Thursday, February 16, 2012

This is pure Soviet-style government...

Above: a cautionary tale from 1947
And it isn't in Russia.

Is this what the founding fathers had in mind when they declared independence from a government in which they complained of putting in place "a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance"?

By what right does any bureaucrat (who is getting his marching orders from Washington under the auspices of the USDA) have to come into a local school and interfere with what a parent feeds her own four-year old child?  Has a crime mentioned in the Constitution been committed here?  Has any crime at all been committed here?  At what point do we come together as a people and tell the federal government (and its surrogates in the state governments) "enough is enough!"?  I have not read the state constitution of North Carolina, but I suspect there is nothing in that document in which the people delegate to the state power to determine what parents feed their young children.  And if there is, shame on them!

And what a coincidence that these same "standards" in North Carolina are imposed by state bureaucrats in the other states.  What a coincidence, huh?

This is pure Soviet-style micromanagement of individual families and Kremlin-like domination over the states.  This is worship of the State.  This is not just Big Government.  Rather, we live in the days of the Government-god.  And the irony is that Americans call their national holiday "Independence Day" and spend fiat currency that says "In God We Trust."  You don't get much more Orwellian than that.

We are a people more dependent than our 18th century ancestors ever were!

In this North Carolina case, the dirty-work is being carried out by a state (as in one of the fifties) bureaucrat - but we all know the dirty little secret that our states today are mere puppets of Washington.  The federal government takes money from the people, and then doles it back to the people based on their state governments' compliance with (i.e. subordination to) Washington's dictates.  Isn't this yet more irony when you consider whom the City of Washington was named after?  The states have been reduced to being bossy big sister au paire surrogates of a super-Nanny State.  And there is a revolving door between the political offices in the state capitols and in Washington (which should really be renamed "Lincoln") - as the most efficient parasites who operate under the Democrat and Republican banners at the state level are tapped for bigger and better careers in looting at the federal level.

Once again, this is top-down tyranny - as all tyranny really has to be.

The USDA should be abolished.  The US Department of Health and Human Services should be abolished. All unconsitutional activity of the federal government needs to be brought to a screeching halt. And the people of North Carolina (whose ancestors accounted for a fourth of all of the quarter million Confederate deaths in the War Between the States) should stand on their hind legs and reclaim their rights as free people.  If you can't even send your four-year old to school with a non-government-approved sandwich, you are slaves.

And a good number of Americans think the federal objective of the War for Southern Independence was the abolition of slavery!  Another irony.

I wonder what it will take before Americans (whose modern notion of "freedom" seems to be some kind of abstract bumper-sticker slogan or "Go USA" type cheerleading) start telling their governments to mind their own business.  That is what real freedom is.  If you cannot even make a decision regarding family meal planning without bureaucratic oversight (even being compelled to purchase a state-approved meal), you are not free, Comrade.

HT: Mike Adams and Karen De Coster, the latter of whom sums it all up quite well:

The child was forced to eat processed chicken nuggets - after all, they meet the federal dietary guidelines! - in place of the lunch her mother chose for her. And the parents can be charged for the federalist foods provided to their children without their permission. Does this quote from the article bring you to the realization that you are sending your children to a centrally-planned, totalitarian gulag?
“With a turkey sandwich, that covers your protein, your grain, and if it had cheese on it, that’s the dairy,” said Jani Kozlowski, the fiscal and statutory policy manager for the division. “It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.” The lunch has to include a fruit or vegetable, but not both, she said.
This is the consequence of a government's fascist "war" on obesity and its fraudulent health & wellness paradigm.

Of course, as government takes over more and more, this kind of thing seems more and more "normal."  And when members of the political parties will typically excuse such actions as "for the health of our children" if these policies are being carried out under their own political party.  Even when they don't approve of such tactics, they won't cede the power because they think they will use such power properly when they are elected.

But then again, that is exactly how Soviet systems work: it is a bureaucratic and autocratic denial of liberty (often replacing parental authority with state authority) carried out in what appears to be a democratic process by a single party that claims it is acting "for the good of the people."

All that's missing is the hammer and sickle.


Rev. Eric J Brown said...

Anything done for the "greater good" by definition decides to trample over the individual... and quite possibly most individuals as well. Excellent post my friend!

Ariel said...

That story was actually a hoax:

Father Hollywood said...

Dear Ariel:

No, it isn't a hoax.

A hoax means it is made up, a spoof or a joke from, say, "The Onion" that someone believes to be true, intentionally or not.

That is not the case.

The facts of the mater are being investigated. It may well be that the facts are not exactly as presented, but the school and government officials are being very tight-lipped about it. It it were a hoax, they would come out and say "this is a hoax."

There is something here that should not be happening. The federal government really get involved in the micromanagement of schools - including private and parochial schools.

Here is a link from local news coverage of the incident:

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Pastor Beane. I would like to offer you a link to post on a parallel situation that I think you will greatly appreciate. It's Patrick Deneen at the Front Porch Republic. I won't try to comment or summarize on it, but would look forward to yours. I'm still trying to take it in.

Father Hollywood said...

Again, not a hoax. Here is a follow-up:

Father Hollywood said...

I wish this were a hoax, but the truth of it is becoming more clear...

Father Hollywood said...

Dear Lily:

I really find this thought-provoking - especially the comment that Jehovah's Witnesses do not get religious exceptions in their health plans based on their religious beliefs.

This is giving me a lot of food for thought.