First Lady Michelle Obama officially “kicked off…[her] international agenda” by making Mexico City her first foreign trip. Besides underscoring President Obama’s “commitment to advancing mutual interests… respect and …responsibility between nations and peoples around the world,” Michelle plans to focus on “youth engagement.”
According to the White House, 1 million people cross the U.S-Mexico border every day, which means Michelle may be addressing future beneficiaries of redistributive wealth who possess the power to keep Barack firmly ensconced in the White House.
Recently the First Lady, who has “made the welfare of children the centerpiece of [her] agenda,” expressed the motherly belief that, “as a society we have a responsibility to support and nurture “the largest percentage of the world’s population who happens to be under the age of 25. Evidently, Mrs. Obama plans to fulfill that responsibility by “amplify[ing] and articulat[ing] a singular message … [of] self determination.”
The “act or power of making up one’s own mind about what to think or do, without outside influence or compulsion,” is the definition of self-determination. Michelle’s use of superstar power to influence freethinking in Mexico’s youth is somewhat of a dichotomy, especially in light of the FLOTUS’s strong views on everything from America’s “downright meanness” to sugar content in soft drinks.
What’s more, self-determination is defined as “the right of a people to decide upon its own political status or form of government, without outside influence,” which provides Michelle the chance to share firsthand knowledge on how blatant disrespect for opposing political views wreak havoc on presidential poll numbers.
The First Lady does retain the liberal right to set sane limits on Mexican self-directed thinking, especially if it involves choosing to eat junk food, pursuing personal interests versus serving the community or rebuffing H1N1 vaccines after a president declares a national emergency.
With obesity on the rise in Mexico Shelley’s autonomy tour is arriving in the nick of time. “Mexicans are eating more and exercising less. By some estimates, more than 200,000 people die each year in Mexico because of heart disease, diabetes and other diet-caused illnesses.”
Mrs. Obama possesses a plethora of experience encouraging healthy self-determination. Take for example the innovative “Let’s Move” initiative, which promotes self-regulation of food choices through mandated removal of every other option than those approved by Michelle.
With zero intention to sway an amnesty-voting bloc and just prior to the President addressing the issue of immigration reform Michelle may decide to take a page from Barack’s act of contrition book. It wouldn’t be out of character for the First Lady to offer compensatory apologies to Mexico for a greed induced American recession that impeded the free “flow of money into Mexican villages and towns” by “drying up the jobs” Americans wouldn’t do.
Presidential-spouse historian Myra Gutin contends, “As the first lady, you have a chance to assert in a quiet way, I speak for the government. Or to say, I don’t speak for the government. You can have it both ways.” Navigating the northern hemisphere, preaching self-determination, while advancing repressive policies that quell self-rule at home, exemplifies having it “both ways.”
Maybe after completing a self-determination excursion to Mexico the “uniquely influential” First Lady can venture further northward and clarify for America why the Obama collective vision seems resistant to individual thought, political debate and hostile to those who defy the shackles of government compulsion?
Going to Mexico to advocate self-determination is just another exercise in hypocrisy for the intrusive Michelle Obama who supports government, not self, as the seminal authority.