"Eat your peas"
Henry has this about it:
I had no idea that this was a term coined by the late William Saffire in reference to Michael Dukakis…
“Eat Your Peas” Government is a euphemism for the Nanny State, for the government which assumes that the great bulk of citizens are simply too childlike or stupid to be able to be trusted to make their own decisions about… well… anything. William Safire famously referred to 1988 Democrat presidential candidate Michael Dukakis as an Eat Your Peas politician for being such a scold, and the term stuck.
The mask hasn't just slipped but has been removed for some time now.