Sarah Palin does it again- how does she manage to say the darndest things? ThisÂ time, Palin managed to criticize First LadyÂ Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative which attempts to curb childhood obesity.Â Martin from CNNÂ reports that Palin said the following on a radio interview with Laura Ingraham:
“Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat…instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician’s wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.”
Clearly the media thrives off Palin’s every gaffe. However, one would have to be inclined to disagree with her on this. WithÂ obesity ever-increasing,Â there are parents who cannot be trusted to make decisions for their own children. SomeÂ parents,Â even those with the bestÂ of intentions,Â are completely unaware when it comes toÂ knowingÂ how to distinguish between healthy and unhealhy foods. They need someone who can give them the knowledge to prepare healthy foods for their families. Also, not all families are living a life of luxury; healthy food is expensive, whereas unhealthy food is much cheaper. Some parents, on the other hand, simply don’t care.
Â Michelle Obama isn’t necessarily “taking over” or “making decisions for us”Â in the seemingly totalitarian way that Palin suggests; she is simply doing something to keep the country’s children healthy.Â Â How is a “country going to get back on the right track” if its inhabitants are dropping dead from consuming unhealthy, over-processed food? According to the “let’s move”Â website, 33% of children are obese and will suffer from diabetes among other serious diseases.
Granted, the government cannot directly intervene in each child’s life. However, it does have a responsibility to make sure its citizens are healthy, and taxpayers aren’t paying extra to support individuals who have health problems that could have been easily prevented. Isn’t it every child’s “god-given right” to live aÂ healthy (and informed) life?
Is theÂ prospect of Palin becoming President gettingÂ scarier and scarier? Oh, you betcha.