The Food Police

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


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Second, the government is poorly situated to tell you how to feed your child or yourself.  Take, for example, the government’s recent statement that Americans eat too many carbohydrates, and that the bread we eat is loaded with salt.  They’re right, naturally – but the reason we’re eating too much bread is because they told us to do it in the first place.  I remember attending public grade school and hearing our teacher tell us about the Magical Food Pyramid, which showed grains and rice taking up the base of the pyramid (accounting for 6-11 servings per day).  There was no way to look at that pyramid and not assume that the key to health was to carb load.

As it turns out, the reason the federal government stacked the Food Pyramid with grains is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture created the pyramid, and in order to please farmers, decided to convince Americans to buy tons of corn flakes.  As Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard Medical School observed, “The economic interests are so strong …. It’s very difficult for them to be objective, so it’s probably the worst possible agency to do the pyramid.”

Now that the government wants to give us “free” healthcare, we have to listen to the food police about every aspect of our health.  With the government running healthcare top-to-bottom, it will be difficult to challenge its dominance.  We’ll all be like the little girl’s mom –fuming at the standard, and then accept it because they have no choice.

This is the danger of “free” goods from the government – there are always strings attached.  If you accept food from the government, don’t be surprised to see Michelle Obama waving her finger in your face, urging you to eat organic.  As that four-year-old girl found out, there’s no such thing as a free lunch when the government wants to control your life.

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  • sybilll

    Children step aside, now Michelle Obama's Partnership for a Healthier America has coerced the Mars Company into discontinuing super-size candybars, and limiting the maximum calories to 250 on all Mars products. http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/health/healthy_living/mar

  • sandykramer

    Michelle Obama's attempts to limit the joy of junk food, one of America's few remaining available luxuries, adds another reason to the seemingly endless list of justifications for the defenestration of the chocolate queen and her consort. If we cannot live free, can we not die of gluttony?

  • oldtimer

    I'd like to see what they eat, behind closed doors. Does this make her proud of her country, that they try to control even what we eat? Does her husband still smoke?

  • voted against carter

    HEY! All you little people, SHUT UP AND DO AS YOU ARE TOLD.

    Barry and me KNOW what is best for YOU.

    You are too STUPID to make your own choices.

    – Mitch'ele Obama

    • johnnywoods

      That`s Moochele to you buddy!

  • scotsirish

    Let US declare one day across America as "Kids For Chips Day"
    or something of the like.
    They ALL bring junk food for lunch; chips, cake, Nutty Buddy bars.
    Every child in America participates.
    Heh.
    This would give the Food Nazis something to do…….

  • tagalog

    When the government controls your health care with taxpayer money, it can justify telling you not only what you can eat, but what you can do. "Half an hour on the treadmill, everyone!"

    The guy who had a heart attack after making the free and voluntary choice to eat the Heart Attack Burger was only a year or two away from risking going to jail for that, along with the principals in the restaurant, who had the gall to "impose" such a risk on people.

  • tagalog

    I used to think that the story of the Russian in the 1930s, who wrote graffiti on a poster of Josef Stalin in the USSR (the poster said "Under Stalin, life is better;" the graffiti artist added the words "for Stalin"), and got eight years at hard labor in the gulag for Anti-Soviet Propaganda under Article 58, was one of those "It Can't Happen Here" stories. Now I'm not so sure. Catholic hospitals, break out your condoms!

  • BS77

    George Orwell would have relished writing about this madness. It's the Nanny State, folks….liberalism run amok….. rules rules rules and humongous bureaucracies to manage the social control behind the New Age agenda. They will manage a 4 year old's lunch but leave our southern border open. They will take away your incandescent bulbs, but shrug as our debt spirals beyond fifteen trillion dollars.

    • dasfasdf

      orwell was a socialist

  • Rifleman

    Work and recreation affect one's health, so the government will regulate those as well. There is very little in life that doesn't affect a person’s health, so nationalized healthcare is a justification and means for leftists to micromanage the lives of Americans and further implement socialist policies. In going along with obamacare, the privacy and ‘choice’ folks are kicking the legal and supposed moral foundation of their claimed rights from under themselves.

    The poor fools who think a government with the power to control their stomach won’t control their wombs or sex lives are in for a rude surprise. Those private personal choices became a political question to be determined by the government under obamacare, along with almost everything else.

  • Ghostwriter

    This may be a small thing but the lunch room incident may help end the Obama administration.

  • NotaBene

    Oh yes, terrifying – if you want a vision of the future, imagine a kindly young kindergarten teacher handing a child a sugarless bran muffin – forever.

    • Sage on the Stage

      No, they'll ban diet green tea. Just wait and see.

      • tagalog

        Because the scientists working for the Food Police will suddenly discover that instead of being good for you as they've been proclaiming all along, it's really bad for you.

        So the vision of the teacher handing the pupil a sugarless bran muffin must be modified in such a way that when it's proclaimed that bran is really not good for you, its place will be taken by some other type of "healthy" food.

  • johnnywoods

    I am still waiting for someone to explain how three chicken nuggets are more nutritious than a turkey and cheese sandwich.

    • intrcptr2

      Or how's about a refused pile of raw veggies versus an eaten banana?

      Ain't gonna happen; nutrition doesn't matter, Jr following the rules does.

  • crypticguise

    Maybe somebody has to threaten these IDIOTIC government inspectors with bodily harm if they interfere with "my child" or my child's lunch at school. This kind of nonsense would NEVER have been allowed in America past. This is tyranny! Kick their a**es.

  • Sage on the Stage

    What Mr. Shapiro forgot to mention was that the mother had to pay the bill; for the meal her 4 year old daughter ate, when they took her home-packed lunch away. The school sent the mother a bill for the lunch; adding injury to insult. This is miserable, to say the least. Lookout Americans! They're taking your freedom away!

    • intrcptr2

      lawsuit city

  • Brujo Blanco

    Anther liberal probe. The Nanny State will be reality. If they can tell us what to eat and what not to eat it will open the door to the deprivation of liberty a little more. Thee are those childrenthst are picky eaters and the parents know this. This is a parental decision being taken over by government.

  • NotaBene

    If you morons want to eat yourselves to death just to spite Obama be my guest.

    • tagalog

      At least it will be a free and voluntary choice instead of one mandated by the state.

  • Gomer Pile

    Another arguement for home schooling, unfortunately!

  • http://www.dailyfoodrecipes.com/ Food Recipes

    Food Police? Sounds like a brilliant idea!!

    http://www.dailyfoodrecipes.com