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The Pushers

Lunchroom Black Market

When I was a teenager, my mom attended nursing school and became very interested in nutrition. This had consequences.

She stopped buying sugary cereals, for instance. Well! We could not supinely accept this. My younger brother hid Cap’n Crunch and other stuff like that under his bed; and when we wanted a bedtime snack, we’d find him and barter on the black market.

I cite those halcyon days of determined resistance as a relatively benign example of adults regulating kids. Parents have that job. Mom was certainly within her rights. Yet children, although they should gladly obey all reasonable parental injunctions, can only be expected to resist when parental prerogatives stray into sugary-cereal-banning territory.

How much more enthusiastically, then, must we cheer kids who valiantly evade not the proper authority of parents but the improper, pushy, Puritanical programs of joy-stomping institutional busybodies?

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Are you by any chance referring to the efforts of Michelle Obama and snivelingly acquiescent educrats to expel anything tasty from school lunchrooms across the land, as if innocuous condiments were the equivalent of strychnine?” Correct!

I’m also talking about kids “caught bringing — and even selling[!!] — salt, pepper, and sugar” to rescue their taste buds from the arbitrarily bland fare.

Good going, guys! And if moms and dads want to take this Declaration of Independence even further, let them yank their kids out of these places and find another way to teach them the ABCs.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

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Lunchroom Black Market


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  1. drik says:

    These kids are also learning valuable lessons about both capricious regulations and free market entrepreneurship as they circumvent this intrusive administration. Not turning into compliant citizens after all. 
    A wise man said that, while society finds its order in a central authority, the difference in “isms”matters little. A light hand always engenders chaos and a heavy one, revolution. 
    The utopians never allow for how to change human nature.
    Incidentally, a captain wears 4 bars on his sleeve. The cereal icon has only 3. He is Commander Crunch.

    • JFB says:

      Excellent comment Dirk, and yes, obominal food is is training the children that the response to prohibitions are profitae black markets in grade school. Not good for for the centralized control system. 

  2. Karen H says:

    We increasingly live in a police state where thoughts, words and now food are regulated for the “greater good.” And most people just acquiesce, like sheep we are led to the slaughter of our freedoms. Happy Independence weekend!

  3. Lynn Atherton Bloxham says:

    Rebellion, I say. It is mass disobedience. How did this happen?

    Thank goodness the kids have some spirit.

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