RUSH: Now, something else. You remember a couple of days ago we had the story from the Carolina Journal about the federal agent that was inspecting school lunches brought from homemade by four-year-old preschool moms? A federal agent was at an elementary school in North Carolina, in Raeford, and they found that the lunch brought from home didn’t meet federal health guidelines. Well, we don’t know this because it’s not being reported, but the state of North Carolina is in an uproar over this, and it is a clear indication the culture war is alive.
RUSH: Now, let me fill you in objectives happening in North Carolina as a result of what happened at the Hoke County Elementary School. We had the story from the Carolina Journal earlier this week, a four-year-old brought lunch from home. It was a turkey-and-cheese sandwich, a banana, and something else. There was a federal agent there inspecting every lunch brought from home. This little girl’s lunch was found to be unacceptable. It wasn’t approved. It didn’t meet federal guidelines. They’re saying that it was absent a milk or milk equivalent. So they ran and got some chicken nuggets and made the kid eat the chicken nuggets.
Now, there’s some confusion over whether they took her lunch away and made her eat the nuggets or whether they let her eat her lunch and got the nuggets and brought them and added to the lunch and left it up to her. Trying to get to the bottom of this is a little distracting. Here’s the point. The point is that the state of North Carolina is in an uproar that there is even a federal agent in the school looking for this kind of thing. Now, this story, you’re not gonna see it on the news shows that are talking about Obama’s approval numbers. You’re not gonna see it on the cable news shows talking about the economy and the unemployment number coming down. You’re not gonna see this.
But this has the entire state of North Carolina roiled because a lot of parents did not know that there was a federal agent dispatched by the US Department of Agriculture investigating, examining what they were giving their kids to eat. It’s a four-year-old here. It’s a kindergarten. Now, here’s the latest from the Carolina Journal: “The national uproar over a 4-year-old’s recent encounter with a preschool lunch monitor at a Hoke County elementary school has prompted two members of the [North Carolina] congressional delegation to fire off a letter expressing ‘strong concern’ to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
“‘This unfortunate and absolutely unnecessary event exemplifies the very definition of “government overreach” and further perpetuates a growing reason of why the American people continue to hold less and less faith in our government,’ writes U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, D-8th District, in the letter co-signed by Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-2nd District. Kissell represents the district in which the incident took place. The incident, in which the child’s lunch was deemed by someone at the school as failing to meet federal nutrition guidelines [established by Michelle Obama], was reported in a Feb. 14 story by Carolina Journal associate editor Sara Burrows. It quickly garnered major coverage on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, cable news channels,” Drudge, and so forth.
“No state or school official has identified the person who intervened during the child’s lunch period to tell her she was eating a sub-standard lunch…” Now, here’s what happened. A kid, a four-year-old, goes to kindergarten. A federal agent says, “Hi, honey. Can I look at your lunch box?” The message here… And you have to understand, don’t doubt me on this, the message that was delivered from this agent to the little girl is: “Your mom doesn’t know what’s best for you; we do. You can’t trust your mom. Your mom is not making you a healthy lunch.” That’s the message. That’s the purpose of this. This is not about nutrition. This is not about making sure this four-year-old eats right.
This is about control. Like everything Obama’s doing, like everything the liberals are about, this is about control. This is about taking control of every citizen at a public institution run by the government, i.e., this school. So this little girl has this well-intentioned government official tell her that the lunch her mommy gave her is not good. It’s not healthy. This little girl went home. From what I understand, this little girl went home and asked her mother why she doesn’t care about her. I’m paraphrasing. The little girl went home and said something to her mother like, “The people at school told me that you weren’t giving me good lunch,” or something like that. This is how easy it is.
This is how easy it is. This is why, in North Carolina, people have lost their cookies. People are roiled, precisely because of this. This whole state is up in arms over this. You’re just not seeing it. It took the TV station in Raleigh two days to report on this, and when they reported it it’s still from the sympathetic standpoint of the government. But there are families — moms and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers — all over the state of North Carolina saying, “Why the hell is there a federal agent in the school investigating the lunch box in the first place for?” But the real point of this is not to make sure the girl gets the chicken nuggets.
By the way, chicken nuggets versus a banana and turkey-and-cheese sandwich? Who’s giving who a questionably nutritious food item here? But it’s not about that. It’s about control. It’s no different than back in the intense days of abortion when men were portrayed as predators. The whole point was to get little girls thinking their daddies were gonna hurt them, their daddies were dangerous, their daddies were somebody they had to be protected from. Same things here. Don’t doubt me on this. You think, “Rush, you’re really overreaching.” No, I’m not. This is who they are.
