Skip to comments.Liberals Hate SUV's
Posted on 12/02/2002 3:54:46 PM PST by u-89
Liberals Hate SUVs
It goes without saying that liberals hate the free market, big business, even democracy when the voters disagree with them. If truth were known, they hate the human race - at least that part of it which is not them. Darn those human beings for not living their lives according to the liberal prescription.
A sales pitch, masquerading as a book review, in The New York Times shows the liberal biases perfectly. The book was written by a New York Times reporter about the sport utility vehicle and was reviewed by a college professor who teaches journalism. Both show their low regard for others. I won't name the book; it doesn't deserve any publicity.
The professor and apparently the author do not raise the issue that is the premise of the book. The author is ticked off that sport utility vehicles are classified as trucks under the federal government's laws governing gasoline mileage. The two of them consider this a high crime and the result of nefarious moves and dark motives. Neither of them questions the government's right to regulate gasoline consumption by private vehicles, though there is nothing in the Constitution that would authorize it.
The fact is that when Congress passes bad laws, the number of which seem to be increasing, people find a way to get around them. Are SUVs trucks? They certainly look more like trucks than cars to me. The government can define anything and anybody in any way it wishes. And why should we care, given that it should not be meddling in the automobile industry at all?
The author and the professor, however, see a sinister motive even for people who buy these vehicles. "The SUV, it turns out," says the professor, "is a vehicle of aggression, a machine to menace other people with." Oh? I know two ladies who ended up with SUVs. They weren't looking to menace anyone. They were looking for a third seat and a safe vehicle in which to haul kids.
These two liberals (the reviewer alternates between quoting the author and spouting off himself) think SUVs are "tippy monstrosities with mediocre brakes that block other drivers' view of the road and inflict massive damage during collisions."
Another load of horse apples. It's a matter of the laws of physics that taller vehicles are more prone to tip over than shorter cars. Still, any car will tip over if the centrifugal force exceeds the grip of gravity. Ask a sports-car racer. Knowing how to drive means knowing the limits of your vehicle.
And in a collision, SUVs are generally safer. Again, the laws of physics. All else being equal, a heavier vehicle will deliver more force than a lighter vehicle. An SUV certainly is likely to demolish a Honda Civic, but an 18-wheeler or a dump truck will certainly demolish an SUV, and a train will destroy an 18-wheeler.
They also think it is deceptive and stupid for people to want four-wheel drive when they "obviously" are not going to be driving off-road. The liberal always knows what is in the minds of the multitude. Many SUVs don't come with four-wheel drive as a standard feature. In fact, though, in the parts of the country where there is likely to be ice and snow, four-wheel drive is definitely safer than two-wheel drive.
What is really causing these two liberals to choke on their own bile is simply freedom - a free people making their own choice about what kind of vehicle they wish to drive. They can't stand free people not agreeing with their prejudices. As it happens, I don't drive a sport utility vehicle. My children are grown; I've given up hunting; so a sedan suits me fine. But if I wanted to buy an SUV, I'd say it's none of the damned business of any liberal who doesn't like it. All liberals are just gutless wannabe dictators.
All liberals are just gutless wannabe dictators
Pay for the $200 tax stamp, and cough up the big bucks for one, and you can own a 105. Same as for machine guns. I just can't afford to buy or feed a monster like that. A single shot .50BMG is expensive enough for my tastes. ;>)
But please, remember to turn off your blinker after the turn. Tanks are noisy.
Why hate them? They serve a function for some people. Perhaps not you, but why hate them?
Fortunately, that's not your determination to make. This being a free country and all (void where prohibitied).
In other words, any problem with SUVs is a driver problem, not a vehicle problem. Good drivers can drive an M1A Abrams down the street and it wouldn't bother me in the least.
You know whats really horrifying here? Why hasn't the DNC come out and condemned these acts of vandalism as contrary to the American way of life? Haven't heard many Dems on the issue either, huh? Thats because at their hearts...the democrats totally AGREE with these home grown green terrorists. AL GORE said as much in his BOOK! His ultimate goal is to remove the term "internal combustion engine" from the world lexicon.
Make no mistake the movement to ban SUV's is far more sinister and far reaching than what these idiots are being portrayed as. See....(thoughtfully and firmly adjusting the frequency on my tin foil hat) it's all about control. On one level, it's about gun control. No ability to go far afield and reach the hunting grounds? No way to haul out the meat? NO MORE "SPORTING NEED" to own a hunting rifle...no more hunting. NOW those bolt action rifles suddenly become....ta-DAHHHHH "SNIPER RIFLES!"
Want to control a large measure of the population in their travel habits...keep track of them...check on their intrastate travel papers? BAN the 4X4 vehicle and instantly the backwater gulleys and rutted country roads become impassable and thus it is much easier to control the movement of an entire population. Imagine the places HUMMER owners (Or the far more affordable HUMMER2!) could get to to go around a nice easy roadside checkpoint for "Your PAPERS...PLEASE!"
BTW, Those babies (H2) are going to blow the standard Suburban right off the map. It's already happening here in Miami, FL...where nobody takes their SUV's and trucks off the pavement anyway. At least not until they go on vacation in North Carolina! LOL I have had the opportunity to test drive H2 and it is certainly impressive...even along side it's more capable big brother.
Easy......most SUV drivers are women and most women are liberal.
By the way, before I get flamed, I'm a woman SUV driver who loves the space for my kids.........I just know that most women are overly emotional and not logical when it comes to politics, I'm sorry to say.
p.s. The Texas aTm Aggies will have a new football coach. It is about damn time.
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