Posted on January 17, 2024



Michelle Means It

Don't let Mrs. O "do everything for us"


Daniel Clark



Can it possibly be true that Michelle Obama is planning to jump into the presidential race as a late replacement for Joe Biden? Considering our nation's recent presidential electoral history, it's fair to say that stranger things have happened. Such speculation has been fueled by an interview she gave to British podcaster Jay Shetty, during which she professed herself to be "terrified" about this November's election.

Why does she feel so threatened? Here's a hint: "The fact that people think that government, 'does it really do anything?' and I'm like, 'Oh my God, does government do everything for us.' And we cannot take this democracy for granted." In the Obama family tradition, she was inventing an argument that nobody is making in order to rebut it. Even the most recalcitrant libertarian would be unlikely to say that our government does absolutely nothing for its people. Her opposite contention that it does "everything," by comparison, is chillingly sincere. To her, people are nothing without their government. Free people making their own decisions in life while providing for their families is what Democrat scaremongers call "fending for themselves."

As first lady, Mrs. Obama took up the cause of combating childhood obesity. The two phases of this approach were to change children's eating habits, and to encourage them to become more physically active. The truth be known, these are just pilot programs, which are meant to eventually be applied to the whole of the population, in keeping with her party's view of its constituents as the children of government.

Midway through the second term of Barack Obama's presidency, a report was issued by an obscure federal body called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which was created jointly by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. The paper concluded that, in order for its recommendations to be implemented, "motivating and facilitating behavioral change at the individual level is required." You read that right. A group of 20 unaccountable appointees to a federal office that has no business existing decided that we mere citizens must change our behavior. And they did it "for us."

In 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13544, creating the poorly worded National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, which was chaired by the Surgeon General, and tasked with, among other objectives, reducing "sedentary behavior." This new office was instructed to recommend changes in federal policy that are designed to make us get up and do things we'd rather not do. These are not changes to scholastic physical education curricula we're talking about. Our presumptive superiors in the NPHPPHC are talking about changing behavior in the personal lives of grown people in a free country.

Want some more examples of what a government that does everything for us can do? How about Social Security? The government takes money out of your paycheck for decades with the promise of giving it back to you later, based on the premise that you can't be trusted with it in the meantime. When it comes time to return it to you, this same government can't do that because it has already spent it, so it takes the money from somebody else and gives it to you, thereby pitting one generation against another.

Likewise, our government wishes to prevent us from misusing our property. For that reason, it reserves the right to stop you from developing your land, if the conditions on it happen to be consistent with the habitat of some supposedly endangered rat or mosquito. If your property includes a marsh, a pond, or even a puddle, it could be designated a federally protected wetland. From that point on, you won't be able to do a thing with it, except that you'll still have to pay the property taxes. Ever since the Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision, the government can even seize your land under eminent domain laws, just to transfer it to someone it thinks will put it to better use.

Another thing our government does for us is prevent us from using household appliances that actually work, because the ones that function properly are characterized as a threat to The Planet. People are now paying good money for dishwashers that don't get dishes clean, and dryers that don't get clothes dry. The phenomenon of clothes still stinking when they come out of the washer has become so commonplace that there are now products on the market that are designed to combat it.

The government is mandating that people start driving electric vehicles they don't want and can't afford, which don't handle either hot or cold weather very well, and which take a heck of a lot longer to recharge than it takes to fill up a gas tank. These cars run on lithium ion batteries that occasionally, and for reasons not entirely understood, burst into flames, which is a bit of an unsettling thought to those of us who own houses with built-in garages.

All these things are but minor inconveniences compared to public education. The government promises to teach the children, but then uses them as subjects for social experimentation. Public schools take the separation of children from their parents as an opportunity to inculcate them with values to which they know most parents would object.

They push a godless narrative based on the premise that life came about by accident, and thus is without purpose or intrinsic value. Without parental knowledge, let alone approval, they prey upon the sadness and confusion of pubescent children by encouraging them to reject their own identities, at a time when they are most in need of structure in their lives. They tend not to try very hard to teach the children anything useful, but they immerse them in racial obsessiveness, tell them malicious lies about their country and its history, and condition them to believe that human prosperity is destroying the earth.

These are just some of the most prominent examples of the "everything" that Mrs. Obama says the government does "for us." It cannot possibly escape her notice that in every one of these cases, it is doing things that the vast majority of us never asked for, and would never have chosen for ourselves. But what do we know? We're just people.



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