Skip to comments.The Tea Party Jumps the Shark
Posted on 06/05/2014 8:43:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Watching the Tea Party consistently object to everything and anything the Obama administration has proposed over these 5 years has certainly been frustrating to those of us who believe that government can play a positive and valuable part in the lives of the citizenry.
In another column I listed just some of the initiatives that could have had our economy singing, our people employed, and our citizens enjoying the equal treatment guaranteed to them under our constitution and our laws. Instead, we have the most ineffective congress in history, universal, unrelenting obstruction, and our people and economy continue to struggle. And the Tea Party insults our intelligence by bemoaning that the Obama administration doesnt accomplish anything. Crazy-making!
But for me, the Tea Party has absolutely jumped the shark with their latest attacks on Michelle Obamas healthy eating initiative. If there is one universal imperative that everyone should be thrilled to get behind, its raising healthier kids. But as I understand the Tea Party argument government has no right to tell me what to feed my kids if I want to feed them poison in the form of fast foods and junk, well, theyre my kids, and thats my right. Sarah Palin personified the position a couple of years ago, when she expressed her opposition to the First Ladys initiative by delivering cupcakes to a local elementary school. About our children, she was metaphorically and actually -- saying, let them eat cake!
This reaction strikes me as infantile. Its as though the entire Tea Party is throwing itself on the floor and having a tantrum. No! I WONT eat my vegetables! I dont wanna and you cant make me! What kind of a parent chooses not to feed healthy food to his/her child? What kind of a parent is fine with allowing his/her children to become increasingly obese? What kind of parent would deny healthy food to someone elses kid? Just what is really going on here?
My hope is this -- that a hatred of our President that is so blind and overwhelming that it manifests in a desire to intentionally harm our children will finally rip the blinders from the publics eyes, and start them thinking about whether other issues that conservatives have opposed were actually objectionable, or were just another in a long line of otherwise worthy positions that were maligned because of who proposed them.
Or is this something more? The real opposition seems to be to new healthy requirements in school lunch programs. Who are the major beneficiaries of those programs? Poor children. For some of those children, their school lunch is the best meal of their day. But conservative hostility to poor people seems to have no bounds, so are they really saying that not only do poor children not have a right to decent, well-funded schools, but they dont even have a right to healthy food?
Think Im imagining things? The House of Representatives is currently considering a bill to mandate that white potatoes be included on the list of foods that women can purchase with their WIC dollars. (These are the same folks who rammed through an expanded definition of vegetables in school food to include the tomato sauce on pizza). Theres nothing wrong with potatoes I like potatoes, but studies demonstrate that most women and children already consume plenty of potatoes what they need is incentive to purchase more fruits and vegetables. This is why the nonpartisan, scientific Institute of Medicine, which advises on WIC standards, has cautioned that white potatoes should not be included in the WIC program.
The current standards are making a difference. In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which set higher nutritional standards for school lunches, and now, 90% of schools report that they are meeting these standards, and guess what? The rate of childhood obesity is declining for the first time ever. I can see why the Tea Party wouldnt love that (not!)
Is it just that lazy parents who enjoy junk food themselves dont want to have to change their own habits? Could they really be so selfish that theyre willing to trash their kids health rather than adopt new healthy habits themselves? I think the real answer is much more insidious. Like so many other political issues, you just have to follow the money. There are huge food companies that make a lot of money feeding junk to our kids. Its a very lucrative income stream that they dont want to give up. Theres gold in them thar burgers! So, they frame the issue as an infringement on personal freedom, mention that the Obamas are in favor of healthy food, and a million Tea Party members reflexively hyperventilate and attack the First Lady.
Shouldnt this be the issue that demonstrates to rational people in this country just how irrational the Tea Party is when they put their ideology of anti-Obamism and obstruction before everything including their own healthier kids? Wont this finally be the bridge too far? If not this issue is there ANY Tea Party position that the citizens of America will decide is too absurd for them to accept?
Another attack means the Tea Party are still alive while the left thinks that the same old liberal rhetoric is effective ammo and nobody sees through the BS.
Actually for most liberals, "drug-induced hallucination" is a more accurate phrase.
I guess , after reading her ‘commentary’, that Mardi has NO CHILDREN.
Tell Mardi Harrison, Community Blogger, to ask David Dewhurst if he thinks the Tea Party has jumped the Shark.
It’s disturbing to see how liberals think.
Those who have no children have no business pontificating to those who do.
The first few sentences were all I needed to know this article is BS. Stopped there.
It sure is. I would like to see the contents of this other column full of stuff that “could have” had our economy singing. I bet it’s full of the usual pap.
I have no doubt that Tea Party kids are far more healthy then Obot kids.
Just get the fricking Communist out of our lives.
These people live in an alternate reality. Michelle is the first lady and has no business telling people what to eat. Sadly, the recent research I’ve read indicates carbs of any kind are what is making us fat. Michelle is pushing all of this whole grain stuff which will only make us fatter.
I think it's interesting to see the lengths to which they will go to outwit themselves.
“economy singing” frustrated by grouchy old conservatives ...
Barfarama lama ding dong!
I’ve seen this attitude from my So. CA relatives: “Obama could have achieved so much—if not for the contrary, obstructionist Tea Party swine.”
Of course they know better, but are yellow dog dhimmis. They sound like this deluded blogger.
Lady, why do you insist on believing that when there is absolutely no evidence that government is capable of playing such a role?
Have you any examples of what you claim to be the case? A single one?
Do you have any reason whatsoever to believe that the government spending your money can do more good than you spending your money?
From the outset, your essay rests on a false premise.
But... i thought the Tea Party was irrelevant and dead?
HAHAHAHAHAH! Listen to these rubes squirm. Lets CRUSH ‘EM! And Moochelle!
Notice it says the government “CAN”. Not that it ever has. Typical ‘we can do it!’ troglodyte.
“The first few sentences were all I needed to know this article is BS. Stopped there.”
I did too. They are SO obvious.
Community Organizer..... Community Blogger...... hmmmmmmmm.
Didn’t Obama hire a bunch of ‘community bloggers’ ?
Ol’ Mardi dumped the snark too often. That’s all for her/him/it.
My comment is that I think Mardi Harrison, Community Blogger is a huge sycophant for 0. She reeks of irrelevancy.
Here’s one of her “blog posts” where she trips over herself attempting to lick 0’s boots...
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