Friday, December 17, 2010

Monet Parham (McDonald’s Wimp) is an Unfit Mother

A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have. -- Thomas Jefferson

Only in California. A Sacramento woman has sued McDonald’s over happy meals. It seems she has no control over her kids and, in true liberal fashion, wants the government (courts) to control her kids for her.

I lifted this from an opinion piece by Walter Olson in the NY Daily News: “...a consumer group has sued McDonald’s demanding that it take the toys out of its Happy Meals. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, an advocacy group, claims it violates California law for the hamburger chain to make its meals too appealing to kids, thus launching them on a lifelong course to overeating and other health horrors. It’s representing an allegedly typical mother of two from Sacramento name Monet Parham." A Link to the complete on-line article is below.

First, let’s get this out of the way. It turns out she is an advocate for “healthy” food - regional program manager on the state of California payroll for child nutrition matters. (As a resident of California, it is embarrassing that Monet is employed by us.) If that’s her true motivation behind this, I will back off of my claim she is an unfit mother, in which case she is just an idiot trying to help other parents become unfit. However, if she actually means the statements in the lawsuit, then my charge stands. Assuming she wouldn’t lie about her claims, I will continue.

As you may know, McDonald’s offers it’s happy meals with a toy, obviously to win favor with kids and grandmas. (Some grandmas who don’t eat much like to get the happy meal so they can give the toy to their favorite people.) The happy meal typically contains a burger or chicken bits, french fries, and a soda. However, you can make a choice to get apple slices instead of fries, and milk instead of soda.

Ms. Parham, it seems, can’t say no to her kids when they want a McDonald’s happy meal. And when she relents (probably immediately as it appears her will power is somewhat less than what Darwin would have declared necessary for human survival) she says only if they get apple slices and milk. Then they squawk so much that she again relents and lets them have the full-blown nutritional nightmare. It’s not fair she has to say “No,” and she wants McDonald’s to make it so she doesn’t have to.

Poor Monet, she has a tough road in front of her. She is going to face a lot more ‘No” moments in her roll as a mother, and she better get a grip now. If this is any indication of her motherly abilities she will make a wreck of her kids. In the future when her then 15-year old daughter announces she is going to New York for spring break with a 45-yr old suspected child rapist, she won’t be able to say no.

Monet, listen up. If you are so willing to give up such simple parenting control to the government now, you may ultimately have to give the government permanent control. If your kids don’t pay attention to you and know they can get their way simply by squawking, you are toast. You are the parent - act like one. Stay on your current course and you will be lucky not lose your kids to prison or worse. That’s where a lot of kids go whose parents don’t exercise control early on.

I’ll stick my neck out here, but I’m not too worried. I’ve got $40 that says Monet and her lead attorney are registered Democrats - liberal ones at that. This is typical of progressives that want the government to control everything we can and cannot do.

It is not likely this lawsuit will prevail, even in California, and Mr. Olson notes they may be doing this for publicity as much as anything else. In my view, this is a clear case of a frivolous lawsuit, and I hope McDonald's pursues it as such. If Micky D’s wants to set up a legal defense fund on this and to pursue retribution, I will send in my donation in a heartbeat. This nonsense is destructive, distracting from issues that matter, and, like women who cry rape falsely, it deafens the cry from those who are telling the truth. It makes us numb, and weakens us.

And for those of you who feel it is so stupid as to bear no attention, keep in mind there was a time when you could paint your house any color you wanted.

Mercer Tyson

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