I try to avoid politics here. Everyone has their opinions and I don't really want to upset my friends. But I just have to say something today.
I've voted both Republican and Democratic over the years; "party" hasn't historically mattered much to me. I'm not especially liberal or conservative. What I AM is "progressive". I believe that government has a legitimate function in organizing society to advance The General Good. I believe in empowering the will of the citizenry to improve the lives of as many people as possible. I believe that democratic (small "d") government is a protection against the sometimes overwhelming influence of the very powerful.
And I have a degree in "Government and Politics", so I know a little about the inside game. And heck, when the local newspaper is 'The Washington Post', you can't help but stay informed about the political games.
But some things are going on politically that just baffle me. FLOTUS (First Lady Of The United States, Michelle Obama) is being attacked for (please don't snort milk out your nose) "supporting healthy lunches for schoolkids"! What a shockingly outrageous idea... How DARE she!
Well, that's how current Republican politicians are reacting anyway. "Governmental over-reach", "Nanny State", "Regulations", they are screaming.
OH COME ON... Now its a political crime to suggest that kids should eat healthy lunches? This is a controversial idea? For many children, the lunch they get at school is the best meal they get all day. Who can be against healthy meals for children? I probably don't have to tell you (except by mentioning I haven't voted Republican lately)...
And then the MSNBC (yeah I watch that a lot) host mentioned something I had not thought about. Those kids who only get their one healthy meal at school have been getting them there during the Summer too. Never occurred to me (and I am embarassed not to have realized that). Now Republican politicians want to stop THAT too. For URBAN kids... Wait, don't all children need healthy meals equally? They want to continue it in their rural districts of course. Where they consider government support contemptible...
I want all children to be fed well enough to grow and thrive. Children are growing brains as well as bodies, and healthy children grow up to be more productive and skilled adults. Even if I just looked at it selfishly, healthy children today are going to support the world I live in tomorrow. Of course, I'm not just looking at it selfishly. Children should be helped to a healthy adulthood for their own sakes. I cannot conceive contesting such a basic premise.
But I want to close on the politics of this idea. The proponents of this idea of reducing the schoolyear quality of childrens' lunches and the idea of eliminating their lunches during Summer vacation are all conservative Republican polititians. Can't we at least agree that children are not to blame for the poverty or lack of parenting skills of their parents and agree to feed them enough decent food to help them become mentally and physically healthy adults?
I don't even care what political views they have when they reach adulthood. I just want them to be healthful and mentally clear-thinking adults.