Saturday, March 24, 2012
Becoming Socialized to Socialism
So the trigger to start this diatribe of mine came late last night. My husband pointed out a CBS article to me about Mayor Bloomberg in New York City, Food Donations Banned to the Homeless. "What?" I exclaim. Surely I couldn't have heard him correctly. Nope! I did. No more donating food to homeless shelters because "they" (Big Brother) can't assess the salt, fat and fiber content of the food. In the interests of becoming more socialized to socialism, clearly we can see the benefits of this plan. How much better to starve to death in a healthy manner with a healthy heart and arteries than to stay alive on food which might have a questionable salt or fat content! I am sure most people would prefer to go hungry rather than consume food which does not contain enough fiber. If you are a person who would prefer otherwise, that is okay too. Big Brother will do the thinking for you. You are not responsible enough to make your own choices. Let the government do it for you.
Now, now, clearly I am upset over an isolated incident. Couldn't be a trend! Maybe it is just New York. Things are always different in New York. What about less cosmopolitan areas of America?
Turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, chips and apple juice did not pass inspection as being "healthy enough" for a 4 year old preschooler to eat. Instead, she ate chicken nuggets from the school cafeteria. This is not an isolated incident. A turkey and salami sandwich did not "cut the mustard" either. At least at the NC schools, Big Brother only inspects the home made lunches. In some places, they are banned altogether. No lunches from home are allowed in a Chicago school.
I could have a huge diatribe alone on the questionable health of school lunches. Especially when you consider the seven million pounds of Pink Slime that winds up in school lunches. Ewww! Big Brother says Pink Slime is okay for your child's school lunch. I am so glad that "THEY" know so much more than the parent of an individual child. Here I just thought that Beef Trimmings were only fit for a dog, instead of a growing child. But, I digress.
Socialism does not focus on our human nature and the role that incentives play in guiding our behavior. We want to be rewarded for our efforts. If our reward is the same irregardless of the amount of energy and work we put into any given task, then the urge to give something our "all" dissipates. Most parents can intuitively understand why ultimately socialism will not sustain itself.
Socialism is doomed to fail. Any child can see the inherent problem when there is no reward commensurate with effort. The cry of "No Fair!" resonates within the system. However, that is where we are headed. Big Brother is regulating our lives and socializing us so much that we don't even notice how far down the slope we have fallen. We had better wake-up because a new day is dawning, and it won't be a pretty spring one either.