If there is one thing most leftists can agree on, it is that choice is a bad thing. It is much better, they contend, to let the federal government determine which car you should drive, what type of healthcare you may receive, and what foods are appropriate.
Michelle Obama has been deeply involved in that last category since her “Let’s Move” campaign began four years ago. She has successfully coerced numerous school districts to implement federal nutritional guidelines so restrictive that whatever meals result have little chance of actually being eaten by a student.
She has now teamed up with one of the largest chains in the world to bring that government interference into the private sector. A recently announced partnership between the first lady and Subway restaurants indicates the latter has promised $41 million to spread the nutrition gospel according to Michelle Obama.
The chain’s chief marketing officer portrayed the move as “a natural extension of what we do.”
It appears, however, to be merely a reflection of the disastrous policies Obama has already foisted upon the public school system. Kids’ meals will now follow the same basic guidelines that made school lunches even more undesirable than they were in generations past. These meals will forego chips and a soda for an apple and water, all while echoing the highly partisan rhetoric of the Obama administration.
While leftist nannies are celebrating the capitulation of a major restaurant chain, many who would prefer not to think about Michelle Obama as they unwrap their meatball sub are threatening to find another sandwich shop.
— Desperado51 (@50Desperado) January 23, 2014
— Chris Jacobs (@chrisjacobsHC) January 23, 2014
whatever happened to gov’t being gov’t and business being business? | Michelle Obama’s Face at Subway shops? http://t.co/RL1LemqYBZ
— Richard Pipkin (@MacPipkin) January 23, 2014
Of course, this isn’t the first time Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign has been able to hijack popular brands and characters for the cause. One of her speeches last year implored those in the private sector to submit to her will, which could have been a factor in Subway’s recent decision.
The White House chef who heads the campaign extolled the virtues of a restaurant bowing to the demands of the first lady.
Sam Kass said the chain is “raising the bar for what a responsible, quick-service restaurant can do to help support the health of the nation.”
In reality, Subway has always offered healthy choices – along with not-so-healthy ones. The mere presence of those options, however, is insufficient to government interventionists who despise the concept of free will.
–B. Christopher Agee
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