Call ’em statists, call ’em neostatists, call ’em dictators, call ’em whatever. People who know better than you. Don’t doubt me. You know that this happening throughout our culture now. Government knows better than you. Government knows better than you what’s good for you. They don’t think that you have what it takes to make the right decisions anyway. That’s why they want as many people dependent as possible: To control ’em! So they create doubt and distrust in this little girl’s mind about her mommy. Now, it says here, “No state or school official has identified the person who intervened,” but we may know, because there’s another story about this.
It is from the CBS TV affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky, WKYT. Headline: “Frankfort School Cafeteria Gets Visit from USDA Official.” And the name of this official is Audrey Rowe. Audrey Rowe is visiting schools all over the nation. “‘Everything we can do to make food taste good,’ Rowe told students at Elkhorn Middle School in Frankfort on Wednesday. The USDA official from Washington, DC got a first-hand lookÂ… and taste of school lunches in Kentucky. ‘I think we can make it to where one day youÂ’ll say “that lady was here and I like this food now.” ThatÂ’s what IÂ’m working on,’ she said.”
So in this case a woman named Audrey Rowe goes to a middle school, and what she wants the students to think is that because the federal government was there, the food is good now.
The food, the lunches provided by the parents is not good, not healthy, doesn’t meet federal guidelines. But this federal agent roars into town, takes a look at the school, the cafeteria, what the students are eating, and says to the students, “I think we can make it to where one day youÂ’ll say ‘that lady was here and I like this food now.’ That’s what I’m working on.” Could it be that this was the woman that was in North Carolina on Wednesday? I have no idea. The story says it was a state agent, and this woman is a state agent. If it’s not the same woman, it’s the same mentality.
A Google search reveals that Audrey Rowe has been very busy inspecting many school cafeterias around the country for many months now. When did it become the federal government’s job to make sure school lunches taste good? Not that we really believe making food taste good is her ultimate role here. Once again, this is about control. This is about creating the impression in the minds of these kids that the federal government was here, and because of that, the mistakes your parents make or the mistakes everybody else in the cafeteria makes, we’re gonna fix it. Your food’s gonna taste good. You’re gonna have the right food. We love you. We are taking care of you. We know better for you than your families do. We know better for you than the principal does. We know better than your teachers do. We, the federal government, and we are from Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm, and we are who will make your life better.
“Taylor Boggs ate lunch with Rowe, whoÂ’s worked directly with President Obama on school lunch legislation,” this woman has. Well that would make her Michelle Obama’s enforcer. She’s the deputy administrator of the USDA’s food and nutrition service. As a black woman from Chicago, she went to Harvard, she’s a natural fit for the job. “Usually for students, if they donÂ’t have a good lunch, sometime around mid-afternoon, they get sluggish, start having issues,” said Audrey Rowe. “Rowe says the bottom line is that school lunches today are going to be a lot different next year,” once Michelle really gets her hands on the levers of power. “8th graders say their meals are pretty good, but some daysÂ… ‘ItÂ’s really greasyÂ…and not fresh.'”
These government chicken nuggets can be greasy, can’t they? “Rowe says some districts have brought in chefs in to make changes.” Yeah, these are SEIU chefs, by the way. These are SEIU cafeteria workers. These are Obama union thugs being brought in here. “Elkhorn Middle School was given the thumbs up for already serving fat free milk and whole grain buns. ‘IÂ’m really pleased with what I see here in Kentucky. Other school districts are not as far along,’ Rowe said. Rowe says the new laws will not just change what is served in cafeterias, but what is allowed in vending machines and other areas of the school.”
Now, remember, this has all been tried in California. They tried the healthful stuff in California and there was a black market created in Doritos and Lay’s Potato Chips and everything else that you could no longer get in the vending machines and they finally had to give up and put the garbage food back in. They were about to have riots. The kids did not want to eat chickpeas, garbanzo beans, and tofu. So I don’t know if this was the same woman. Probably not. But the mind-set is the same. You got federal agents in schools and what they’re doing is telling the kids their parents can’t be trusted. Not that their parents mean them harm. Their parents just aren’t competent. They’re just not as good at this as we are. Trust us.
“Yeah, who do you think made these kids fat, Mr. Limbaugh? The parents, we gotta come in, we gotta control this and change it.” Anyway, this is the kind of thing that when it happens and people hear about it, they get up in arms. Nobody who voted for Obama intended for this, I guarantee you. Very few. The vast majority of the literal mind-numbed robots that voted for him did not think this is what was going to happen.
