FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE SHREK FIGURINES, AND I DID NOT SPEAK OUT BECAUSE I WAS NOT A SHREK FIGURINE...
The right doesn't think the Arizona immigration law is jackbooted big government run amok. You know what the right does think is jackbooted big government run amok?
...Convinced that Happy Meals and other food promotions aimed at children could make kids fat as well as happy, county officials in Silicon Valley are poised to outlaw the little toys that often come with high-calorie offerings.
... the proposal would forbid the inclusion of a toy in any restaurant meal that has more than 485 calories, more than 600 mg of salt or high amounts of sugar or fat. In the case of McDonald's, the limits would include all of the chain's Happy Meals....
... The California Restaurant Assn. has taken out full-page newspaper advertisements against the proposed ordinance in local newspapers. One shows a little girl with her hands cuffed behind her back as she holds a stuffed animal.
Another opponent wrote in a YouTube posting, "I want to know when the pitchforks and torches and rope is going to come out.... We need to run these Frankenstein politician monsters the hell out of town!" ...
Or as the posters at Fox Nation put it (in a thread titled "California Nanny-Staters Crack Down on Happy Meal Toys"):
In a socialist society, nobody is allowed to be happy. We all must suffer in misery together. That is what a progressive calls Fairness.
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!!! If parents want to feed their kids DIRT that's their choice.
Bye Bye Freedom! Toys, fat, salt, sugar...........
Our rights are God given.
Rights the government controls can all be taken away.
I trust God.
It's California, they would rather have them playing with their mommies and other mommies double headed d.i.l.d.o than a happy meal toy!
Hey, on that last one? Thanks for sharing.
Now, one can argue about the merits of this proposal. Still, all it does is deprive kids of a free piece of cheaply made plastic crap.
"But," you say, "our forebears died at Valley Forge for the right to obtain free cheaply made plastic crap!" Well, nobody's stopping you from buying cheaply made plastic crap. Governments regulate restaurants, through food-safety laws, zoning laws, and so on. There's no reason government can't do this.
However, I realize I'm forgetting that McDonald's is a massive multinational corporation rather than, y'know, a brown person, so any infringement on its preferences is by definition Hitlerian.