There is a mindset that develops when society moves away from the laws of God. It fills the vacuum left from abandoning morality and reason.
It is the progressive mindset.
The progressive mindset seeks to set arbitrary standards and enforce them with militant oppression. At the turn of the 20th century it was alcohol. That’s right, progressives brought us prohibition. It was quickly learned that you cannot legislate morality, yet progressives continue to try.
Today, it is sugar. Those evil white granules of obesity must be stopped for our own good, along with salt. Oh, and fats. Something must be done, and now! After all, America is fat and diabetic. More American children than ever before are categorized as obese. What is the progressive solution? Ban it, regulate it, tax it and then make it illegal. Sugar that is.
Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. -Ronald Reagan
Let’s face it. Progressives have never met a tax they didn’t love. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced this week the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET Act), which aims to institute a tax of one cent per teaspoon – 4.2 grams – of sugar, high fructose corn syrup or caloric sweetener. Why such a tax? The goal is to reduce public consumption through a price increase just as with the gasoline and other energy taxes. DeLauro freely admits it.
There are progressives on both sides of the isle that feel the need to control the behavior of everyone else while excepting themselves. Take the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by first lady Michelle Obama and her “Let’s Move!” campaign, please. The first lady and other progressives have limited caloric intake to such a degree that kids can no longer have bake sales without special permission from the state.
Without state-approved exemptions, any treats sold would have to meet calorie, sodium, fat and other requirements. The law permits states to fine schools that don’t comply. Such restrictions make it impossible to even sell something as simple as a bag of popcorn. Why? Popcorn sold on site during the day must contain no more than 230 milligrams of sodium per serving until 2016, when it drops even lower. No more than 35% of calories in an item can come from total fat. The result, popcorn as tasteless and lifeless as the progressive agenda.
These regulations are based on yesterday’s science which changes with the wind. They have found that fats once thought to be bad are now good. The role of salt has been redefined more than once and so on it goes.
We should be concerned about obesity. We should be concerned about what our kids eat and even what we eat. The problem is that it is not the role of government to regulate, ad nauseam, every aspect of our lives. The solution to obesity seems simple, limit caloric intake while increasing physical activity. Unfortunately, our obesity problem goes beyond food and exercise.
Almost half of the children in America are born to a single parent household. Worse, many of the remaining two parent households are broken up by the time the child is an adult. While the makeup of the home is not the only factor, it is a big one. A lack of stability and structure in the home leads to emotional overeating and indulgent laziness among other physiological factors.
The biblical remedy is by no means easy, but it is straightforward.
The Lord meant for us to be part of a family. Children need their father and their mother to become healthy people. Life is more than food, in fact man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. The order and disciple of godly parents teaches us that life should not be self focused. We moderate our eating so that we are not gluttonous. We learn the value of work and doing our part within the family.
A healthy spirit builds a healthy body.
The progressive, anti-God ideology is a failure. Even as they dramatically limit free will, progressives are losing the battle. The more regulations that are imposed the worse the problem becomes.