Thursday, December 16, 2010

First They Come for McDonalds.......

"What kids see as a fun toy, I now realize is a sophisticated, high-tech marketing scheme that's designed to put McDonald's between me and my daughters, for the sake of other parents and their children, I want McDonald's to stop interfering with my family."

So says Monet Parham. She and her attorneys are hoping to start a class action lawsuit to force McDonalds to no longer include a toy in the happy meal. Apparently, they don't think the meal is all that happy. She has also been quoted as saying that there are only so many times she can say no to her daughters. Really?

This is just one more example of people expecting the government to do the work for you and when they can't they take it to a liberal leaning court somewhere to find an activist judge to do it instead. We have been overcome by so-called consumer advocate groups that are trying to push their own agenda onto the rest of us. The Center for Science in the Public Interest is working with Ms. Parham to file this suit. They are non-profit group that is privately funded by such people as the Heinz family foundation, the Streisand Foundation, and the Rockefeller foundation among many others.

"highly sophisticated scheme to use the bait of toys to exploit children's developmental immaturity and subvert parental authority."
This foundation has also worked on lawsuits to get Kentucky Fried Chicken to stop using oils that contain trans fats. My question is does that make KFC any healthier. I realize it cuts down on some fat, but the food is still not good for you.

This is a case being brought by a mother who by her own admission lets her children decide where she drives them to and what they are allowed to eat and an organization that in some ways is going more harm than good. There are people out there that will convince themselves that KFC is not bad for them. Removing the trans fat makes it slightly healthier, but certainly is not healthy. They are also continuing this silly notion that somehow parents are so incapable of disciplining their children that a five-year old that sees a commercial for a toy in a happy meal is capable of making the decisions of the family menu over the objections of the adults. It is the silliest thing I have ever heard.

Yes, children can ask for things over and over again, they sometimes whine and cry, but ultimately the parents are in charge. The reason that children whine and cry for things over and over again are twofold; one being they are allowed to get away with it or it gets them what they want. If you don't give in to them eventually they learn that whining and crying won't work and they stop doing it. Our overextended court system will now have to use money and resources to hear a case simply because a mother can't be bothered to be the grown up with her children. Those toys are only attractive to young children, once they hit five or six those toys no longer fun. Does she really think that a court needs to be involved to help parents control 3-6 year olds?

Cross posted at PotLuck


Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Who's the adult? JUST SAY NO !

Lisa, An American Mom said...

Oooh, this makes me so angry. It is never easy being a parent and having to say no all the time, but sheesh. Sack up and do it. Your kids will thank you in 20 years when they are hard-working, balanced adults. I cannot believe people like this lady think that government has more answers than the people. She is so wrong.

Deekaman said...

I read this elsewhere and one of the commenters remarked that we would lose our Constitutional rights by doing it "for the children". I fear that is correct.

Just a conservative girl said...

Odie and Lisa:
Apparently not this woman. I just find it very hard to believe that she is forced by young children to take them to McDonalds. My mother didn't take me to McDonalds all that often. For her it wasn't about the food not being healthy, but it was because she didn't want to spend the money on things like that. My parents didn't take us out to eat very often. My mother doesn't really like to cook, but she did it every night.

Deekaman, you are correct we are losing our liberties because someone thinks we are too stupid to think for ourselves. It is up to us to parent our children. The government should only be involved in cases of abuse.

Conservative Pup said...

Personally, I think social services should go out to inspect the safety of the children. If she can't tell them 'no' to a Happy Meal, when supposedly she's the one driving the car, then what will happen if the children want to eat rat poison or drink drain cleaner? Play in traffic?

Doesn't sound to me like the kids are safe with her, if she's that immature.

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