Mike Huckabee used to be overweight and in declining health. He radically changed his lifestyle and transformed himself into the healthy and fit man that he is today.
Good for him!
But why join the Nanny State bandwagon with Michelle Obama?
Its true that many (most?) Americans are overweight and out of shape. This increases healthcare costs (think insurance premiums and taxes to pay for government-paid programs), reduces economic productivity, and shortens lifespans. There is no doubt that this is a problem throughout the nation.
Getting the government involved though…that does not seem to be a good idea based upon past performace.
I mean, with a Surgeon General like this?
My guess is this effort won’t succeed in reducing obesity or increasing fitness, but it will get the government more involved in people’s lives. It will cost a lot of money and fund some pet projects along the way too. All to satisfy the busybodies who know what is best for us. That reminds me of a quote:
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
Michelle Obama would do well to get her own children fit and healthy first before she decides to lecture others on how to eat. Maybe she could get he husband to quit smoking too while she is at it. My guess is though that the Obama girls will remain chubby, her husband will continue puffing, and this whole effort will fail and be forgotten in a few years.
Maybe M. Simon is on to something when he writes about similarities amongst statists. The common thread is controlling what others do, even in the name of something good, like Mike Huckabee advocates. He ends his post with this gem.
And why do I call Christian “Conservatives” liberal? Because like all liberals they believe that there are a lot of things that can be fixed with a liberal application of government. They believe in the Daddy State. Liberals are more inclined to the Mommy State. Family values.
Hey, I am all about a healthy diet and rigorous exercise, both are a part of my lifestyle and I encourage others to emulate that. Governments and moral busybodies don’t need to lecture me on this subject though, free people need to choose this for themselves and realize the benefits.
Call me a radical but I don’t think its the government’s place to tell us what or how much to eat.
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December 23rd, 2010 by admindude