RUSH: I want to read you a passage from Obama’s second autobiography, The Audacity of Hope. I’ve read this to you before. This is from page 36. This is Obama writing in his second autobiography. Quote, “We all agree that there must be limits to the state’s power to control our behavior, even if it’s for our own good. Not many Americans would feel comfortable with the government monitoring what we eat, no matter how many deaths and how much of our medical spending may be due to rising rates of obesity.” Well, I guess that doesn’t mean much. “Not many Americans would feel comfortable with the government –” wait a minute. That doesn’t mean he’s not gonna do it. He just says you wouldn’t be comfortable with it.
RUSH: So Obama wrote that back in 2006, and it doesn’t mean he’s not going to monitor what we eat. It just means he knows we’re not gonna like it. Plain as day. “Not many Americans would feel comfortable with the government monitoring what we eat, no matter how many deaths and how much of our medical spending may be due to rising rates of obesity.” But because of the rising rates of obesity and because of how much of our medical spending is being spent on that stuff, we’re gonna have to monitor what people eat. He doesn’t say it, but the implication is clear.
RUSH: I want to wrap up this North Carolina thing and move on. It’s big, and I could spend another hour on this with perspective, but there are other things I must get to today, that you must get your calls in. What’s happening now is the CYA. Everybody at the Hoke Elementary School in North Carolina, this preschool, is trying now to shift the blame elsewhere or to say that this story is not what it’s being reported to be. There aren’t jackbooted thugs in here! The story going out now is that it was just a misunderstanding, that the four-year-old little girl was never made to eat the chicken nuggets, that she was just a little confused and a little stupid.
In fact, the Raleigh television station’s online story on this features a headline which (if you read it the right way, if you know where their starting point is on this), you could say, you can assume that they’re basically agreeing here with the little girl basically being a little confused, maybe a little stupid. It’s just all a misunderstanding! But put yourself in the situation that this four-year-old little girl’s in. Now, you’re four years old. Everything can scare you. Here comes an adult telling you that your lunch isn’t good. “Your lunch isn’t good! Your mommy didn’t make the right kind of lunch. Here’s what you need to be eating!” and they plop some chicken nuggets in front of her.
A four-year-old kid is not gonna have any concept of her rights. She’s not gonna sit there and be able to argue with this big adult who is automatically conferred with authority just by being there. You’d be scared to death to not do what the adult says! The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is stonewalling. Nobody will identify who this “agent” was. This agent is unnamed, unidentified, and nobody will claim, “Yeah, he was one of ours! Yeah, she was one of ours.” The feds, the state, nobody will claim ’em. There’s one report that it was a grad student or something from the University of North Carolina. But nobody knows.
So everybody, says, “Oh, you won’t tell us who it was? Hmm. I wonder what you’re trying to hide?” The local congressman is asking to speak with the school administration. The school administration is refusing to talk to the local representative, won’t return the phone calls. So, at any rate, I’m telling you one more time what this is all about. This is not accidental. This is not good intentions. This is not a bunch of adults from the federal government or Michelle (My Belle) Obama’s department, whatever, thinking they’re really gonna improve nutrition for kids. That’s not what this is about. That’s the vehicle. What this is about is control.
What this is about — honestly, folks — is separating young kids from their homes and their families by causing or creating doubt and distrust from the child to the parents. You’re a four-year-old little girl, an adult comes and tells you what’s in your lunch box is not good for you, “Well, who put it there? Your mommy did! That lunch isn’t healthy.” In fact, this little girl did go home and tell her mother or ask her mother why she didn’t make a good lunch. I’m paraphrasing, but something like that. It’s very easy for the government to pull this stuff off. It starts this early. You create distrust between the child and the family and total trust between the child and government.
How’s this kid gonna vote if they get away with this? If they keep treating this kid and others throughout the educational experience, how’s this kid gonna end up voting? How’s this kid gonna live? What is this kid gonna end up believing? “If it wasn’t for the government, I might-a been poisoned! If it wasn’t for the government, I might have starved to death! I might-a gotten a disease because my mommy didn’t know how to fix a good lunch.” Don’t smirk, folks! I can see you smirking and I can see you look at the radio as though you think I’ve lost my cookies. Do not do it. Have the courage to admit you know that I am right about this! This is exactly how it’s done. Human history is replete with stories like this, tactics like this.