Originally posted at American Thinker. blog
After an extended interlude, America finally has another liberal buzz phrase to add to the country’s politically correct vernacular: Food Insecurity. ‘Food Insecurity’ is right up there with “man-caused disaster,” not to mention the long, ever-growing list of ‘ities’: neutrality, inequity, accessibility and ethnocentricity.
When an individual falls into the category of ‘food insecurity,’ it means they’re not sure where their next meal is coming from. Hopping on the bandwagon and hoping to woo the under-five set into the entitlement ‘OWS Gimme’ mentality, Sesame Street has introduced a downtrodden “food insecure” Muppet named Lily, whose voice sounds as if she’s been stricken with hunger-induced low blood sugar.
Despite the absurdity of a children’s program attempting to upstage Abby Cadabby with a malnourished pink mop head, there is no denying that there are many poor children in America who require assistance. For those that are truly impoverished, free meal programs are appropriate and should offer help.
However, if Sesame Street is determined to scare the hell out of children with a starving, left-wing puppet, the educational kids’ show should at least be sensitive to age-appropriate preschooler anxiety and make clear that Lily is certainly the exception and not the rule.
If ‘food insecurity’ vs. success-oriented self-reliance is what is being emphasized on educational programs, how long before ‘math insecurity’ becomes a learning disability and all school children are required to take a compulsory ‘C’ so insecure kids won’t feel bad about themselves?
Apparently, on Sesame Street it’s no longer about grouchiness, froggy-ness, rubber ducky-ness, or Aloysius Snuffleupagus because Elmo’s World is presently in the throes of being transformed into a children’s rendition of Obama’s World.
Obama’s world is a world where Muppets help to promote a “Food for Thought” campaign, which suspiciously coincides with Sesame Street’s gardening/seed sowing guest Michelle Obama’s healthy-eating initiative. Lily the Muppet in her sad, sickly voice seems more than willing to assist a president who taxes parents who pack their children’s lunches, while his wife attempts to dictate what should and should not reside inside those recyclable brown bags.
In other words, it seems like Sesame Street is working together with the Obama administration to help initiate government programs that come disguised as free lunch, but are really an entrée into indoctrinating and controlling future generations.
The message in schools across America used to be that there is “no free lunch” and that everyone who lives in the land of opportunity would one day be able to afford their very own tuna fish sandwich and carton of milk.
But that was then, this is now. With the 2012 election on the horizon, Barack Obama is brazenly fostering class warfare and attempting to convince a discouraged middle class that their struggles are the fault of greedy millionaires/billionaires, and ‘fairness’ – by way of wealth distribution – is now in order.
To assist Mr. Obama, puppet-dom has given birth to a character who is not as well off as the upper 1%, because according to little Lily’s way of thinking, while the Cookie Monster stuffs his fat face with unlimited piles of Triple Double Oreos, 99% of the other furry characters are insecure about where their next meal is coming from.
To address those inequities, Lily has been installed by the Children’s Television Workshop to beckon an audience Sesame Street used to encourage to ‘Set Your Piggies Free’ to walk those liberated little piggies on over to the counter where free lunch is now being served.
Who knows, maybe there’s an economic benefit that could result from the effort. There is always the chance that with Lily’s help and the food stamp program expanding at historic rates, famished Americans will be able to gather the strength and ultimately help grow the economy by stampeding toy store shelves if a Feed-Me-Lily craze surpasses the Tickle-Me-Elmo hysteria that took place a few years back.
Either way, Lily becoming a toy store star is a real possibility. Lily’s ‘free food at school’ message is not limited to daytime television or kids restrained in high chairs; her message has branched out to schools, hospitals and food assistance programs. The “Food for Thought” multi-media campaign also provides listings for family assistance services as well as “referrals to social service agencies.”
At the National Press Club, dressed in a blue dress with matching headband and necklace, America’s first ‘food insecure’ Muppet told a concerned group that despite being able to afford nice clothes she still “worries about her family not having enough money to feed her properly.”
Lord knows how little Lily mustered up the strength to pitch free food at school and utter the words: “Sometimes we can’t always afford to buy all the food that we need. I mean, but we’ve been finding lots of ways that we can get help…Yeah, for example, at school I get a free breakfast and a lunch…part of the meal plan.”
Little Lily’s speech should have ended the event, because National WIC (Women, Infants and Children) representative Reverend Douglas Greenaway may have given away the underlying recently-retired-Donald Berwick-inspired healthcare reform agenda when he spilled the beans by linking the ‘Food for Thought’ campaign to federal deficit-reduction.
The Reverend applauded Sesame Street’s efforts by pointing out: “What ‘Food For Thought’ does is remind people that eating healthy now gives [children] a good health outcome in the long term…what ‘Food For Thought’ does is really a deficit reduction strategy, and we hope policymakers will take notice of that.”
With Mr. Greenaway and Lily’s words in mind, and with deficit-busting Obamacare threatening to be implemented in the near future, even Big Bird better watch out. The way things are going on Sesame Street, the big yellow bird may one day be asked by Lily to do the right thing and surrender himself on the BBQ spit of ‘fairness,’ to teach American children that sacrificing your life for the ‘common good’ is sometimes the noblest contribution you can make.