Have you ever noticed how horrible government ads are? Meth billboards with bloody sputum, miserable overweight kids designed to sicken moms? These ads might not be tolerated on the grounds of decency, verity or good taste from the private sector, but the government is held to lower standards. I have long been horrified by the upside down priorities of government, not to mention that government efforts to control behavior often backfire. Prohibition led to a 400% INCREASE in alcohol consumption in the United States. Currently, the Drug War takes far more lives than illegal drugs themselves. 45,000 people have died in the US-exported Mexican Drug War over the past six years, while only 4,500 people die of illegal drug use in the US annually. (This contrasts with 15,000 deaths per year in the US from prescription painkillers–see my article on this.)
This latest ad from government not only offends the sensibilities, it attempts to redefine morality: It’s cute to lie to your kids for a good cause, and what cause could be better than Michelle Obama’s War Against Obesity. Check it out…
Karen Singer Avrech on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government blog articulates well her disgust with this sort of thing. If you want to read her brief article, click here.
This recent example reminded me of a disgusting commercial I saw in LA when I lived there a few years ago. I have a good sense of humor and this is supposed to be funny but I couldn’t crack a smile as this aired on my toddler’s show, Animal Atlas.