By Alden Benton
According to an article from CNS News (Read Complete Article Here), United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of the National Restaurant Association last Monday (September 19) that Americans need to “adjust” their tastes so that they like the kind of food the government believes they should eat.
This is Statist arrogance at its worst.
Since when did the people of the United States give up their right to choose what food they will eat? Since when did the scope of the USDA expand to the role of national food Gestapo?
The only legitimate role for the USDA is to encourage maximum efficient crop yields and to ensure that our food is not contaminated. No more. To do more, treads on the individual’s right to choose.
This is about more than food.
The bottom line is that Secretary Vilsack, and the First Lady, think we are too stupid to make what THEY think are good choices. In their leftist-statist mindset, they look upon average Americans like they are unruly children that need discipline and constant guidance so that they will conform to the government’s view of what is correct behavior.
Sounds like George Orwell’s big brother scenario in 1984.
We are not children, Mr. Secretary.
Oh, I can hear the liberals howl about obese children, an epidemic of coronary disease, and the pandemic of diabetes because of the junk we eat. Well, a majority of these problems arise from two sources: bad personal decisions and bad parenting or both. The government cannot, and should not, attempt to fix or control either.
If our great fathers and mothers in Washington don’t like the way we eat, they should just sit down, and shut up.
Liberty is the freedom to make your own choices. If those choices turnout to be bad or harmful, liberty also gives us the opportunity for do-over’s. As the old adage goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again.”
However, the fact remains that those choices are ours to make, ours alone.
My parents were the last people who told me what to eat. It was their responsibility as parents.
Secretary Vilsack, Mrs. Obama — you are not my parents! Keep your nanny-state notions to yourself and stay out of my kitchen and away from my meals!
©2011 A.L. Benton/Independence Creek Enterprises