Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Many years ago there was a Peanuts comic strip starring Linus and Lucy. Linus comes running to Lucy to tell her that it is snowing. Lucy’s response, “Tell it to stop”. Moments later Linus returned with the question, “How does one address snow flakes, individually or collectively?” So what does that have to do with this month’s subject? Our selection this month is The Center for Science in the Public Interest. So then the question is are they individual morons or are they a collective moron? Let’s examine it.

This tax supported bunch has decided, in their wisdom, that small toys in “Happy Meals” should be forbidden. Such inducements, they believe, cause children to make poor food choices. What? How does a child make a food choice in a restaurant? Where are that child’s parents? Who would be paying for the food choice?

First of all, it is absolutely none of the government’s business what children eat in a restaurant. Secondly, children who get “Happy Meals” rarely travel to the restaurant alone. As I heard one mother explain, “Selling Happy Meals is McDonald's business, deciding what her children get to eat is her business.” When did it happen that the government decided they would try to control what children eat in a restaurant?

This appears to be another of those villages trying to raise a child. I say to the village, butt out. Take care of yourself and I will do the same. Can you just imagine what Madison or Jefferson would be thinking now about this?

I recognize that there are for sure some irresponsible parents. Some are even idiots. But, as free American citizens, they and they alone have the right and the responsibility to decide what is best for their children. In other words, they have the right to be idiots. McDonald's and other such restaurants have the right to offer inducements in an effort to sell their products. Their product is legal. For the most part their places of business are clean. So what is the problem?

The problem, dear friends, is morons. They seem to be multiplying. There is no one on the face of the earth who is qualified to tell me what I can or cannot eat. As a free citizen of America, my choices are my choices. Those morons who feed at the public trough serving at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, are serving only their interests.

Not only are morons multiplying, so is government interference into the private lives of her citizens. No where in the Constitution are there allocations for such intrusion. The time has come and gone when we must stand up and demand our autonomy back. Morons like those in this outfit and others need to get a real job. They need to learn a trade like shoe making or ditch digging for example. They need to figure out a way to make an honest living.

I would prefer if parents would make good choices for their children. Who wouldn’t? But to deny a child the thrill of opening up a meal and finding a surprise toy would be a criminal act. Hopefully they would not be eating a Happy Meal all that often, but again this is not my choice, it is instead their parent’s.

The rule is simple. McDonald’s, as a legitimate restaurant, has the right to market their facility and their product, consumers have the right to accept or reject their offerings or at least the right to avail themselves of the products on an occasional basis. If McDonald’s chooses to offer a toy as inducement, that is also their right. Morons, stay out of it. Get a real job.

Ron Scarbro July 20, 2010

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