Thursday, November 25, 2010


While I have tried to keep this blog apolitical, and although I will attempt to do so in the future, I couldn't let this one go:

If you are a Sarah Palin fan, don't just stop reading the article because you think she is right about everything and because the author of the article is immediately critical of her. Read what U.S. Army Major Gen. Paul Monroe has to say, about halfway down the page. Then decide whether what Palin is blabbering about is right or not.

If you can even admit that you agree with her in lots of instances but that in this case she is overreaching a bit, you're maybe on the road to recovery. 8-)

I can say with certainty that kids were in far better shape 30 years ago than they are today. P.E. was a daily occurrence at school, and every day it included some hard exercise. Over the last 30 years, school curriculum has been gradually degraded by cutting out P.E., not making it a requirement, etc. Now we have a celebrity presidential wannabe talking about how the First Lady promoting physical activity equals more government intrusion into our personal lives? Or talking about how the First Lady believes parents can't do the job required to keep their kids in good shape? Michelle Obama has never hinted at either.

Good grief... reinstate P.E. as a school requirement wherever we can, increase the quality of school lunches, and for heaven's sake, if the First Lady wants to use her status to help promote good health and healthy choices, shut up and let her do it!

I tend to trust Paul Monroe (and Michelle Obama) a lot more on this issue than I trust someone who looks for an anti-government angle in *everything*. In her vain attempts to cast everything in an "anti-government" light, this time Palin casts common sense aside.


Blogger rand said...

Right on, great article!!

8:13 PM  
Blogger T. Paine said...

Snave, I agree with you that there is a great need for daily P.E. classes in school. I also think nutrition should be taught as part of health classes and school lunches should be healthy. Seems to me these were all givens when I was in school.

I don't have a problem with Michelle Obama cheerleading for such things. More power to her!

I do think we need to change the attitudes and the current culture so that parents take responsibility for their kids and enact these things on the local level through the PTA and school district in their area.

I do NOT want federal legislation passed to mandate these things. It is far better, more efficient, and more effective to be enacted at the local level IF we can convince parents to pay attention. What Michelle Obama is doing is great to bring that topic to light.

Lastly, there is not a constitutional basis for enacting federal legislation of this type otherwise. Perhaps I am reading too much into it, but I suspect that was the point Palin was trying to make.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Palin has no other function other than self promotion and the money that comes from it. She will be remembered historically much like those cheap Ronco products that were dragged out at Christmas only to end up in the back of the junk drawer. The commercials sure sounded great as a kid but the product wasn't.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

I know, she is too much. Of course if Michelle were not doing anything about childhood obesity Sarah would probably be criticizing her for that.

I didn't realize schools don't require PE anymore! Of course even when I was young PE was a lot of team sports, so much of the time you were standing around in the outfield waiting to see if a ball would come your way. Why not just have kids do exercises!

1:47 PM  
Blogger JMyste said...

Demeur, I must wholeheatedly disagree with your analysis of Ms. Palin. She is a great comedian, also.

9:32 AM  

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