what people want to hear is all it took. The Democrats probably would have won anyway in the last presidential election but couldn't they have found somebody who had accomplished something or had at least governed a state? His arrogance has shown how little he knows about leadership.
We need discipline and respect. I guess that's what this whole thing is about. I have probably lost all liberal/progressive readers but that's OK. We need self-discipline concerning what we do and respect for others and ourselves; we also have a responsibility to create that in our kids so that they won't need others to tell them what to eat, when to get up off their butts and do something, and have an appropriate appreciation for those in authority who want what's best for them.