Authoritarian Moonbats Want to Take the Smile Out of Happy Meals

File this one under “Militant Liberals Snatch Candy From Laughing Babies’ Mouths”:

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a liberal consumer advocacy organization, has announced it will sue McDonald’s unless the fast-food franchise stops using toys to market its “Happy Meals” to children.

“This morning, CSPI notified McDonald’s that we will file a lawsuit against the company unless it stops using toys to beguile young children,” said Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

“We contend that tempting kids with toys is unfair and deceptive both to kids who don’t understand the concept of advertising and to their parents who have to put up with their nagging children,” he said.

If only someone would protect us from nagging moonbats.

In yet another astonishingly hypocritical example of liberal projection, a nanny state thug explains that CSPI is imposing its totalitarian views on McDonald’s customers because Mickey D is a bully. asked attorney Stephen Gardner, the director of litigation at CSPI who wrote the letter to McDonald’s threatening the lawsuit, why his group is not targeting Wendy’s, Burger King and others. …

“McDonald’s is … the ‘Big Kahuna’ — it’s the bully on the playground here,” said Gardner.

Funny, I would have thought the bully on the playground was the snarling progressive who wants to take away kids’ toys, not the business offering people something they want for a price they can afford.

Gardner then offered up still more projection by bellowing that McDonald’s is

“deliberately trying to supplant parental authority and parental responsibility by turning these kids into little screaming viral marketers sitting in the backseat demanding to go to McDonald’s to get some cheap piece of plastic.”

In contrast, dictating to parents whether or not they can buy Happy Meals for the children Gardner finds so distasteful isn’t supplanting parental authority, but rather enlightening parents as to how much better their kids will turn out if they are raised not by themselves, but by sanctimonious left-wing do-gooders through the instrument of Big Government.

Nothing draws snarls from progressives like a happy child.

On tips from B1bbet, Jimbo, and The Ulminator. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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