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July 22, 2008
Expensive Gas; It Restricts Driving . . . and Freedom
Gasoline is at over $4
a gallon in late summer of an election year. Once upon a time, incumbent
congressmen and senators would have reacted to this about as well as
Dracula to sunlight and crucifixes. And they would have rushed to get
prices lower by the first Tuesday in November, so as to best protect
their precious re-elections.
But not this year.
Democrats have stopped all attempts to increase domestic drilling with
the ruthless efficiency of The Terminator. On its face, this would seem
to be an insane and suicidal move. Even with a biased mainstream media
giving them cover and a completely gutless and impotent Republican
Party, this might just be a bridge too far.
Yet here we are, with
Democrats stopping at nothing to keep gas prices as high as possible,
and even coming up with a bill that would actually restrict drilling
even further, by halving land lease periods and more than doubling the
lease extension cost. Naturally, they lie and obfuscate to present it as
somehow increasing drilling, when in fact it's the opposite.
In past years,
Democrats would never dare try such a thing and if they stupidly did,
the GOP would thank the heavens and unload on them mercilessly for it.
That the former are and the latter are not speaks volumes as to what is
really going on and what the stakes really are for you and me.
Bluntly put, the
Democrats like expensive gas. They would be happy to see it get
even more so, especially if the proceeds get taxed away to them and not
left in the private sector. Why? Because they are totalitarians at
heart, and the environmentalist wackos so prevalent within their base
are of a particularly noxious hard-core strain. And so long as we can
afford to drive away from and escape the disasters into which
unfettered, unchallenged liberalism has turned most of our big cities,
we as a people cannot be so controlled.
Our freedom and liberty
as individuals is highly dependent upon motorized vehicles and the
mobility they provide. That's a large reason the automobile is such a
fitting symbol of Americana. They, in turn, depend upon affordable,
plentiful energy to run. Take that away, and people will have no choice
but to cram themselves into much smaller areas that allow work and other
destinations to be reached by train, bicycle or foot. That, by
definition, makes them easier for government to control.
And that is why the
internal combustion engine has been all but targeted for extinction by
the liberal left and the enviro-wackos: It stands in the way of their
grand plan. Get rid of it by getting rid of the energy required to power
it, and in one fell swoop, the suburban migration that liberals
themselves caused by wrecking cities from the 1960s on forward with the
consequences of their bad and wrong ideas will be reversed. Or so they
Viewed through this
lens, the Democrats' obstinate behavior makes perfect sense. Less so is
the complete lack of a Republican response, much less a vigorous one.
They ought to be hammering the bejeebers out of the Democrats on this
major vulnerability. From President Bush on down to local-level GOP
candidates, they ought to be speaking if not screaming in one loud voice
on this, in a way that not even the biased mainstream media could
But, as is the case on
virtually every issue, the one guy who is best positioned to make this
happen can't possibly because his position scarcely differs from the
Democrats. Sen. John McCain, who as the presidential candidate is the
de facto standard-bearer for Democratic opposition, also refuses
to open ANWR and pulls a classic Clintonian phony triangulating dodge,
saying he'd like coastal states to decide off-shore drilling for
themselves, knowing darn well that Washington, Oregon and California are
all much too liberal to ever go forward with it.
As is seemingly the
case with every horrible Democrat bill, enough of the GOP caucus in
Congress defects to make a spirited defense from within that institution
impossible. Even if some conservative portion were to break off and try
to go on offense, their credibility is already blown to heck and
virtually non-existent due to that. So most do what is in their nature:
Try their best to avoid collateral damage and get in on the pork-barrel
gravy train. If you can't beat 'em, get re-elected some other way.
So we have one party
hell-bent almost beyond comprehension to forcibly re-make American
society in their Marxist image, and the other that is at best cowardly
and impotent and at worst an unindicted co-conspirator in the effort.
What does this mean? It means that the former is most likely going to
eventually get its way. It may take time, its advances may be gradual
and incremental all the better to go unnoticed by the ignorant masses
until it's too late but when there is effectively no resistance, it's
just a matter of time.
The fight to drill
off-shore, drill ANWR, build refineries, build nuclear power plants and
finally become truly energy independent (meaning not requiring it from
elsewhere, as opposed to the liberal enviro-wacko definition of being
independent of energy i.e., not having any at all) is a fight
for our nation's soul and future. And if no one on the political scene
has the guts to stand in the gap, then it falls to us as citizens.
The Democrats have made
their intentions as clear as they ever have. Will we recognize this for
the threat to our way of life that it is? And will we respond
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