A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
It would be laughable -- if our school kids weren't hungry!
By now, most everyone who pays attention, is aware of how our government, Big Nanny, has screwed-up school lunches so badly that our kids either won't eat the stuff or, they DO eat it and -- remain hungry.
This is just more evidence of what happens when the government takes an active hand in "helping" Americans.
Once again, I repeat my plea to the UIS government: "For God's sake -- stop helping us!"
ABC News reports the following: "School lunch trays are a bit lighter this year after Congress-approved calorie limits on school lunches went into effect in August. The new regulations, which were championed by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity, have inspired protests and even a video parody from students who claim the reduced lunches are making them go hungry." SOURCE: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/hungry-kids-grumble-healthy-school-lunches/story?id=17324285#.UGRYI66jg5vhttp://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/hungry-kids-grumble-healthy-school-lunches/story?id=17324285#.UGRYI66jg5v
When you actually consider what the government is insisting be served our growing kids, even a simple-minded idiot can see why the kids are hungry.
Consider this -- also for the same report at ABC News: "Under the new regulations, cafeterias are required to serve twice as many fruits and vegetables while limiting proteins and carbohydrates. For an average high school student, that means two baked fish nuggets, a cup of vegetables, half a cup of mashed potatoes, one whole grain roll and 8 ounces of fat free milk is the fuel that served to get them through their last four hours of classes." SOURCE: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/hungry-kids-grumble-healthy-school-lunches/story?id=17324285#.UGRYI66jg5v
Much, if not most, of what our school kids are being served in the school cafeterias is going straight from the food line to the garbage cans. They are not eating it. It is estimated that waste from school cafeterias has doubled since the new school lunch guidelines have taken effect.
So -- we wind up with hungry kids. Kids who DO eat it are hungry. Kids who DO NOT eat it are hungry. That 750 to 850 calories is simply not enough calories for growing kids. At best, it is a subsistence diet... just enough to keep one alive and functioning. School athletes are finding that "functioning" on the athletic field on that subsistence diet is near impossible.
This is a typical SNAFU of the US government -- and it was totally predictable. (These new guidelines were endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama and the democrat Congress back in 2010)
"Our kids are obese," they cry! Not so cussed fast here! Have YOU taken a look at the government standards concerning who is obese and who is not? You ought to do that before deciding you or your children are obese. You MAY just learn that what the government defines as obese, may not jive, at all, with what YOU define as obese. Again, we are allowing the government into our lives -- this time to decide who is fat and who is not fat.
Yeah, some of our kids ARE fat. But allow me to inquire of the parents of those "fat" kids -- are they sitting on their butts playing video games, or, are they outside hooping and hollering and running around like the little hellions they are supposed to be?
Heck, Mom, had to nearly send out search parties to find my brother and me when it was time to come inside at dusk. After dark, in the summer months, we'd be outside, with mason jars in hand, chasing lightening bugs. We were well-fed, and believe me, we were not obese.
Growing kids need fuel -- even "fat" growing kids. If I had children in school these days, they would be packing those brown paper bags to school with the food I want them to eat. (Hey, maybe it's time to bring back the old tin lunch boxes with Roy Rogers and Trigger on them, huh?)
What we have here, dear reader, is just more evidence of the over reaching of the federal government. Soon, government agents will be entering our homes, unbidden, to check our pantry shelves for government approved foods and our medicine cabinets for government approved drugs -- and to be absolutely certain that birth control pills and the morning after pills are stocked in each and every family's medicine cabinet. (Oh, they ALREADY have the authority to do that -- under the terms of Obamacare. Now that the Democrats passed the bill, you can read it!)
But don't worry. Things are going to get worse -- a LOT worse.
The food fight in our nation's school cafeteria is just an opening skirmish. Wait 'til the really "BIG STUFF" hits the fan. In the not too distant future we are going to see irate Americans in the streets raising hell over the government's take-over of their lives. But, I'm afraid it will be entirely too late.
Look. Those of us out here in the conservative hinterlands have been shouting this was coming for years, even decades. We were mocked and told to sit down and shut-up. But don't worry, soon we will be FORCED to sit down and shut-up -- by the government.
The devolution of America into a third world communist dictatorship could have been avoided. But I am awfully afraid it is too late to stop it now. Even taking to the streets will be countered by government authorities. (What do you think the government purchase of all that ammunition was about, anyway? The government is prepared for angry Americans rioting in the streets.)
THIS food fight is going to get a whole lot bigger in the months and years ahead. If I lived in an American city today, I'd be, at the very least, planning a way to move my family out and as far into the country as possible. Even folks living in the country are preparing, even now, to defend their property. A close friend revealed to me recently that he is stocking up on ammunition every chance he gets, insuring that he has a personal inventory, at all times, of no less than 5,000 rounds.
The food face-off in our school cafeterias is a small thing, to be sure. But a number of small things will inevitably lead to big things. If you doubt me, just wait 'til after noon on January 20th, 2013. That date, that hour, will, I believe, mark the end of the American Republic. At which point, all bets are off.
J. D. Longstreet
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