Daily Archives: February 22, 2011
The radical right-wing pundits must be at a total loss when it comes to things to be outraged about lately. How else to explain their recent rash of ridiculous rants against First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to reduce childhood obesity?
Like many First Ladies before her, Michelle Obama has seized her bully pulpit to help advance a worthy cause. Here are a few examples:
Ellen Wilson: Improving urban housing for blacks and immigrants
Lady Bird Johnson: Re-foresting
Rosalynn Carter: Addressing mental health issues
Nancy Reagan: “Just Say No” campaign against drug abuse
Laura Bush: Encouraging childhood reading
All of those initiatives were worthy of praise and welcomed by the public. Why then have radical right-wing pundits chosen to vilify Michelle Obama’s attempts to reduce childhood obesity which has been scientifically proven to increase adult sickness and disease and consequently pressure the already overburdened health-care system? The answer is simple. She is Michelle Obama, the wife of President Barack Obama. You see, the GOP, the Tea Party and right-wing pundits have a policy of opposing anything and everything proposed by the Obama administration regardless of merit.
Think about that for a moment. In 2009 they criticized Obama for failing to aggressively deal with the Somalian pirates that attacked an American vessel and kidnapped the ship’s captain. The conservatives claimed that Obama was weak on defense. Yet when Obama’s forces killed the pirates and rescued the captain, the right-wing claimed that Obama used excessive force against youthful perpetrators. Teapublicans railed against the 2009 stimulus package which provided billions of dollars to states that were suffering during the worst economic downturn since the great depression. Despite their opposition however, they gladly took credit for the pork that they brought back to their districts when those stimulus funds were delivered. Remember all those Republican governors, representatives and senators posing with those poster-sized checks which bore the ink-mark of the federal government. How about during the health care reform debate when Teapublicans and pundits feigned outrage at (fictitious) cuts to the Medicare program? Have you seen their recent budget proposals which call for massive cuts to both the Medicare and Social Security programs? The tactics of the right are the definition of “hypocrisy”.
Now Michelle Obama is their target. First, it was Sarah Palin that attacked her childhood nutrition initiative. On one episode of her unsuccessful reality television show, Palin was feeding “S’Mores” to her children while camping. The former ex-quitting half-term Governor of Alaska then quipped, “This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert.” Nevermind the fact that Obama has never said that children should not have dessert. In fact, at that time Ms. Obama had simply suggested that schools serve healthier lunches to our children. Someone should ask Palin whether she would rather have her children’s schools serve sugar and fat-laden lunches or something more healthy. On second thought, that issue is moot in that Palin’s children seldom attend school.
Next, it was moonbat-crazy Rep. Michele Bachmann (Teapublican-MN) who criticized Ms. Obama. The potential (but doomed) presidential candidate appeared with radical right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham last week and feigned shock that the First Lady would once again advocate on behalf of healthy children. Ms. Obama had just advocated in favor of breast-feeding as a method to reduce childhood obesity. In fact, the IRS even agreed that the cost of nursing supplies that aide in the practice would be tax-deductible. Ms. Obama explained, “We also want to focus on the important touch points in a child’s life. And what we’re learning now is that early intervention is key. Breastfeeding. Kids who are breastfed longer have a lower tendency to be obese.” Her spokeswoman Kristina Schake added, “Breastfeeding is a very personal choice for every woman. We are trying to make it easier for those who choose to do it.”
Sounds reasonable doesn’t it? Ms. Obama would like to encourage mothers to breastfeed their children so that they can potentially cut into the child obesity epidemic and the children can then live healthier adult lives. Furthermore, she would like to make it easier (i.e. less costly) for mothers to continue the practice by means of providing tax relief equal to the cost of the required supplies. A win-win. Healthier children and tax relief! Sounds like a plan right out of the tax-cutting, family-values Tea Party handbook.
Despite the merit of this worthy initiative, Bachmann was horrified. In her typical over-the-top and nonsensical language, Bachmann said that the Obama breastfeeding initiative amounts to a “new definition [of] the nanny state.” She told Ingraham,
“This is very consistent with where the hard left is coming from. For them, government is the answer to every problem. I’ve given birth to five babies and I breast fed every single one of these babies.To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump for my babies? You wanna talk about the nanny state, I think you just got a new definition.”
There is no question that Michele Bachmann is a crazy person that is not to be taken seriously. But wait, Sarah Palin then took the opportunity to board Bachmann’s crazy-train to koo-koo town. While complaining about inflation, she said: “No wonder Michelle Obama is telling everybody you better breast feed your babies. I’m looking and say, ‘Yeah, you better because the price of milk is so high right now’.”
Now batting, Rush Limbaugh. CNN reports, “Michelle Obama is taking heat from talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh after a report in the Vail Daily that she consumed a not-so-healthy-meal of ribs for dinner while on a recent visit to the Colorado resort, the latest example of conservative angst directed at the first lady’s healthy-eating initiative.”
“The problem is, and dare I say this, it doesn’t look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice,” Limbaugh said Monday on his radio program. “And then we hear that she’s out eating ribs at 1,500 calories a serving with 141 grams of fat per serving. She is a hypocrite. Leaders are supposed to be leaders. If we are supposed to go out and eat nothing, if we are supposed to eat roots, berries, and tree bark, show us how.”
The Vail Daily reported Sunday Mrs. Obama dined at the restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail Village, ordering “a pickled pumpkin salad with arugula and a braised ancho-chile short rib with hominy wild mushrooms and sautéed kale.” The first family, minus the president, went to Colorado for a long weekend of skiing.
Once again, these critics fail to mention that Ms. Obama has always said that unhealthy foods are acceptable in moderation. Indeed, at the President’s recent Super-Bowl party, they served bratwurst, kielbasa, cheeseburgers, deep-dish pizza and Buffalo wings with sides of German potato salad, twice-baked potatoes and assorted chips and dips. If they had served “roots, berries, and tree bark”, the radical-right would have complained that the First Family were elitists. There is simply no winning with these morons.
By the way, speaking of hypocrites, wasn’t it Rush Limbaugh that once said this about drug abusers: “These tough sentencing laws were instituted for a reason. The American people, including liberals, demanded them. Don’t you remember the crack cocaine epidemic? Crack babies and out-of-control murder rates? Liberal judges giving the bad guys slaps on the wrist? Finally we got tough, and the crime rate has been falling ever since, so what’s wrong?”
Do you really want to know “what’s wrong” Rush? Well first of all, where was Limbaugh’s voluntary submission to a tough jail sentence when it was revealed that he was an abuser of illegal drugs? Now that is hypocrisy!
What do you say we have another little song parody about Rush Limbaugh’s self-confessed drug addiction? Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with the parody.
White Rabbit song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oRKvpZ7PjE&feature=related
GO ASK LIMBAUGH
(sung to the Jefferson Airplane song “White Rabbit”)
One pill makes Rush larger
But no pill makes him small
And the ones that Glenn Beck gives him
Make Rush whimper and then bawl
Go ask Limbaugh
He’s right down the hall
Rush has an addictive habit
And it’s gonna cause his fall
Like a bazooka toting ratings killer
His pills are his last call
As he hits the wall
When Rush starts to get bored
He takes vicodin with some blow
And then he’s off to his dressing room
To prepare for his next show
Go get Limbaugh
A cup of Joe
When logic and proportion
Have escaped from his head
And this “White” Knight is talking backwards
Confusing Blue states with the Red
Remember when Rush takes his meds,
He’s brain dead
He’s brain dead