Lacey Smith

Ensuring our kids respect the government’s power

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm

It’s taken me a week to write this post because I was so bothered by it that all I could think was “you’re kidding me, right?” and “Really? No, REALLY?”

I thought I was going to move on a little from this topic and talk about protecting our right to choose and pushing back against government overreach in this week’s post. But what I saw on my local news last Tuesday was enough to make my blood boil and write one more post on the topic of government overreach in what’s turned into a sort of mini-series on the topic.

First, you should read (or watch) the story: Davis High School fined $15,000 for accidentally selling soda during lunch.

If you’re too lazy, too busy or just don’t click on links, here’s the short story: public schools are not allowed to sell sodas during lunch periods. If they do, they are fined 75 cents a student for every lunch they serve until the “problem” stops. Davis High School in Utah turned off their soda machines during lunch, but didn’t realize their bookstore also sold soda and did so during lunch. So now they owe the federal government $15,000.

When I get over my sheer disbelief and thee feeling that my head is going to explode, I want to know – does somebody, anybody, want to explain to me how this is the federal government’s place? I simply do not understand.

This policy is so asinine, so backwards and so far overreaching that it on it’s own almost proves the point that all the other examples from last week’s post endeavored to do.

Forbidding schools from selling candy and soda during lunch is not going to teach our children healthy eating habits any more than a speedometer that has a top limit of 120 is going to force you to drive that fast.

Once it becomes a federal crime to sell candy during lunch we’ve crossed past the world of insanity into an almost Orwellian overreach of government. It’s way more than one step too far.

What this IS going to do is continue to teach our kids who’s in charge. It’s not themselves; it’s not the schools; it’s not their parents; it’s the government.

Not every student is going to know why their choices are restricted at lunch time, but some of them will. Some of them will just accept it, some of them will think it’s stupid, some of them will even agree with it. Many will just work around it – going off campus to buy their soda and candy. A few of them might recognize that this is extreme overreach.

Slowly, though, it will become normal and people will quit questioning it. They’ll all just deal. And though it’s not painted on a banner, they will accept the message that the government is in charge.

It doesn’t have to be a conscious acceptance. Just like we’ve accepted the fees on our cell phone bills, the volume of our commercials and that we have to get a permit before doing construction on our house. That’s just how it is and we just accept it.

The message is being taught that you can’t do something unless the government OKs it.

It’s sneaky and insidious, quiet and below the surface, but it’s there.

We need to be careful about the quiet messages being taught to us all, but especially to our kids. It’s my generation and my children’s who have to decide what the future of America looks like.

There is a war going on and it’s not just about America. It’s about the future of freedom. In the end, I believe the “good guys” win but I don’t know when the end is. It could be hundreds of years from now.

I want to live in a more free America and a more free world. Banning soda at schools during lunch makes the world less free. And maybe it’s not a big deal. But what it says about our government is.

It’s time to quit teaching our kids to respect the government’s power and start teaching them that whenever government becomes destructive to their freedom they have a right and a responsibility to change it.


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