A 7-year-old student in LaPlace, Louisiana has had it with the sudden changes to his school lunch, and he has decided to let Michelle Obama know about it. There have been many documented problems with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, but Trip Klibert’s letter is a reminder that the children affected by the program have their own concerns. They may not be as serious as massive food waste, federal overreach, and questionable nutrition standards, but they are certainly more colorful.
Dear Mrs. Obama,
Thank you for trying to make my school lunch better, but you have ruined Taco Tuesday. Please bring back the old taco shell. I miss them. Also, the pizza is terrible. If you would like to try the new tacos, I will buy you lunch.
What First Lady could ignore such a polite, well-written plea for a better quality taco shell? Well, to her credit, Michelle responded, though she was apparently unmoved by Trip’s disgruntled take on the state of the cafeteria. According to the Times-Picayune, she responded with an explanation of her initiative, an autographed picture, some trading cards, and an acknowledgement that “adjusting to new things can be difficult.”
This was enough for Trip, whose mother said, “I think he may prefer the old tacos and pizza over the whole grain, but now he knows the reasons behind the change.”
Michelle may have won over the support of a 2nd grader, but the school lunch program continues to fail on a daily basis. The primary reason for this failure is that it aims to do something that is simply not within the sphere of the federal government, i.e., decide what children are supposed to eat. That decision should be left to parents.
Again and again, liberals want to usurp the role of the parent. Whether that’s a quest for power or a tacit acknowledgement of how destructive their policies have been for the family institution, one can only guess. The result is the same either way. Freedom shrinks and the federal government expands. This, of course, is exactly the opposite of what the Founding Fathers wanted for this country. More importantly, it is the opposite of what this country needs to survive and thrive.
What makes America great is not its diversity, its multiculturalism, or its tolerance. What makes America great is freedom, and for a variety of well-intended reasons, we are letting those freedoms slip away one program at a time.
Bring back Taco Tuesday, and bring back small government while you’re at it.