It is probably fair to say no President, First Lady, or candidate for said office has ever left a campaign event, state dinner or probably any meal in general saying, “Gee, I wish I’d had more to eat.”  Yet none before the Obamas entered 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have claimed the authority to tell us what they want us to eat, while they eat what they want.  Plenty of kids across these 50 States have probably said that with increasing frequency in response to new federal mandates regarding school lunches.

While our First Lady is able to enjoy her favorite pizza, children in a Kansas school have made a video in protest.  Other students have said the portrayal is accurate, with students claiming they are still hungry throughout the rest of the school day.  There is so much wrong with this situation, it almost encompasses all the problems facing the Tenther movement today.

First, the school administrator interviewed said the solution in the past has been to make adjustments to the school lunches when there were complaints, but the new federal “laws” left him with his hands tied.  A word to that administrator personally, RESIGN!   Your primary responsibility is the well being of the students in your school.  You ought to know better than the people in Congress, the White House and the untold numbers of executive agencies trying to appear significant by churning out new rules.  You should even know better than the nine self-proclaimed demigods on the Supreme Court.  Show some spine and make the adjustments without their permission.  You want input on improving school food?  Go to your community first.

At a time when bullying is one of the most highly publicized problems in our schools, you have a chance to stand up to the biggest bully of them all.  But the example you choose to set is letting the bully push you around.  This may not be politically correct or in line with zero tolerance policies, but bullies will keep bullying until stood up to.  The good news here is that you don’t even necessarily have to break this bully’s nose.  As another former First Lady once said of another problem in our schools, “Just say no!

Now for the bad news.  The federal government has realized there is a problem, and is attempting to fix it.  The USDA is looking into solutions to the problems they caused, and we should all know by now the solution is never to repeal, reverse course or simply stop.  They will try to improve on solutions young minds are already using, with disastrous effects if these brilliant kids suddenly abandon their youthful rebelliousness.

So the USDA is suggesting bringing snacks?  The kids beat you to that one.  They’re already bringing their own snacks.  Oh, but what I’d those snacks don’t meet with federal guidelines?  Too much/too little protein?  Too much salt?  Just wait.  Our tender, loving federal family will attempt to tell us what’s best for us.  To monitor when and what our kids eat, they’ll set up “snack free zones,” which will be just as effective as gun free and drug free zones.  The funny thing is, we will all learn a lesson about nullification when it comes to that, “and a little child shall lead them.”

Benjamin W. Mankowski, Sr.

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